While strides have been made to ensure gender equality over the years, work is continuing to accelerate these actions. “In terms of the landscape, I can proudly say that South African women have been as a result of democracy, taking part in decision making processes and structures. We have women ministers; we have women in top management and women who own businesses. I think in 1994, this was not imaginable. The advent of democracy has made it possible for us to thrive,” says Charlotte Lobe.

African authors are not too well known in Switzerland especially the female authors as I have learned, even by the people who have a general interest in Africa or business in/with Africa.

To circumvent liquidation, proactive engagement with creditors at the early stages of financial distress is imperative
It is well documented that the COVID-19 pandemic is taking its toll on businesses. Commerce in most sectors is fighting to keep their doors open, grappling with creditors to avoid winding up proceedings and its far-reaching implications.

The fight against plastic pollution is being hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, as the use of disposable masks, gloves and other protective equipment soars, but UN agencies and partners insist that, if effective measures are put into place, the amount of plastics discarded every year can be significantly cut, or even eliminated.

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1) Pollution driven by huge increase in mask sales

The promotion of mask wearing as a way to slow the spread of COVID-19 has led to an extraordinary increase in the production of disposable masks: the UN trade body, UNCTAD, estimates that global sales will total some $166 billion this year, up from around $800 million in 2019.

Carly Beischer

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When Carly Beischer, Director of Sales and Partnerships for Ethical Apparel Africa (EAA), first started attending university, she had a clear career path in mind – and it didn’t have anything to do with fashion. Instead, she studied history and had planned on building a career around law.

The African Development Bank estimates that Covid-19 could cost Africa a GDP loss between $22.1 billion and $88.3 billion in the worst case scenario

NJ Ayuk  (Source: African Energy Chamber)

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It has been almost exactly ten years since Anadarko drilled the well that would give Mozambique its first major gas find in over sixty years of mostly disappointing oil and gas exploration. Many wells followed that first offshore discovery in block 1 and further in ENI-operated block 4.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga conclude a joint press conference on March 9, 2018 (file photo). Photo: Jeff Angote/Nation

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The building bridges team wraps up its public sessions Tuesday to compile the final report.

Dr. Richard Sezibera ( Photo: Ben Fisher/GAVI Alliance )

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According to statistics, sub-Saharan Africa’s population is set to double by 2050. Already, 60% of the population is below the age of 25. This is a huge opportunity for our continent but it can also be a ticking bomb if we don’t invest and harness the power of this demography.

 

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With the intense escalation between Iran and the US, and the potential for French mediation efforts to unravel, Europe must think carefully about its next move

Grid modernisation, specifically the deployment of microgrids in rural areas, provides a promising strategy

Africa’s young population could be its greatest asset in an age where many other regions in the world are aging as a result of declining birth rates.
Many things have been said about the future Africa and its potential, it has been called the Opportunity Continent, the Next Frontier and Africa rising, with all of these true. For me the excitement comes in how Africa can, and will one day lead in the digital economy, not only creating a better future for its young people, but for people across the entire continents, whether here in Africa or elsewhere like in Europe or the US.

As a student of mass communications in the late 80s, one of my elective subjects was introduction to Sociology. My lecturer then was Dr Sam Ibeabuchi, a well-groomed and elitist scholar whose trademark was his immaculate appearance. His students called him "the dapper professor".  We all looked forward to his lectures and I must say that some of us fervently waited to see his perfectly manicured mustache, his well knotted tie and his matching pocket square. He sure knew how to choose his suits.

Dr. John Nkengasong and Commissioner Amira Elfadil Mohammed Elfadil

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Everyone knows by now that due to a combination of leadership, environment, social ecology, demographics and as yet unknown biological and other factors, Africa has been spared the worst of the havoc that COVID-19 has wreaked on other parts of the globe and was predicted to do here too.

Tamer Farouk  

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As the pandemic continues to influence how organisations operate and behave, African businesses need to adapt its workforce and technology considerations

Achare Takor

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In response the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government of Cameroon decided on a number of fiscal measures to support Cameroonian businesses and households

With every industrial revolution comes shifts to social, economic, environmental and political systems, paving the way for transformative changes in the way we live and work.

 The Universal Postal Congress has re-elected Switzerland to the Council of Administration and the Postal Operations Council of the Universal Postal Union. Delegates confirmed their confidence in Switzerland in the elections at the 27th World Postal Congress in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The Universal Postal Union will be headed by Masahiko Metoki from Japan beginning from 2022.

(Ecofin Agency) - Authorities in Senegal are exploring ways to boost the cotton industry after the sector delivered poor performances in recent years. The Agricultural Research Institute (ISRA) unit based in Tambacounda announced it is currently developing new varieties to improve both the productivity and the quality of the fiber.

 (Ecofin Agency) - After the first investment in Morocco’s irrigation sector in March, Amethis Mena Fund II plans new investments in North Africa.

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Kenya Airways and Usaid’s Routes partnered to create awareness of the continued fight against illegal wildlife trade. Through the partnership, Kenya Airways has launched a video to create stakeholders' awareness about protecting the nation's national heritage. This effort is part of KQ's sustainability strategy to contribute to Africa's sustainable development through wildlife conservation.

(Ecofin Agency) - As part of initiatives to help Africa catch up with the Covid-19 vaccination campaign, France and Germany announced they are giving the continent 80 million shots of vaccines.  

(Ecofin Agency) - Mobile operator Hormuud Telecom plans to increase its 4G telecom coverage to 100% by 2023. Ahmed Mohamud Yuusuf, the company's chief executive officer, announced the program last  8 July.

The contract for the rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt to Maiduguri rail tracks has been cancelled and set to be re-awarded.

DJIBOUTI) – The Government of the Republic of Djibouti has approved, during the Council of  Ministers convened on 11 July, a draft law defining the terms and conditions for the total or partial transfers of shares in state-owned capital in public enterprises.

(Modern Ghana) The First Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG) Maxwell Opoku-Afari has disclosed that government adopted a “whatever it takes” stance to minimize the impact of the pandemic on Ghana's economy.

(Ecofin Agency) - Seychelles has reached a staff-level agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a $107 million Extended Fund Facility (EFF). The announcement was made by the institution in a July 7 statement.

 

The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) has said nine Russian companies have declared interest to invest US$500 million in the Nigerian manufacturing sector.

The twin subsidiary companies of Kingho Investment Company which are Kingho Mining Company operating at the New Tonkolili Iron Ore Mines and Kingho Railway and Port Company in Pepel have taken queue from government to embark on massive sensitization of the 3rd wave of COVID-19 Pandemic in their various operational communities.

Focus on climate and environmental protection

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has commenced with pre-deployment processes and procedures of its members to areas hit by violent flare-ups in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.