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Africa: Malawi Investment Forum Expected to Showcase At the UK-Africa Summit

Sat 18 Jan 2020 10:54:40 GMT
[Nyasa Times] About 14 companies under the Malawi Investment Forum are expected to showcase their trading activities to investors at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London.

Africa: Joyce Banda Among Leaders to Launch Initiative to Fight Counterfeit Drugs

Sat 18 Jan 2020 10:43:40 GMT
[Nyasa Times] Former Malawi president Joyce Banda is among seven African heads of state in Lome, capital of Togo, participating in aasummit against fake drugs which is under the aegis of the Brazzaville Foundation an independent NGO based in London which Banda belongs.

Africa: Kiswahili in Namibia Classes By 2021

Sat 18 Jan 2020 01:20:44 GMT
[East African] Namibia plans to introduce Kiswahili in its curriculum by 2021, but opposition parties question the cost of the move.

Africa: Prioritizing Action on Air Pollution Will Benefit Health, the Climate and the Economy

Fri 17 Jan 2020 03:19:44 GMT
[allAfrica] Everyone around the world shares the same right to a healthy environment. Indeed, during the United Nations General Assembly and the Climate Action Summit, leaders from governments and civil society, most notably youth leaders, reminded the world that the founding UN principle of justice applies to climate as much as any other issue facing humanity. Yet as physicians who specialize in treating people with lung disease, we were disappointed to see that principle was not honored through meaningful and decisi

Africa: A New Nature-Based Food and Land Use Economy

Fri 17 Jan 2020 03:02:48 GMT
[WRI] "All my kids can go to school now, whereas before I might only have been able to send one" reports Balaynesh Kasa, a farmer in Debre Yakob Watershed, close to Bahir Dar town, in Amhara Regional State, Ethiopia, and mother to four children.

Africa: Six West African Countries Reject 'Eco' Currency

Fri 17 Jan 2020 06:03:48 GMT
[Daily Trust] The six member countries of the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ) comprising Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, have rejected the adoption of 'Eco' as the name of the proposed single currency for West Africa.

Africa: How the UN's More Nimble Approach Can Contribute to Peace and Security

Fri 17 Jan 2020 04:53:52 GMT
[The Conversation Africa] The United Nations' peace operations are changing. This is true of a range of operations, from special political missions and peacebuilding offices to multidimensional peace efforts.

Africa: Global Economies Adopt Reforms

Fri 17 Jan 2020 11:29:17 GMT
[New Dawn] The regulatory environment for women's economic participation has improved over the past two years, with 40 economies enacting 62 reforms that will help women - half the world's population - realize their potential and contribute to economic growth and development, says a new World Bank study.However, it notes that the results are uneven, as women in many countries have only a fraction of the legal rights of men, holding back their economic and social development.

Africa: Sustainable Bioenergy Use - a Clear Path to Biodiversity and Sustainable Economic Development

Fri 17 Jan 2020 11:27:33 GMT
[UNEP] While renewable energy is advancing rapidly in Africa due to consistent efforts and investment, biomass is still largely used on the continent. In addition to being of significant value to African economies, it is the single most important energy source for most households and some industries. However, high dependence on biomass, even with the development of improved equipment, contributes to deforestation, degradation of soil quality and reduced biodiversity. Biomass use in households is also an important

Africa: Global Retail Development Index - Ghana Ranks 1st in Africa

Fri 17 Jan 2020 11:09:06 GMT
[Ghanaian Times] Ghana has been ranked first in Africa and fourth in the world in the 2019 Global Retail Development Index which studies the global retailing landscape.

Africa: Projecting Africa Through Creativity

Fri 17 Jan 2020 10:56:40 GMT
[This Day] Over the past decade, African creativity, art and entertainment has witnessed significant growth and expansion, writes Oluchi Chibuzor

Africa: 10 U.S. House Members Raise Concern About Potential Reduction of Forces in Africa

Thu 16 Jan 2020 09:49:48 GMT
[U.S. House] Washington, DC -House Armed Services Committee Vice Chair Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) and a bipartisan group of 10 lawmakers, sent a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper expressing their concerns with a potential reduction of American forces in the African theater despite the heightened threat of terrorism and rising geopolitical competition on the continent. The Department of Defense recently announced a review of the United States' force posture as they reorient strategy toward countering Russia and China.

Africa: Senate Armed Services Chair Says Africa is 'Critical' to U.S. Interests - Inhofe Letter

Thu 16 Jan 2020 09:46:52 GMT
[United States Senate] Washington, DC -U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, submitted the following statement for the record today:

Africa: CAF Drops AFCON 2021 Bombshell

Thu 16 Jan 2020 07:56:46 GMT
[allAfrica] Cape Town -The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations will start months earlier on January 9 after its dates were moved, hosts Cameroon have announced.

Africa: Despite Trump's Urging, Egypt, Ethiopia Still Deadlocked on Nile Dam

Thu 16 Jan 2020 05:24:31 GMT
[VOA] Washington -The latest talks hosted by the U.S. Treasury produced some progress but failed to achieve a comprehensive agreement on the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Africa: Joint Statement on Negotiations Over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD)

Thu 16 Jan 2020 02:26:14 GMT
[U.S. Treasury] Washington, DC -The Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Water Resources of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan and their delegations met with the Secretary of the Treasury and the President of the World Bank, participating as observers, in Washington, D.C. on January 13-15, 2020.

