Where must I go if I feel unwell or have an accident in Switzerland or must pay for it? What should I do in an emergency? What types of insurance do I need? How can I protect myself from illness? Where can I find health information in my own language?

IOM concludes its 109th Council Session in Geneva today, 30 November 2018. Photo: IOM/Muse Mohammed

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SWITZERLAND – “Size alone does not determine the strength of an organization,” DG Vitorino explained in his welcoming remarks to the Council. “It is the commitment and skills of its staff that has enabled IOM to respond to complex emergencies, to provide advice to governments on diverse issues, and to thereby help to foster greater space for common ground.”

Nigerians once again dominate this year’s list in terms of entries, followed by Kenyans. For the first time the list is gender balanced.  Four covers featuring Mo Salah, Bogolo Joy Kenewendo, Denis Mukwege and Ahmed Abiy 

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LONDON: For the first time since publishing the list, there is an equal amount of men and women featuring in this year’s one hundred. Although this year’s listing is dominated by entries from Nigeria and Kenya, outstanding personalities from several other African countries are also featured.

The Swiss-African Business Circle has added another feather to its cap with the birth of the maiden edition of its annual publication the Swiss-African Business Relations Status quo 2018.    

Group photo: (Source: Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES –  Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) recently held its annual Partner Conference in Mauritius, during it highlighted its commitment to the region and announced that the company recorded over 20 percent solid growth year-on-year for the past three years.

A relative receives money sent by a Filipino working abroad at a remittance centre in Manila. Photo: Reuters/Eloisa Lopez

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LONDON – It is found that the charges to send money home by some migrant workers are too high according to a report by UNESCO, the U.N. body for education, suggesting that lowering the fees could result in $1 billion more that could be spent on education in developing countries.

Dame Graça Machel, one of Africa’s foremost advocates for the rights of women and children, has called on African women and policy makers to challenge gender inequality and inadequate female representation in the continent’s business and economic, political and policy space.

President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz (photo), of Mauritania has announced that he would not run for 2019 presidential election as the country’s constitution allows two terms. However, he indicated that he would run for the office when his country’s law would authorize him to.  

The African Development Bank has approved a €17.96 million loan to the Republic of Cameroon to finance the construction of a Ring-Road Project in the North-West Province of the country, according to a press release from the bank.

It is estimated that about $8.6 million will be needed by the compendium of female expertise in Côte d’Ivoire (Compendium des compétences féminines de Côte d’Ivoire-COCOFCI) to meet the set-goals for the second phase of its action plan.

The delegates from both countries at the meeting

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China Tiesiju Civil Engineering group Co. (CTE), Ltd, which specializes in infrastructures, confirmed that it will build in Togo a motorway and an agricultural industrial park.

Algerian public oil company Sonatrach and Chinese conglomerate Citic signed an agreement for the construction of a phosphate extraction and processing complex in Tébessa (630 km East of Alger), requiring a $6 billion investment, the official news agency APS revealed.

France will return twenty-six works of art pertaining to Beninese cultural heritage, a statement from the presidency announced recently.

Nigeria raised $2.86 billion Eurobonds to fund the fiscal deficit. The fund was raised in three tranches: a $1.18 billion operation with seven years maturity date and 7.625% interest rate. Another one of $1 billion with twelve years maturity date and 8.75% interest. The last one is $750 million with 30 years maturity and 9.25% interest rate.


Africa is believed to have out-performed the world since the turn of the millennium suggesting the notion that it is rising, and is the world’s next economic frontier. “But for who?” asks  Senyo Hosi in his speech delivered at the 3rd edition of African Development & Investment Convention (ADIC) held in Zurich on 25 - 26 October 2018 titled: Africa Rising Lacing Politics, Industry and True Partnership in policy for Development.

UAE – The International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU’s) 20th Plenipotentiary Conference  opened  on 29 October 2018 with a global call to the world to “act as one” to connect the world’s nearly four billion people who remain unconnected to the Internet. 

A pragmatic, mutually beneficial vision is under threat. Here's why it must be saved  Image: Reuters/James Akena

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The Global Compact for Migration, which is expected to be adopted in December, is the first ever attempt to develop an internationally shared vision of what safe, orderly and regular migration might look like, and how it could be achieved. The Australian government has recently signalled the possibility that it may withdraw from the process – which would make it the third UN member state after the US and Hungary to do so. There is a risk that others may follow, jeopardizing a fragile, hard-won consensus at its most critical stage.

Greenpeace Africa projects ‘coal kills’ message on Duvha coal-fired power station in Mpumalanga - South Africa

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SOUTH AFRICA – The world’s largest air pollution hotspot is Mpumalanga, South Africa revealed a ground breaking analysis of satellite data from 1 June to 31 August this year

CHINA – The world’s largest thin-film power solution company, Hanergy Mobile Energy Holdings Group (www.Hanergy.com), has announced that its subsidiary, Hanergy Glory Solar Technology has successfully delivered the latest solar powered electric express delivery cars (Solar Runner #1) to China’s top delivery companies, STO Express and ZJS Express on October 9, on the occasion of the 49th World Post Day

Akinwumi Adesina (photo AfDB)

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SOUTH AFRICA – The Africa’s infrastructure is expected to attract investment at the Forum holding in South Africa on November 7 – 9, 2018, a platform for sourcing funding for bankable African projects, brokering infrastructure deals and providing innovative financial solutions.

IOM and partners conduct biometric registration in Juba’s protection of civilians (PoC) sites. Photo: Karki/IOM

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SOUTH SUDAN – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) team in South Sudan and partners recently concluded a biometric registration exercise which resulted in a total of 32,113 displaced people living in Juba’s two protection of civilian (PoC) sites being registered.

Mr Baloo Patel and Mr Alex Kyriakidis at the signing ceremony of Sankara Nairobi Autograph Collection Hotel (Source: Marriott International, Inc. 

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KENYA – Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s collection of passionately independent hotels, announced that it will soon debut the brand into Kenya with Sankara Nairobi slated to join the brand’s diverse and distinguished portfolio of over 150 independent hotels around the world.

Crowning of Seedstars Global Winner at Seedstars Global Summit 2018

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BOTSWANA – Seedstars World, the largest startup competition for emerging markets will be holding its dynamic pitch event for the fourth time on 9 November 2018 at the Botswana Innovation Hub.

NIGERIA – As the continent’s largest economy, international development experts, innovators and funders increasingly believe that Nigeria is positioned to provide a market-driven solution to one of the continent’s most significant challenges and opportunities: Affordable Housing.