This week’s most important headlines out of and about Africa.
In this week’s news, Nij Collins of Cameroon wins Google Code-In competition, the 19th Africa Energy Forum dates are confirmed, and South Africa remains in the International Criminal Court despite President Zuma’s notice of withdrawal.
Google Code-In competition sees the first black-African winner
The Google Code-In competition is an open-source project for pre-university applicants. Participants are required to be currently enrolled in a pre-university program, between the ages of 13 and 17 years old and possess a willingness to learn. Under mentor supervision, contestants develop and advance their skills in programming, outreach, documentation, testing, and code reviews to name a few.
Nij Collins is a 17-year-old student from Bamenda, Cameroon. Despite government restriction of internet access in the Anglophone regions, Collins traveled to the Francophone region to submit his entry for the contest. With the help of his mentor and guidance from OpenMRS, Collins was successful and will be flown to Google headquarters this summer.
19th Africa Energy Forum to take place in Copenhagen, Denmark
This June marks the 50th anniversary of Denmark celebrating its Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFDC). Denmark currently leads the world in clean energy policies. This forum will discuss project partnerships with leading energy companies to identify opportunities between the Nordic States and the African continent. Over 30 African countries participate in this forum annually to collectively move the energy industry forward. Past forums have boasted of having 2000 participants from 80 countries.
African Energy is a UK-based business intelligence provider managed and owned by Cross-border Information (CBI). This organization consults risk analysis and primary infrastructure sectors in the Middle East and African continent. The Africa Energy Forum will take place from June 7-9, 2017.
South Africa rejects President Zuma’s withdrawal from International Criminal Court
In October 2016, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa requested to withdraw from the International Criminal Court amid allegations of the ICC targeting only-African nations. South Africa’s North Gauteng High Court has since overruled the request because Zuma failed to consult parliament prior to releasing his statement.
The High Court believes that South Africa’s historical commitment to its human rights foreign policy contradicts this request and would set a bad example for the world. South Africa’s North Gauteng High Court has since ordered President Zuma and the Ministries of Justice and Foreign Affairs to revoke their request.