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.

 (Ecofin Agency) - Zimbabwean Information Minister, Monica Mutsvangwa announced this week the country will take delivery of 800,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine by March 2021.

The donation of 100,000 units of election thumbprint pads to the Niger Independent National Electoral Commission towards the conduct of the second round of presidential election dominates the headlines of the Ghanaian press on Thursday.

The Federal Office of Public Health in lieu of the steadily declined in the number of new infections with the corona virus in recent weeks plans to re- open the lockdown on 1 March.

In response to reported cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Republic of Guinea on Sunday 14 February confirming seven cases and three deaths, Sierra Leone has activated Emergency Response System in readiness to fight the virus.

The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) in its release announced personnel changes for several Swiss representations abroad and at its head office in Bern for 2020/2021.

ANGOLA - The increase in trains on the Benguela Railway (CFB), in 2021, is a strong possibility with the recent reception of two more locomotives ordered from General Electric.

ANGOLA - The Agricultural Development Institute (IDA) will open, in January 2021, agricultural training schools in the municipalities of Icolo and Bengo, Viana, Cacuaco and Quiçama, in the province of Luanda, announced the director of the institution, David Tunga.

ANGOLA - The government of Cuanza Norte wants to reactivate the irrigated perimeter of Mucoso, due to the agricultural potential for generating jobs and exporting products.

(Togo First) - After closing them for more than a year, Nigeria has reopened its land borders. The news, reported by local media, came from President Buhari who approved the immediate reopening of four land borders. 

(Ecofin Agency) - Tunisian investment firm Ekuity Capital and asset manager United Gulf Financial Services-North Africa (UGFS North-Africa) jointly co-invested in the capital of Société moderne d'industrie plastique et d'emballage (Somipem), a Tunisian company specializing in the manufacture of caps and tops.

The rejection of the results of the presidential and parliamentary elections by presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. John Dramani Mahama and the congratulatory messages by Nigerian and the US on the victory of President Nana Akufo-Addo are the trending stories in the Ghanaian press on Friday.

The decision of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to resist any attempt by state governors to borrow from pension funds and the lawyers’ view that the non-appearance of President Buhari before the House of Representatives on Thursday has put the Nigerian Constitution on trial are some of the leading stories in Nigerian newspapers last Friday.

SWITZERLAND: To ensure financial stability, the Federal Council decided at its meeting on 29 October 2020 to exempt the interest on too-big-to-fail (TBTF) instruments from withholding tax until the end of 2026. The dispatch on this law will now go before Parliament.

(Ecofin Agency) - The United States announced the freezing of $130 million worth of aid to Ethiopia. The measure is to pressure the country as part of the negotiations for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).