TANZANIA: Tigo Tanzania has launched a service that connects Tigo Pesa customers to all major mobile money services in the East African region making transactions for cross-border remittance easy.
I sent a WhatsApp message to an old acquaintance, a nurse, requesting to know the state of vaccination in Sierra Leone. Unlike other messages to her in the past, her response did not take long in coming and it was via a voice call.
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We hope our message below finds you well and healthy!It’s unbelievable, it is 5 years since we launched the Miss.Africa Digital Seed Funding Award program. Time really flies by when good things happen. Anniversaries are indeed a time to celebrate, to look back at where we come from, and also to reflect on how we’ve changed.
GHANA: Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany together with Ghana’s First Lady H.E. Rebecca Akufo-Addo Foundation presented relief items to more than 1000 persons living with disabilities, HIV/ AIDS and casual and daily workers with special focus on women who are most affected by the Coronavirus (COVID -19) lockdown to curb the spread of the pandemic in Ghana.
FMN, Nigeria’s biggest food business and agro-allied group brings its biggest strength to the table to fight the COVID-19 virus
SWITZERLAND: The Federal Council has decided to increase the guarantee assistance programme for COVID-19 bridging credit facilities by additional 20 CHF billion making in total CHF 40 billion according to government release.
CHINA: TECNO Mobile recently released its new camera phone, CAMON 15 series through an online launch event, which became a milestone event in the smartphone industry as the first online product launch in Africa.
UNITED KINGDOM: Newly converted to an online-only format, Sotheby’s sixth sale of Modern & Contemporary African Art realised £2,359,375 / $2,881,741, featuring over 100 works from 58 artists across 21 countries. The auction saw a 46% increase in the number of bidders in comparison to the equivalent sale last year.
IVORY COAST, The African Development Bank’s (AfDB) “Fight Covid-19” social bond listed on London Stock Exchange (LSE) is now available through its Sustainable Bond Market.
On the same day President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone announced the country’s confirmation of its first COVID-19 victim, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) also announced that a senior minister in the Bio Administration had been charged to court for the missing 49,000 bags of rice donated by China to assist the government in feeding hundreds of thousands malnourished school children across the country according to Sierra Leone Telegraph.
“Passenger road transport is the backbone of the global economy. It contributes to the success of numerous sectors, but not limited to, the tourism industry and is essential to business and leisure travel.
(Ecofin Agency) - Ralph Mupita, Head of MTN Group, announced the company plans to sell 15% of its stake in MTN Nigeria. If the operation is completed, MTN will hold 64% in the subsidiary.
(Ecofin Agency) - The stringent restrictive measures adopted by governments to control the propagation of the novel coronavirus pandemic across the world are expected to drop international tourist arrivals by 20% to 30% this year, compared to the last one. This, in turn, could cost between $300 billion and 450 billion, or about one-third of the $1.5 trillion generated in 2019.
SOUTH AFRICA: The African Energy Chamber has named the five most vulnerable African countries amid the Covid-19 and oil price plunge. In its recent analysis the chamber named the countries as Angola, Senegal, Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria.
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The meeting and urged Member States to put in place National Preparedness and Response Plans and encouraged preventive measures
Robust collaboration would help improve business climate, says VP. - To further improve the country's business climate, there will now be a direct connection between the anti-corruption agenda of the Buhari administration and the reform efforts of the Federal Government, in a bid to secure the reforms through criminal investigation and prosecution of public complaints.
SWITZERLAND: As a result of the increased spread of the coronavirus, (COVID-19) the Swiss government has declared a state of emergency “extraordinary situation” and taken extraordinary measures to counter the spread of the virus across the country.
UAE makes Avani Barbarons Resort Available to Seychelles
SEYCHELLES, 04 April 2020
Under the directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the ‘Avani Barbarons Seychelles Resort’ will be made available to the Government of Seychelles to be used by the Department of Health as a facility to accommodate their health personnel and supporting frontline service members, in the efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19.
In addition to our weekly brief on the spread of COVID-19 and the actions that Africa CDC is taking to help member states, Africa CDC has begun to share a weekly brief detailing the latest changes in scientific knowledge and public health policy changes, as well as updates to the latest guidance from WHO and others.
Initiative builds on current efforts to disseminate health messages through the joint WHO-ITU BeHe@lthy BeMobile initiative
SWITZERLAND: The World Health Organization (WHO), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), with support from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), are set to work with telecommunication companies to text people directly on their mobile phones with vital health messaging to help protect them from COVID-19. These text messages will reach billions of people that aren’t able to connect to the internet for information.
(Ecofin Agency) - The Central Bank of Ghana (BoG) has postponed the implementation of the minimum capital requirement for electronic payment service providers to 31 December 2020. The measure, which was scheduled for 30 June at the latest, was reviewed due to the impacts of the current Covid-19 on economies and investments.
(Ecofin Agency) - West Africa recorded $10.2 billion in private equity transactions between 2014 and 2019, ahead of all other African regions. Overall, the continent had 1,046 PE transactions over the period for an amount of $25.3 billion, according to the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA).
NIGERIA: Ringier Africa Digital Publishing (RADP.Africa), an Africa’s media groups is unifying its assets across the continent to form one integrated media company under the name Pulse.
TOGO: Ecobank Group, the pan-African banking group, is inviting African fintech entrepreneurs to enter the 3rd edition of the Ecobank Fintech Challenge. The Fintech Challenge gives African start-ups the opportunity to promote their fintech solutions, and potentially partner with Ecobank to roll-out their solutions across Ecobank’s 33 markets in Africa as well as France.
(Ecofin Agency) Ivan G. Brown, the Director-General of the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA), has recently -signed the country's Act of Accession to the Memorandum of Understanding on Basic Principles for the Implementation of Free-Roaming as part of the ECOWAS Roaming Reduction Initiative. This was in Conakry, at the premises of the Post and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (Arpt) of Guinea, which currently coordinates the free-roaming initiative in the region.
(Togo First) - At the end of 2019, the property registration process in Togo took only five days on the average, against eight at the beginning of the same year, recent data from the national land registration office shows.
President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday slammed remarks made by South Africa's last apartheid-era leader, F.W. De Klerk, saying it was "treasonous" to deny race segregation was a crime against humanity.