Corporate Council on Africa News Updates

(Posted 06th January 2022)

CCA MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
After $1 Billion Investment, Google Pledges to Build a more ‘Vibrant and Dynamic’ Digital Ecosystem in Africa
CNN Africa
Tech giants such as Google — which expects hundreds of millions more people to come online across the continent for the first time in the next few years — are moving quickly in the race for Africa’s digital inclusion…. Read more>>

Citigroup Backs Ghanaian Health Startup’s Africa Expansion Plan
Bloomberg
Citigroup Inc. joined other investors in helping mPharma, a Ghanaian health startup, to raise $35 million for further expansion in Africa…. Read more>>
U.S.-AFRICA RELATIONSGabon and Ghana Join Powerful UN Security Council
Africa News
The U.N. Security Council got five new members Tuesday, as Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana and the United Arab Emirates formally took up the posts they won in an election in June…. Read more>>

U.S. Removes Ethiopia, Mali and Guinea from AGOA Trade Program
Aljazeer
The United States has cut Ethiopia, Mali and Guinea out of a duty-free trade program over alleged human rights violations and recent coups… Read more>>

One Year of the AfCFTA – What Has Worked and the Way Forward
All Africa
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) celebrates its first anniversary on January 1, 2022. With exception of Eritrea, all African countries are signatories to the agreement. Over time, ratifying counties pledge to eliminate import tariffs on 97% of goods traded between African states…. Read more>>

HEALTH
South Africa has passed its Omicron Outbreak Peak, Top Researchers Say
CNN Africa
South Africa has passed the peak of its Omicron outbreak, according to one of the country’s top scientific researchers…. Read more>>

INFRASTRUCTURE
Pandemic Disrupted Infrastructure Development in Africa
Morocco World News
The global spread of COVID-19 and the ensuing economic crisis presented a significant setback for infrastructure development in Africa….Read More>>

TOURISM
Biden Issues Proclamation Revoking Travel Ban on 8 Southern African Countries
Fox News
President Biden issued a proclamation Tuesday overturning a November travel order that barred nearly all non-U.S. citizens who had recently been in eight southern African countries from entering the U.S…. Read more>>

Travel Agencies in Morocco Protest Against Border Closure
AfricaNews
Moroccan travel agents demonstrate in front of the headquarters of the Ministry of Tourism in Rabat to draw attention to the disastrous situation of the sector, after the country abruptly shut its borders, on november 29, over the Omicron variant of Covid, the latest blow to an industry battered by the nearly two-year pandemic…. Read More>>

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