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Promising Rwandan singer, Kaya Byinshii set for African tour

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Upcoming Rwandan singer, Kaya Byanshii, has announced her first-ever African tour dubbed “Tournee Afrique”, scheduled to kick off on May 27.

Byinshii, who is one of the promising female artistes in the Eastern African country and the continent as a whole, in a chat with The New Times, a prominent media platform in Rwanda, said the tour would be a collaborative effort with Nigerian entertainer, Aunty Rayzor, and will take place in 10 cities in six different African countries.

“Honestly, I always wondered how far my music would go. Now that it happened this is the beginning and it says a lot,” she told the news outfit.

“I feel blessed to be able to share my music with other people live. It’s a huge opportunity because I will be representing Rwanda,” she added.

According to her, the concerts would begin on May 27 in Kampala, Uganda, and continue in Algiers, Annaba, Constantine, Tlemcen and Oran, Algeria, Djibouti, Nairobi, Kenya, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, before a grand finale in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda.

Byinshii made history as one of the few African singers who performed at the coronation ceremony of King Charles III of England, where she performed in a joint choir together with other singers from around the world.

She also represented Rwanda in the Prix Découvertes RFI in 2021, where she was selected by the Institut Français du Rwanda to represent the country.

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Egypt’s non-oil sector improved in June— Report 

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Months after an infusion of foreign cash from the UAE and an expanded arrangement with the IMF, Egypt’s non-oil private sector showed more signs of improvement in June, according to a poll released on Thursday.

Egypt’s S&P Global Purchasing Managers’ Index increased from 49.6 in May to 49.9 in June, an improvement attributed to reducing price pressures and improved demand forecasts. It demonstrates that the country was approaching recovery while staying below the 50.0 level that separates growth from contraction for 43 straight months.

“Egyptian non-oil companies saw an increase in sales volumes in June for the first time since August 2021,” S&P Global said.

The survey follows a reshuffled cabinet took office with the mandate to reduce inflation and increase investment.

The sub-index for new orders recorded 50.2 points, the highest level since August 2021. The most encouraging signals came from the industrial and services sectors, which the companies attributed to a rebound in market conditions. On the other hand, construction activity decreased.

June saw a mostly stable job market as some businesses announced increases in hiring to keep up with demand, while others did not replace laid-off or retired employees.

According to S&P analyst David Owen, companies seem to be “heading on the road to recovery”.

“If we see further rises in sales and purchases in the second half of this year, firms should have the motivation and need to expand their output,” Owen said.

“While June saw the fastest rise in input prices for three months, firms generally commented that this was due to a high degree of volatility in market prices rather than an accelerating inflation trend,” S&P Global said.

The study did note that the future output sub-index reached its lowest point in the series’ history, with the majority of businesses expressing uncertainty about their potential to grow in light of the current economic unrest.

“Some hoped for a pick-up in demand. Positive expectations were seen in three out of the four monitored sectors, with construction the outlier,” S&P Global said.

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Kenya’s economic growth rises to 5.6% in 2023

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With strong output in the agriculture sector, Kenya’s GDP expanded by 5.6% in 2023 compared to a revised 4.9% in the previous year, according to a Monday statement from the head of the statistics office.

The agricultural sector, which accounts for almost a fifth of the country’s yearly GDP, is the main driver of the East African economy. The industry recovered from two years of contractions thanks to heavy rains following years of drought.

“Last year it shot to 7% (growth),” the director general of the statistics office, Macdonald Obudho, stated at a press conference to introduce the report on economic growth for the period.

Another important industry, tourism, saw the increase as well, according to Obudho, with 2.087 million tourists arriving last year, above the pre-pandemic norm of 2.035 million.

A combination of factors including drought, rising commodity prices, and tight global financial conditions caused real GDP growth to drop from 7.5% in 2021 to 5.5% in 2022. Services drove growth on the supply side while household consumption drove growth on the demand side. Food and energy inflation caused inflation to increase from 6.1% in 2021 to 7.6% in 2022.

According to the African Development Bank, Kenya’s GDP is projected to grow 5.6% in 2023 and 6.0% in 2024, driven by services and household consumption. Inflation is projected to rise to 8.6% in 2023 and 5.9% in 2024, driven by food and energy inflation. Monetary policy is expected to remain tight.

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