Corporate Council on Africa News Updates

(Posted 16th June 2022)

U.S.-AFRICA RELATIONS
From Fotabong, Cameroon, to U.S. Presidential Appointee: An intimate conversation with Dr. John Nkengasong
the Whitaker group
On, Monday, June 13th, Dr. John Nkengasong, known across Africa as the “hero doctor who met Covid-19 and Ebola head-on” was sworn in as the US Ambassador-At-Large, Coordinator of US Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS Globally. Now more than ever we need Dr. Nkengasong’s trailblazing leadership to address pandemic responses and navigate global health as a security priority. This special feature is both inspiring and instructive. Click here>> to watch 

US appreciates federal government, Afar and Tigray authorities for increased humanitarian supply; calls for essential services restoration
Addis Standard
The United States government “welcomes the progress in securing more regular access for humanitarian assistance to communities in need in the Afar, Amhara, and Tigray regions and appreciated the federal government and authorities in Afar and Tigray regional states for their “cooperation” to facilitate the delivery of this assistance”… Read more>>

AGRIBUSINESS
South African Towns Cut Water Supply After Years of Drought
Barron’s
A South African municipality on Monday imposed six-hour daily water outages, as reservoirs risk “Day Zero” when they run dry after years of droughts… Read more>>

Hunger in Kenya to worsen, warn UN agencies
The Star
Kenya is among 20 countries in need of urgent humanitarian action as hunger is likely to worsen from June to September. The country has been listed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Programme in their latest Hunger Hotspots report… Read more>>

Kenyatta, Mohamud talks clear way for miraa trade, flights resumption
The East African
Kenya will resume exports of miraa (khat) to Somalia in two weeks following a thawing of relations that saw President Uhuru Kenyatta make his first trip to Mogadishu Thursday since the renewing of diplomatic ties between the two countries last June… Read more>>

ENERGY
Final Decision on Tanzania’s $40 Billion Gas Plan Seen in 2025
BNN Bloomberg
Tanzania is edging closer to its dream of developing a $40 billion liquefied natural gas project after the government and companies, including Equinor ASA and Shell Plc, signed initial agreements… Read more>>


Taqa Arabia, Kyndryl to modernise energy distribution in Egypt
Zawya
Taqa Arabia, the leader in utility and energy distribution in Egypt, and Kyndryl, the world’s largest IT infrastructure services provider, have teamed up to better serve the energy needs of more than 1.7 million customers across Egypt… Read more>>

China ban on foreign coal investment leaves Zimbabwe scrambling
The Zimbabwean
Zimbabwe’s plan to refurbish two idled coal-fired power stations has been thrown into disarray by China’s decision to ban investment in plants burning the dirtiest fossil fuel outside its border… Read more>>

Ethiopia, TPLF reach secret deal to restore electricity, banking services in Tigray region
Sudans Post
Ethiopian government and the rebellious Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) have reportedly reached a secret agreement to restore electricity; banking and phone services in the northern Tigray region, several officials belonging to both parties of the Ethiopian conflict have told Sudans Post… Read more>>

HEALTH
It’s a bad month in region’s fight against Covid-19 as new infections hit its population
The East African
Numbers of Covid-19 cases are rising again in East Africa even as countries bank on vaccinations to prevent another round of restrictions… Read more>>

Most West Africans have had Covid-19, new data shows
Business Live
The extent of the Covid-19 pandemic in West Africa has been hugely underreported, according to blood tests showing the proportion of the population that have had a prior infection… Read more>>


INFRASTRUCTURE
Forum targets $10 billion yearly to bridge Africa’s infrastructure gap
Business Day
The World Forum for Africa (WOFA), a newly established think-tank, says it is set to rallying stakeholders around the world to raise $10 billion to bridge the infrastructure gap in Africa… Read more>>


ICT
Why Africa is defying global trends in VC funding
Quartz Africa
In recent weeks, tech media has been awash with coverage of falling startup valuations and sell-offs of once booming stocks in vibrant sectors… Read more>>

Nigeria prepares 5G technology for digital economy
The Guardian
Nigeria has made some significant success in the drive towards enthroning the national digital economy for the country… Read more>>


TOURISM
New alliance between heritage tourism body and African Women in Travel
Travel Daily News
Two organisations dedicated to improving travel and tourism will collaborate to advance the careers of African women in the travel and hospitality sector in Africa. The World Tourism Association for Culture and Heritage (WTACH) and The African Association of Women in Tourism and Hospitality (AAWTH) will implement training and advance their complementary agendas, as defined in a new memorandum of understanding signed by the two associations, 10 June 2022… Read more>>

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