The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, World Bank Group, and European Commission has launched the WB-EU Partnership for Evidence-Based Policy Making in Agriculture.

 

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, has deployed the first batch of election observers of the African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) to Kenya.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Brazil-Africa Institute (BAI) have launched the Youth Technical Training Program (YTTP) - an initiative that aims to train young African professionals in research and technology transfer, contributing to local capacity development.

SOUTH AFRICA – Absa Bank Limited (www.Absa.co.za), a subsidiary of the Barclays Africa Group (BAGL) (www.BarclaysAfrica.com), has successfully concluded a five year $100 million Special Facility Agreement with the China Development Bank (CDB). 

Conflict, violence and disasters have caused more than 9 million new internal displacements globally in the first half of 2017, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).

POLAND – The World Heritage Committee meeting in Krakow has inscribed Hebron / Al Khalil Old town (Palestine) and W-Arly-Pendjari Complex (Benin, Burkina Faso) on the World Heritage List during its morning session. The Committee simultaneously added the site of Hebron / Al Khalil to the List of World Heritage in Danger.

The Swiss Federal Council has approved CHF 36 million contribution to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) for the 2017 to 2020 period.

Geneva-based oil and gas extractor Addax Petroleum has paid CHF31 million ($32 million) to settle a criminal investigation into allegations of corrupt payments in Nigeria. Geneva’s cantonal prosecutor has in return dropped the probe.

M-Pesa, the mobile money system that is the pride and anchor of Kenya’s homegrown technology community, has had plenty of hype and excitement since it launched in 2007 says Yinka Adegoke, Quartz Africa editor

The African Development Bank Group concluded its 2017 Annual Meetings in Ahmedabad, India, on a high note of optimism generated by the Bank’s good balance sheet and the early successes of its High 5 priorities, especially in agriculture and energy.

Two international renown African designers, Pathé’O of Burkina origin and Ivorian by adoption, and Sidahmed Alphadi from Niger pleaded the cause of African cotton, a precondition if the textiles industry in Africa is to flourish.

London-based organisation, World Economics has declared that Nigeria’s economy is out of recession, but that “conditions remain difficult for businesses”.

BURUNDI –  The Batwa ethnic minority denounces its exclusion from land ownership, as compared to Hutu and Tutsi majorities. An injustice which adds to another included in the March 2005 constitution of the nation which states that power is divided 60-40 between the Hutus and Tutsis respectively.

Five countries are placed equal at the top of the ranking of African nation with the best electrification rates, according to the Global Energy Architecture Performance Index Report 2017 released on March 22 by the World Economic Forum and Accenture Strategy.

 

 

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