Corporate Council on Africa News Updates

(Posted 30th March 2022)

CCA MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

Buhari Comissions $2.5 Billion Dangote Fertiliser Plant, Africa’s Biggest
Premium Times
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday conducted the tape-cutting ceremony marking the commissioning of Dangote Fertiliser Plant with a nameplate capacity of 3 million metric tonnes per annum in Ibeju Lekki, Lagos… Read more>>
U.S.-AFRICA RELATIONS

US and AU Reaffirm Cooperation on Health and Trade, but Ukraine War Remains the Elephant in the Room
Daily Maverick
The African Union and the United States have rebooted their relations after a relative pause of two years induced by the Covid pandemic — and despite the war in Ukraine. The two sides launched intensified programmes of cooperation in health, climate, economic development and peace and security at a high-level meeting in Washington this month…. Read more>>


AGRIBUSINESS
All Africa
Rwanda’s Largest Tea Factory Given to Smallholder Farmers

Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente has handed over Mulindi Tea Factory – Rwanda’s largest tea factory – to 5,000 smallholder farmers in Gicumbi District, a move expected to help farmers gain more profits from tea sales. According to the National Agricultural Export Development Board, it is the first factory to be fully owned by smallholder farmers… Read more>>

Rwanda: Meet Rwanda’s Promising Agriculture Sector Startups
The New Times

After an intense pitch, 6 Rwandan startups emerged as winners in a food challenge organized by the UN World Food Program (WFP) and Impact Hub Kigali (IHK), and each startup walked away with $ 50,000. The IGNITE Food Systems Challenge aimed at investing in and supporting Rwandan ventures that are contributing to improving food security in Rwanda… Read more>>

ENERGY
AfDB Pledges $2.8bn Towards South Africa for Energy Transition
ESI Journal
African Development Bank Group President Dr Akinwumi A. Adesina has pledged his institution’s support for South Africa, announcing a $2.8 billion package for the country over the next five years. Some $400 million will support South Africa’s power utility Eskom and the country’s energy transition… Read more>>

US Backs Mozambique’s Energy Security Projects
ESI Africa
The US Government has participated in the groundbreaking of the Central Termica de Temane (CTT), also known as the Temane thermal power plant, and the Temane Transmission Project (TTP) in Mozambique. These two energy projects will help strengthen energy security, boost access to affordable energy and support the country’s contributions to the regional power market… Read more>>

HEALTH
Ghana: Easing Covid-19 Restrictions Take Effect… President Emphasises Vaccination, Hand Washing
Ghanaian Times

The government has eased the protocols introduced at the height of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to restrict the movement of people and social gatherings. Consequently, the wearing of face masks is no longer mandatory. Religious, sporting and other activities such as conferences, parties, cinemas, and theaters can also take place in full capacity… Read more>>

Nations Pledge to Eradicate Guinea Worm Disease
The Carter Center

High-ranking representatives of several countries pledged this week to devote all resources needed to interrupt transmission of Guinea worm disease and certify its eradication by 2030. Ministers and dignitaries endorsed the Abu Dhabi Declaration on the Eradication of Guinea Worm Disease to ensure the neglected tropical disease becomes the first human disease to be eradicated since smallpox in 1980… Read more>>


INFRASTRUCTURE

DRC is Set to Become 7th Member of the East Africa Trading Bloc: What’s In It for Everyone
The Conversation

Shortly after his controversial electoral victory in early 2019, the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Felix Tshisekedi sought to get his country admitted into the East African Community. Recently, the East African Community ministers recommended the DRC’s admission, a decision set to be formalised by the bloc’s presidents when they meet on 29 March… 
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All New Electric Buses Upgrade for Dakar
ESI Africa

More than €135 million will be invested to develop the Dakar Bus Rapid Transit to modernise its urban mobility and transport network. Meridiam has just signed the concession contract for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in Dakar. This project, which Meridiam will implement with its partners Keolis and Fonsis, is the first of its kind in Africa. Part of Dakar’s global strategy is to modernise its urban mobility and transport network by 2025… Read more>>


ICT
Kenya: Microsoft Opens Africa Development Centre Facility in Nairobi
Capital FM

After three years of successful operation in Kenya, Microsoft’s premier engineering hub, the African Development Centre (ADC), is relocating to its own offices in Nairobi, demonstrating the company’s commitment to the continent… Read more>>


TOURISM
South Africa Eases COVID Restrictions for Vaccinated Travellers
Al Jazeera

South Africa, the country in Africa worst affected by coronavirus, has relaxed some of its remaining COVID-19 restrictions, dropping mandatory negative results for inbound fully-vaccinated travellers, a move expected to boost tourism… Read more>>

Ghana: Easing COVID-19 Restrictions Good, but Let’s Maintain Protocols
My Joy Online

Players in the hospitality industry have welcomed President Akufo-Addo’s decision to open the land and sea boarders, and further easing of COVID-19 restrictions. However, they want their members to continue to adhere to the COVID-19 protocols until the disease is completely eradicated… Read more>>

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