Colombo – USAID and IOM, the UN Migration Agency, this week handed over new transitional homes to 120 families affected by the May 2017 floods and landslides in the Rathnapura district of Sri Lanka.

Mauritius – For the fifth consecutive year, MCB Group was one of the main sponsors of the Africa CEO Forum, an annual event organised by Jeune Afrique that attracts over 1,000 senior African and non-African leaders who do business on the continent. This year's edition took place in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on 27 and 28 March.

Women violently displaced in North Kivu, DRC. Photo: IOM

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Switzerland – Deadly violence has forced millions of people from their homes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), bringing the total number of internally displaced persons in the country to 4.5 million.

Francis Obirikorang joined by friends jubilating after the result was announced (Photo: Africa Link)

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Agrocenta, founded by Francis Obirikorang, which is to create an online sales platform that could connect smallholder farmers directly to an online market that has wider geographic size to sell their commodities has won the Seedstars Global Winner title and $500,000 cash prize in equity investment at the Seedstars Summit 2018 edition held in Lausanne, Switzerland on 12 April 2018.

President Julius Maada Bio (Reuters)

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Hardly had anyone drawn any parallel – however minimal - between Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio and former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo. The two men have a military background; fought wars within and out of their countries; served as military leaders after palace coups (albeit different circumstances ;) very religious and handed over power to civilian governments after successful elections and they both came back to power via the ballot box. There may have ended their comparison, at least for now as President Bio has just started a fresh journey.

New arrivals receive assistance in Senegal. Credit : IOM/Lucas Chandellier

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 SENEGAL –  Bouba Diop looks in delight at his uncle’s newly refurbished food canteen in the poor township of Keur Massar on the outskirts of the Senegalese capital Dakar.

The Embassy of Algeria in Switzerland, with the support of the Chancellery of the Canton of Vaud, organized on Saturday 24 March 2018 a ceremony to pay tribute to Charles-Henri Favrod, a Swiss Journalist-photographer and writer for the role he played during Algerian revolution.

The Tunisian May 6, 2018 elections will be “the first ever free local and municipal elections” said His Excellency Mourad Bourehla, Tunisia’s Ambassador to Switzerland.

NIGERIA – Supermodel Naomi Campbell said on Sunday in Nigeria that Vogue magazine should launch an African edition to recognise the continent’s contribution to a global fashion industry that has been criticized for its lack of diversity reported African News.

Ade Ayeyemi Ecobank Group CEO

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TOGO - The upgraded version of Ecobank’s mobile app has attracted 3 million new customers in just 6 months, taking the total number of users to 4 million.  

From right: Prof. François Crépeau, McGill, Yvonne-Apiyo Brändle-Amolo, Ambassador Her Excellency Susan Binco , Ursula Keller, Ambassador Pietro Mona and Ambassador Magnus Hartog-Holm of Sweden

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The Embassy of Canada and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation hosted a panel discussion titled ‘Women in Displacement’ to mark the International Women’s Day in Bern, Switzerland.

Photo: 2017 Seedstars Global Winner.Photo Les Echos Entrepreneurs

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All is set for the fifth edition of Seedstars Summit taking place in Lausanne, Switzerland on 12 April 2018. It will be the biggest to date with over 65 handpicked startups coming from five different regions.

Photos by Mark Bamidele

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The new Nigeria’s Ambassador to Switzerland has commended the Nigerians in the country for their courage and determination to flag Nigeria’s flag with honour.

A group photo of Heads of State, and Country Representatives

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An agreement on the African Continental Free Trade Area was signed on 21 March 2018 by 44 countries out of 55 member states of African Union in Kigali, Rwanda, marking a giant step towards the march to greater integration and closer unity of African states.

The vision of Ghana’s President, Mr. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is a Ghana that is self-sufficient and does not need to dependent on aids for its endeavours.

L – R: Michelle Bachelet and Graça Machel

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PMNCH Board Chair Mrs Graça Machel, SDG Advocate and Founder of the Graça Machel Trust and incoming Chair President Michelle Bachelet of Chile have both been named Commissioners to the first-ever WHO.

Standard Chartered Bank today, 16 March 2018, announced the official launch of its digital bank in Côte d’Ivoire. This marks the Bank’s first digital bank in Africa and the first-of-its-kind to open in Côte d’Ivoire.

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Italy elects its first black senator: Toni Iwobi of the League

 Italy has elected the first black senator in its history, it was announced, and he belongs to the anti-immigration League.

Photo: Last row, from left to right: Omar Guèye, minister of Fishing and Maritime Economy of Senegal – Prime Minister of Belgium Charles Michel – Vice Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander De Croo front row, from left to right: Aboucacar Sedikh Beye, CEO of the port of Dakar – Kristof Waterschoot, managing director of PAI/APEC (subsidiaries of the port of Antwerp) ©Belga(Source: Antwerp Port Authority )

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Antwerp and Dakar port authorities are to collaborate more closely in the next few years. In this way Antwerp, the second-largest port in Europe, seeks to reinforce its historic position as leader on the coast of West Africa.

The Senegalese port of Dakar for its part views the collaboration as a way to position itself as the main regional hub for freight.

Director General of the Swiss Public Broadcasting Corporation Gilles Marchand speaks to the press about the No Billag vote on Sunday. (Keystone)  

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Commentators in the Swiss press have interpreted the overwhelming rejection (71.6%) of the ‘No Billag’ initiative on Sunday as a strong sign of support for a publicly funded Swiss TV and radio service.

Nevertheless, they believe that the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) must downsize, and opinions vary widely as to how this could be achieved.

Supporters of the opposition Sierra Leone People's Party throw rocks at police following an alleged incident at party headquarters in Freetown's Goderich neighborhood. Photo: Jason Patinkin/VOA

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Sierra Leone's main opposition leader called for calm Wednesday night after his supporters engaged in running street battles with police, resulting in at least one injury at the end of an otherwise peaceful day of polling in the West African nation, according to the Voice of America (VOA)

One of Ghana’s most successful businesswomen, Lucy Quist, will be traveling to Switzerland for the Campaigning Summit Switzerland 2018.  Quist transformed the prospects of Airtel Ghana during her years at the helm, winning 20 awards and successfully leading the company through a merger with Tigo, to become the second biggest telecommunications company in Ghana.

On March 5 in Rabat, the Moroccan minister of industry, investment, trade and digital economy Moulay Hafid Elalamy, the minister of economy and finances, Mohamed Boussaid and the representative of the country’s 12 professional chambers signed a series of conventions related to the development of the chambers of commerce, industry and services (CCIS) and their federation.

Lasitha Perera, GuarantCo’s CEO

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The African Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (AGF) has entered into a re-guarantee transaction of an amount of up to USD 74 million with GuarantCo to increase its guarantee capacity for SME financing.