The Africa Report: 04 June
EWN Africa Correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day's top African news.
JAPANESE PREMIER: AFRICA IS THE WORLD'S FUTURE ECONOMIC ENGINE
Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe has declared the African continent the engine for economic growth over the coming decades.
This statement was made on Monday, concluding the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development which saw African and Japanese leaders discuss matters such as curbing China's growing interest in Africa.
Japan has made a $14 billion aid pledge with half of it to be invested in infrastructure.
Abe voiced Japan's commitment to growth in Africa, vowing that Japan would not only purchase raw material but would also assist African nations in generating employment and economic prosperity.
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma was one of the African leaders present at the three-day conference.
ICC DELAYS CHARGES FOR LAURENT GBAGBO, LOOKS FOR VENUE FOR KENYAN TRIAL
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has decided to delay charges against the Ivory Coast's former president, Laurent Gbagbo, ordering prosecution to strengthen their case against him.
Gbagbo has been accused of alleged involvement in crimes against humanity for post-election violence in 2010 that saw approximately 3000 people die.
This delay comes as a further blow to ICC prosecution who had recently seen the acquittal of a Congolese suspect and a senior Kenyan official due to a lack of evidence and fearful witnesses.
Simultaneously, the ICC is also considering a venue for the trial of Kenyan vice-president, William Ruto.
Ruto will be tried for crimes against humanity - also for post-election violence that saw the death of 1200 people - on 10 September but a venue has not yet been confirmed.
His co-accused, Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, is scheduled for trial in July.
Interestingly, the ICC is considering trying Ruto in Africa, either at home or in Tanzania.
The ICC was recently accused of being racist by the African Union - the most represented region at the ICC court.
43 African states have signed the treaty and 34 have ratified it.
South Africa is one of the signatories and if the accused are found guilty or if they refuse to abide by ICC rulings, South Africa will have to bar them and adhere to ICC procedure.
EGYPTIAN POLITICIANS PROPOSE HOSTILITIES AGAINST ETHIOPIA FOR DAMMING THE NILE
During a televised meeting, Egyptian politicians suggesting engaging in hostile acts against Ethiopia, not knowing that the discussion was a live broadcast.
Tensions have been growing in Nile-dependent countries, since the news of Ethiopia's construction of a hydroelectric dam on the Blue Nile.
The dam, which costs $4.2 billion to build, evoked a militant stance amongst Egyptian politicians who suggested backing rebels who had similar feelings regarding the dam.
President Mohamed Morsi had the good sense not to react to the suggestions.