ETHIOPIA: African countries have made progress toward eradicating malnutrition and stunting but need to do more to mit United Nations malnutrition targets by 2025. This was the main message of a meeting that took place during the 33rd African Union Summit.
SWITZERLAND: After its world tour across over 80 countries and five regional Summits in Africa, Asia, CEE, LATAM, MENA, Seedstars, an emerging market startup community and investor has announced this year’s Global Summit and the 7th edition holding in Lausanne, Switzerland will be held from March 30 to April 3rd.
USA: Hemafuse, a surgical autotransfusion device, will revolutionize blood access across Africa. It is designed to salvage and recycle whole blood from cases of internal bleeding. The device can be used in both emergencies and scheduled procedures to recover blood from where it pools inside of a patient, into a blood bag, where it is immediately available to be re-transfused back to that same patient.
ANGOLA: The Government’s decision to reform its oil sector has been yielding positive results, according to the country’s Minister of Mineral Resources and Petroleum H.E. Diamantino Pedro Azevedo.
UAE: Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach has completed its renovation program of 11 Imperial Suites designed by famous French interior architect Sybille de Margerie.
KENYA: Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany has taken another giant step to empower Africa in cancer matter, after making history by training the first African oncologists in many countries, to build cancer care capacity in the continent.
(Ecofin Agency) - Ethiopia is starting the year 2020 on a good note. The businessman Mohammed al-Amoudi announced he is investing 4 billion birr (about $126 million) to build a huge and modern edible oil processing plant in the country. The first stone was laid on Dec 28 in Addis Ababa in the presence of the City Mayor Takele Uma, local media reported.
(Ecofin Agency) - Construction of the Lagos-Abidjan corridor, the deal which was signed since March 2014, will start by 2022. The good news was announced by AfDB Chairman, Akinwumi Adesina, on the sidelines of the 56th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government held Saturday in Abuja.
(Ecofin Agency) - Between 2000 and 2018, Rwanda’s economy grew by an average of 8%, the Finance Minister, Uzziel Ndagijimana (pictured), announced during the 17th National Dialogue held on 19 and 20 December 2019, in Kigali.
(AfDB ) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has endorsed the candidacy of African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina for a second term at the helm of the institution.
Malawi will soon add 46 MW of clean energy to the local power supply. Thanks to the US$67 million investment into the country’s solar projects recently concluded. The first phase of the project is expected for completion in March 2020.
(Ecofin Agency) - The European Union announced it is investing an additional €30 million in the AfricaConnect project designed to build a high-capacity Internet network for research and education networks across Africa.
Nigerians in the Diaspora gathered recently in Geneva to celebrate their country’s independence day. The occasion was the 59th Independence Anniversary of Nigeria organised by Nigerian in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) aimed to foster stronger ties between them, the diplomatic and business communities in Geneva, Switzerland.
In a drop by with the President of the United States Donald J. Trump, held in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on 15 October, the Director General of the Universal Postal Union Bishar A. Hussein proudly displayed the letter revoking the United States’ decision to withdraw from the UN specialized agency for postal matters.
At an extraordinary shareholders’ meeting recently held in Abidjan, Governors of the African Development Bank, representing shareholders from 80 countries, approved a landmark $115 billion increase in capital for the continent’s foremost financial institution.
This year’s 1-54 art fair in London was a real delight. Galleries from across Africa and the diaspora showcased art from the four corners of the continent including artists from Angola, Benin, Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal and Zimbabwe.
The Document would promote and ensure the adoption of gender sensitive and responsive approaches towards engendering plans and programmes, in such a way that men and women have equal access and control of productive resources and facilities to bridge gender gaps.
The story of your NESCAFÉ begins long before it reaches your cup. The tiny coffee bean, which is dried, roasted and ground into the powder that you brew for your coffee, is deeply rooted in West Africa, touching many lives.
(Ecofin Agency) - The government of Benin adopted this week its Finance Act for 2020. The new budget of 1,986.9 billion CFA Francs ($3.3 billion) is 5.8% higher than the 1,877 billion CFA Francs ($3.1 billion) adopted in 2019.
(Ecofin Agency) - Optical fiber Internet provider Angola Cables and TM Global, the wholesale arm of Telekom Malaysia Berhad, entered into a partnership to connect Asia to South America via a submarine optical fiber.
(Ecofin Agency) - The Sierra Leonean microfinance institution A Call to Business Savings and Loans (ACTB) will receive $1.5 million from the Dutch Development Finance Fund (FMO) as the Fund’s first commitment to the West African country’s financial sector.
(Ecofin Agency) -Maroc Telecom announced on August 26 it has signed an investment deal with the government for MAD10 billion (about a billion dollars). Funds, disbursed by the incumbent operator, will be pumped into the development and strengthening of telecommunications infrastructure, broadband and very high speed (mobile and fixed) deployment across the country.
(Ecofin Agency) - Exchange between Africa and Russia last year reached a total of $20 billion, we learnt. While the black continent imported $17.4 billion worth of goods, it sold only $3 billion to Russia, making a $14.5 billion for Vladimir Putin’s country.
(Ecofin Agency) - Some Chinese companies committed to invest $1.4 billion in energy and mining projects in Africa. They expressed their intention during the visit to Beijing of the African Chamber of Energy (CAE), an organization bringing together government actors and companies involved in the development of the African energy sector.