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Flour Mills of Nigeria PLC (FMN Group) COVID-19 Response Operations: Presentation of relief items

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FMN, Nigeria’s biggest food business and agro-allied group brings its biggest strength to the table to fight the COVID-19 virus

Merck Foundation in partnership Ghana First Lady support casual and daily workers affected by Coronavirus lockdown

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GHANA: Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany together  with Ghana’s First Lady H.E. Rebecca Akufo-Addo Foundation presented relief items to more than 1000 persons living with disabilities, HIV/ AIDS and casual and daily workers with special focus on women who are most affected by the Coronavirus (COVID -19) lockdown to curb the spread of the pandemic in Ghana.

TANZANIA: Tigo Tanzania has launched a service that connects Tigo Pesa customers to all major mobile money services in the East African region making transactions for cross-border remittance easy.

Sierra Leone’s Julius Maada Bio (Photo: www.mfwa.org)

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I sent a WhatsApp message to an old acquaintance, a nurse, requesting to know the state of vaccination in Sierra Leone. Unlike other messages to her in the past, her response did not take long in coming and it was via a voice call.

The purpose of the eSummit is to continue the Shared Value conversation, learn from each other and explore insights that can lead to solutions

On the same day President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone announced the country’s confirmation of its first COVID-19 victim, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) also announced that a senior minister in the Bio Administration had been charged to court for the missing 49,000 bags of rice donated by China to assist the government in feeding hundreds of thousands malnourished school children across the country according to Sierra Leone Telegraph.

“Passenger road transport is the backbone of the global economy. It contributes to the success of numerous sectors, but not limited to, the tourism industry and is essential to business and leisure travel.

CHINA: TECNO Mobile recently released its new camera phone, CAMON 15 series through an online launch event, which became a milestone event in the smartphone industry as the first online product launch in Africa.  

In Sotheby’s First-Ever Online-Only Auction for this Category; With World Auction Records for 5 Artists, including Bertina Lopes and Samuel Fosso  (Source: Sotheby’s)

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UNITED KINGDOM: Newly converted to an online-only format, Sotheby’s sixth sale of Modern & Contemporary African Art realised £2,359,375 / $2,881,741, featuring over 100 works from 58 artists across 21 countries. The auction saw a 46% increase in the number of bidders in comparison to the equivalent sale last year.

Akinwumi Adesina (Photo: Ecogreen News)

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IVORY COAST, The African Development Bank’s (AfDB) “Fight Covid-19” social bond listed on London Stock Exchange (LSE) is now available through its Sustainable Bond Market.

Switzerland’s President Simonetta Sommaruga. (Photo: File copy)

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SWITZERLAND: The Federal Council has decided to increase the guarantee assistance programme for COVID-19 bridging credit facilities by additional 20 CHF billion making in total CHF 40 billion according to government release.

(Ecofin Agency) - Ralph Mupita, Head of MTN Group, announced the company plans to sell 15% of its stake in MTN Nigeria. If the operation is completed, MTN will hold 64% in the subsidiary.

Zurab Pololikashvili (Ecofin Agency)

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(Ecofin Agency) - The stringent restrictive measures adopted by governments to control the propagation of the novel coronavirus pandemic across the world are expected to drop international tourist arrivals by 20% to 30% this year, compared to the last one. This, in turn, could cost between $300 billion and 450 billion, or about one-third of the $1.5 trillion generated in 2019.

Photo: African Energy Chamber

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SOUTH AFRICA:  The African Energy Chamber has named the five most vulnerable African countries amid the Covid-19 and oil price plunge.  In its recent analysis the chamber named the countries as Angola, Senegal, Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria.

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President  Museveni  (Photo: ste.india.com)

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UGANDA: President Yoweri Museveni has called on the people of Nakasongola who include the Baruli and migrants from other parts of the country, to live in harmony and peacefully and stop fighting and killing each other over land.

Members at the meeting

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The meeting and urged Member States to put in place National Preparedness and Response Plans and encouraged preventive measures

The participants at the meetingThe participants at the meeting

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EGYPT: The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat recently met with the heads of the four telecommunication operators, operating in the Egyptian ICT sector to discuss launching initiatives for supporting education, as school and university have been suspended as a precautionary measure taken by the government to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

2nd from left VP Osinbajo and Dr. Jumoke Oduwole,

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Robust collaboration would help improve business climate, says VP.  - To further improve the country's business climate, there will now be a direct connection between the anti-corruption agenda of the Buhari administration and the reform efforts of the Federal Government, in a bid to secure the reforms through criminal investigation and prosecution of public complaints.

The Federal Councilors at the press conference on Monday

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SWITZERLAND: As a result of the increased spread of the coronavirus, (COVID-19) the Swiss government has declared a state of emergency “extraordinary situation” and taken extraordinary measures to counter the spread of the virus across the country. 

Arriving at the Federal Square for the welcome ceremony and the inspection of  the Guard  of  honour (Photo FDFA)

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One word to describe Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo’s state visit to Switzerland is “HISTORIC.” Prior to his, only two other Sub Saharan leaders had made similar visits and those date back to more than six decades. Ethiopia’s Emperor Haile Selassie was there in 1954 and two years later in 1956, Liberia’s President William Tubman made his own visit.

Theme: “I am generation equality: realising women’s rights - African Union scales up actions towards gender parity”.

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ETHIOPIA Today, (08 March, 2020) the African Union Commission joins the global community to celebrate and honour African women for their contributions in the development and well-being of this beautiful continent.

Business Leaders Share Ideas on Solving Africa’s Biggest Social Challenges ( Photo: Shift Social Development)

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Many of the continent’s top decision-makers to converge at Kigali Summit
SOUTH AFRICA: The African Business leaders will meet in Kigali, Rwanda on 4 to 5 June 2020 to look for to some of the continent’s most challenging social issues at the Africa Shared Value Leadership Summit.