President M. Buhari (Guardian Nigeria)

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As part of the Buhari administration’s medium term Economic Growth & Recovery Plan (EGRP) to build a globally competitive economy, the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) on 3 October 2017 kicked off the National Action Plan (NAP) 2.0.

Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of IFAD

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Bujumbura: A total of 99,200 Burundian rural households in 17 provinces will benefit from a financial agreement recently signed between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Burundi.

President Ellen Johnson - Sirleaf downplays the hysteria which greeted her next generation comments describing it as “making mountain out of molehill.”

Diane Rwigara (VOA)

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Rwanda's disqualified presidential candidate Diane Rwigara now faces fresh and more serious charges that include treason, inciting revolt and revealing "sensitive information".
She was arrested on Friday 22 September 2017 alongside her mother Adeline and sister Anne, reported The East African (Nairobi) 

Bishar Abdirahman Hussein - Director General, Universal Postal Union (UPU)

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The Universal Postal Union (UPU) will hold a joint award ceremony for the winner of the 46th International Letter-Writing Competition for Young People and the UPU’s 2016 Integrated Index for Postal Development (2IPD) global ranking on Monday, 9 October 2017.

President Paul Biya (VOA)

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The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has urged all stakeholders in the violence in south-west and north-west regions of Cameroon to refrain from any further acts of violence, reported the UN News Service.

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One persistent political discourse in Africa hinges on the unwillingness of many African leaders to relinquish power when their time is up. Most, if not all, scheme their way through the constitution to allow them stay in power beyond their legal term.

They came together in 2000 to form Takeifa Five out of what one of them, Jac, had started as a solo musician in 1993. Neither of their parents had anything to do with music nor did they ever try their hands on any musical instrument, except, perhaps that both had always been ardent music listeners. They told Africa Link at a concert held in Winterthur, Switzerland during 2017 Afro-Pfingsten festival.

EGYPT – GB Auto, the Egyptian automotive assembler and manufacturer, expects demand for cars to pick up by the end of 2017 as dealers run down inventories, the company's CEO said. 

RWANDA – The National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) has commended Germany for extraditing Jean Twagiramungu to stand trial for his alleged role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

BOTSWANA – The Botswana Buildings Society (BBS) goes for a special general meeting on 24 August 2017 which if all its resolutions are passed, will pave way for demutualisation that will convert the 40 year old Society into a company limited by shares. 

HIV/AIDS testing is now mandatory in public health institutions as the Government acts to prevent further loss of life from the disease which has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives since the mid-80s, President Edgar Lungu has announced, reports the Times of Zambia.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has driven down the cost of crude oil production from $78 dollars per barrel as at August 2015 to $23 per barrel representing 70.5 per cent reduction, report Metro watch Online.

Adebayo Ogunlesi, a Nigerian born adviser to US President Donald Trump has been sacked by the president along with other distinguished CEOscounselling the embattled President Trump on how to “Make America Great Again”.

The 3rd Uganda International Oil & Gas Summit (UIOGS) 2017 holding from September 27-28 at the Hotel Serena, Kampala is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development.

Joy Bishara and Lydia Pogu, two of the Chibok schoolgirls, who escaped from Boko Haram captivity in 2014, read a letter applauding U.S. President Donald Trump during a recent visit to the White House.

NIGERIA – Seplat Petroleum Development Company PLC, a leading Nigerian indigenous oil and gas company, says that its three-year revolving credit facility which was expected to expire at the end of 2017 has been successfully extended till December 31, 2018.

Swiss women have the best in Europe, according to a global BMI study

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has called on the European Union to reconsider its open-door policy of welcoming migrants as it motivates many more to leave Africa.

Ghana has signed a $10 billion memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China to develop its bauxite industry, the country’s Senior Minister Yaw Osafo-Maafo said.

RWANDA - Diane Shima Rwigara who was rejected by Rwanda’s National Electoral Commission (NEC) to contect in the Rwanda’s presidential election for not meeting the required number of signatures has resubmitted her nomination for August 3 elections. 

The European Investment Bank has signed a loan agreement with the Malawian Ministry of Finance in support of the Northern Regional Water Board.

Swiss companies may be forced in future to reveal how much they pay female staff compared to men. Cabinet has presented parliament with a bill to compel firms with at least 50 employees to conduct a gender wage audit every four years, which would be made public to staff and shareholders.



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