Corporate Council on Africa’s latest news updates

(Posted 05th May 2022)

U.S.-AFRICA RELATIONS
Raila Vows Deeper Ties with U.S. if Elected, Seeks Help for ‘Babacare’
Nation
Azimio la Umoja presidential flag-bearer Raila Odinga has concluded his visit to the United States with a promise to deepen existing bilateral cooperation. Mr. Odinga visited the State Department, where he held two-hour talks with Molly Phee, the Assistant Secretary of State for African affairs… Read more>>

AGRIBUSINESS
Wheat Prices in Africa up 60% Due to Russia-Ukraine War: AfDB
Anadolu Agency
The Russia-Ukraine war has disrupted wheat exports, driving wheat prices up by 60% in Africa, the president of the African Development Bank (AfDB) said Tuesday, warning that the continent will lose up to $11 billion worth of food due to the conflict… Read more>>

How Africa is Bearing the Brunt of Palm Oil’s Perfect Storm
Reuters
Djeneba Belem’s fried bean cake stall in Abidjan is a world away from the war raging in Ukraine. But her business is now at the mercy of an unexpected consequence: runaway palm oil prices… Read more>>

ENERGY
Africa is Imperfect Solution to Europe’s Gas Woes
Reuters
Africa has become Europe’s latest gas hunting ground. Moscow’s decision to halt supplies to Poland and Bulgaria has sharpened concerns about the bloc’s Russian energy addiction. Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has already rushed to sign deals with Algeria, Egypt and the Congo Republic to curb his country’s reliance on Moscow. Africa’s vast fossil fuel reserves, proximity to Europe and growing liquefied natural gas (LNG) market may tempt other leaders. Unstable politics and limited infrastructure complicate matters… Read more>>

Tanzania to Produce 6,000MW from Renewable Energy by 2025, President SaysESI Africa
The President of Tanzania, Samia Suluhu Hassan has stated that the country has a goal of producing 6,000MW from renewable energy by 2025. The President said the electricity will be produced through renewable sources including hydropower, solar and wind projects… Read more>>

HEALTH
Ebola Vaccination Campaign Begins in DR Congo to Counter New Outbreak
UN News
An Ebola vaccination campaign has begun in northwest Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to halt the spread of a deadly new outbreak in the country, where the disease is endemic… Read more>>

Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Surging in Africa Due to COVID-19 Disruptions
VOA News 
The World Health Organization warns that vaccine-preventable diseases are spreading across the African continent because routine immunizations against killer diseases have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic… Read more>>



INFRASTRUCTURE
South Africa: Reconstruction Projects Underway in KZN
All Africa
Reconstruction projects aimed at rebuilding are currently underway in parts of KwaZulu-Natal following the devastating floods that damaged infrastructure and roads across the province. Addressing the media on the response to the floods on Tuesday, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala said that the construction of Residential Temporary Units has started… Read more>>

More Investment for OnePort 365 to Digitise Freight Management
ESI Africa
Nigerian startup, OnePort 365, raises $5 million in seed funding to drive end-to-end digitisation of freight management in Africa. OnePort 365 is committed to simplifying freight forwarding for exporters and importers, providing complete transparency, visibility and control, minimising cost inefficiencies and eliminating time and effort inefficiencies resulting from traditional supply chain management methods… Read more>>
 

ICT
Twitter’s Fledgling Africa Project is Now in Elon Musk’s Hands
Quartz Africa
A little over a year ago, Twitter started setting up its first Africa office in Ghana, a decision the company’s founder and then CEO, Jack Dorsey, made. Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, will now determine how that project evolves… Read more>>

TOURISM
Ecotourism: 6 African Countries Among World Top Destinations
Africa News
Global travel website Big 7 Travel shortlisted 50 countries worth exploring for wanderlust tourists conscious of their carbon footprint. Africa shines on the podium… Read more>>

UNWTO Expresses Confidence On Tourism in Madagascar
Zawya
The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Taleb Rifai has visited Madagascar to express the Organization’s full support to the tourism sector. Madagascar’s tourism is facing a challenging situation following a plague outbreak which has prompted some countries to implement travel restrictions with Madagascar. Mr Rifai recalled the World Health Organization (WHO) advises no restriction on travel or trade on Madagascar… Read more>>

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