Corporate Council on Africa News Updates

(Posted 20th April 2022)

U.S.-AFRICA RELATIONS
President Samia travels to U.S., set to launch ‘Royal Tour’ documentary
The East African

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan is in Washington, D.C. for a working tour that will see her launch the Royal Tour documentary in New York on April 18…. Read more>>

Biden administration to grant temporary protection to Cameroonians
The Washington Post

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas granted immigrants from Cameroon temporary protection in the United States on Friday, allowing them to remain in the country for 18 months and apply for work permits… Read more>>>

Uber suspends operations in Tanzania pending ‘deal with authorities’
The East African

US-based ride-hailing company, Uber, on Thursday suspended its operation in Tanzania after being in the country for six years… Read more>>

AGRIBUSINESS
Alarm bells but little action as Horn of Africa faces unprecedented drought
The New Humanitarian

Already struggling after three seasons of failed rains, farmers and pastoralists in the Horn of Africa are facing an unprecedented fourth drought – a catastrophe that will tip more than 20 million people into extreme hunger and, for some, possibly starvation… Read more>>

World Bank projects Africa growth to drop to 3.4pc
The East African

Africa’s economic growth is projected to drop to 3.4 percent this year, down 0.6 percentage points from the four percent growth recorded in 2021, due to new macroeconomic shocks… Read more>>

ENERGY
Climate Crisis will worsen brutality against African migrants as their fate is outsources to a failed state, investigator warns
Daily Maverick

The European Union will have to find a more sustainable way of dealing with migrants from Africa as climate factors will drive millions from their home in the next few decades… Read more>>


Uganda fights crop-devouring armyworm, blaming climate change
Reuters

Uganda’s government said on Tuesday it was deploying pesticides to fight an outbreak of African armyworms, which devastates cereal crops and has been discovered in 35 districts of the country… Read more>>

Durban flood survivors: South Africans homeless, hurt and heartbroken
BBC News

A state of disaster has been called in the region, after months’ worth of rain fell in just one day in some areas…. 
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HEALTH
Covid Cases, Deaths in Africa Drop to Lowest Levels Yet
VOA

The number of coronavirus cases and deaths in Africa have dropped to their lowest levels since the pandemic began, marking the longest decline yet seen in the disease, according to the World Health Organization… Read more>>

Hospital in Ethiopia’s Tigray Struggles to Treat Patients
AP

Patients at the flagship hospital in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region are dying amid shortages of life-saving drugs and oxygen, according to health officials… Read more>>
 

INFRASTRUCTURE
African Debt Risks Heightened by War in Ukraine, World Bank Says
BNN Bloomberg

Russia’s war with Ukraine has escalated sovereign-debt risks in sub-Saharan Africa, increasing the need for better relief measures to avert a “large wave” of crises among the region’s developing countries, the World Bank said… Read more>>

ICT
AfDB earmarks 10 million euros equity investment to drive Africa tech startups
Premium Times

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB)has approved an equity investment of €9.8 million to support venture capital investments in African start-ups, from seed to growth stages… Read more>>

Global MIT launches the Africa Distinguished Visitors Program
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

On March 17, the MIT community welcomed the renowned physicist, scholar, and academic leader Professor Mohamed H.A. Hassan, as the first honoree of the MIT Africa Distinguished Visitors Program. During his visit, Hassan delivered a keynote address on the role of innovation in achieving sustainable development on the African continent and met with student leaders and MIT engineering, science, urban planning, and anthropology faculty… Read more>>

TOURISM
Malawi: A Stunning Landlocked African Country Aims for Tourism
Forbes

That’s been changing, and the country recently unveiled a $660 million tourism investment master plan to ramp up infrastructure development, implemented under a public-private partnership with the African Development Bank… Read more>>

CCA EVENTS

Disruptions in Global Agribusiness Supply Chains: Impact in Africa and Need for Collaborative Action
Wednesday, April 20, 2022

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