Africa: Factbox - From Solar Cars to Fake Pork - Best New Tech for Good

Fri 17 Jan 2020 11:19:28 GMT
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -From clever farming to solar-powered taps, there's a host of futuristic ideas highlighted at this year's global tech show in Las Vegas

Africa: Upping Its Stake in Multi-Player Field

Thu 16 Jan 2020 12:39:36 GMT
[AfricaFocus] The Russia-Africa summit in Sochi, Russia in late October 2019 prompted a flurry of news coverage, highlighting such headline figures as sales agreements amounting to more than $12 billion. But it was not clear how much this was a real sign of significant expansion of Russian influence or primarily a public relations gloss on more limited involvement. Among the more analytical articles covering the summit was a well-informed article by Joe Penney in Passblue on October 28, which noted that "While many memo

Africa: The Year of Rage: Human Rights in Africa in 2019

Thu 16 Jan 2020 08:22:17 GMT
[VOA] There was rage across the African continent last year, says Human Rights Watch in its annual report, with no sign of cooling down in 2020.In Sudan and Guinea, there were manifestations of frustration with entrenched leadership.  In Zimbabwe, protests mostly about economic conditions.  While in rural Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, they were about the rights of communities displaced by conflict.

Africa: Honorable Joseph Mucheru, Kenyan Cabinet Secretary in Ministry of Information and Communications, to attend Largest Africa-Focused Investment Symposium in Silicon Valley

Thu 16 Jan 2020 09:32:15 GMT
[Cision] Silicon Valley, Calif -For the fifth consecutive year, the African Diaspora Network (ADN) hosts the largest Africa-focused investment symposium in Mountain View, CA January 23rd-25th, 2020.

Africa: Lest We Forget, China Trained African Freedom Fighters

Thu 16 Jan 2020 08:58:46 GMT
[This is Africa] How much of the history between China and Africa do you know exists? China, in its relation to Africa looks at its past and sees itself as a trusted and consistent comrade. However, many Africans presently see China as another imperial country like Britain or America.

Africa: Preventing TB - a Big Drug Price Cut Paves the Way for Global Scale-Up

Wed 15 Jan 2020 11:01:20 GMT
[The Conversation Africa] Lengthy negotiations ended in good news recently when the price of rifapentine, a lifesaving antibiotic, was marked down by 66% by its manufacturer Sanofi. When combined with another antibiotic (isoniazid), rifapentine can prevent tuberculosis (TB) disease. The move was announced at the Union World Conference on Lung Health in October 2019.

Africa: Human Rights Violations and Violence - The Continent's 11 Hotspots

Wed 15 Jan 2020 05:37:05 GMT
[allAfrica] Cape Town -Eleven African nations are highlighted in a major annual report on human rights as places where violations of citizens' rights were accompanied by insurgencies, domestic conflict or inter-communal violence in 2019.

Africa: Microsoft Announces It Will Be Carbon Negative By 2030

Fri 17 Jan 2020 11:19:55 GMT
[PR Newswire] Redmond, Washington -Microsoft Corp. on Thursday announced an ambitious goal and a new plan to reduce and ultimately remove its carbon footprint. By 2030 Microsoft will be carbon negative, and by 2050 Microsoft will remove from the environment all the carbon the company has emitted either directly or by electrical consumption since it was founded in 1975.

Africa: Rockefeller Foundation Appoints New Head of Africa Operations

Fri 17 Jan 2020 10:43:32 GMT
[East African] The Rockefeller Foundation has appointed William Asiko as the managing director of the Africa regional office.

Africa: Bolt Raises €50m in Venture Debt From the EU to Expand Its Ride-Hailing Business

Fri 17 Jan 2020 10:39:25 GMT
[TechCrunch] Bolt, the billion-dollar startup out of Estonia that's building a ride-hailing, scooter and food delivery business across Europe and Africa, has picked up a tranche of funding in its bid to take on Uber and the rest in the world of on-demand transportation.

Africa: Liverpool Engineers Help African Nations Shift Towards Clean Energy

Thu 16 Jan 2020 01:11:06 GMT
[PR Newswire] London -International Development Minister opens a new engine repair workshop at Clarke Energy and announces extra UK aid to help develop innovative solar products

Africa: New Estimates Show 14.8 Million Children Globally Are HIV-Exposed but Uninfected

Wed 15 Jan 2020 11:58:53 GMT
[The Conversation Africa] In many countries with a high HIV prevalence, at least 95% of children born to mothers living with HIV remain HIV-uninfected. This is due to the success of wide-scale provision of antiretroviral therapy to mothers with HIV to prevent transmission to their children during pregnancy, labour or breastfeeding.

Africa: Iran Crisis - the Impact On Oil Markets

Wed 15 Jan 2020 10:49:59 GMT
[Chatham House] The assassination of Qassem Soleimani has exacerbated the sensitivity of oil markets to political events and brought geopolitics back into global oil prices.

Africa: CHAN 2020 - CAF President in Cameroon

Wed 15 Jan 2020 09:55:26 GMT
[Cameroon Tribune] During his visit the delegation will hold high-level talks with Cameroon officials on the organization of the CHAN 2020 and AFCON 2021 in Cameroon.