Corporate Council on Africa News Updates

(Posted 18th August 2022)

U.S.-AFRICA RELATIONS
Mayor Sylvester Turner To Host Inaugural Houston-Africa Energy Summit With African Heads Of State, African Ministers, Corporate CEOs, And Business Leaders 
City of Houston
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will host the City’s first-ever Houston-Africa Energy Summit featuring African Heads of State, African Ministers, Houston-based energy CEOs, and business leaders from the African continent and the Greater Houston Area… Read more>>

Will Blinken’s charm offensive be effective?
Premium Times
United States (US) Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s whistlestop tour of Africa last week was interesting for various reasons – not least its timing. It followed hot on the heels of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s visit– ostensibly to cement strategic relations and support for the ongoing Ukraine war… Read more>>

AGRIBUSINESS
Africa Urea Market to Gain Traction in the Agriculture Industry
Farmers Review Africa
The global urea market is all set to observe an upward trend in the 21st century as the demand for organic fertilizers rises appreciably. Citing an instance, in July 2022, SABIC Agri-Nutrients Company and BiOWiSH Technologies, Inc. signed a collaboration on the development of Bio-enhanced mineral fertilizers coated with urea… Read more>>

Donors launch initiative to transform Africa’s smallholder agriculture
News Ghana
Dubbed the “African Agricultural Transformation Initiative (AATI),” the 19.6 million U.S. dollar project that runs until 2025 seeks to revamp farming at the grassroots level through smart policies and financing… Read more>>

The Government of the Gambia and United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) join forces to enhance agriculture and food security of vulnerable communities in the country
African Business
The Government of The Gambia and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), today, launched the Gambia Agriculture and Food Security Project (GASFp) aiming to reinforce food security and nutrition, and increase incomes of 170,000 vulnerable people including farmers, food processors, community members and school children… Read more>>

ENERGY
African Energy Week discusses role of AI and analytics
ITP
African Energy Week being held in Cape Town South Africa between October 18-21st 2022 will be discussing the role that AI (Artificial Intelligence) and analytic technologies can play in enhancing the production, storage, transportation and exploitation of hydrocarbons to make energy poverty history across the African continent by 2030… Read more>>

Prominent use cases of alternative power sources in Africa
ESI Africa
Africa has many renewable energy resources, such as hydro, sun, wind and others, and it is time to plan carefully to ensure a balanced energy mix. Energy decisions made today will have a profound impact on the continent for decades to come… Read more>>

Africa explores nuclear energy as climate-friendly way to ease power shortfalls
Alliance for Science
Although South Africa is the only African country producing nuclear power commercially, other governments on the continent are exploring nuclear energy as a climate-friendly alternative to fossil fuels… Read more>>

HEALTH
Sharing technology and supporting innovation is not just about equity. It’s also the best way to stop pandemics
World Health Organization
Inequity has plagued the responses to harmful pathogens. Take COVID-19: an unprecedented 11.9 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide, helping many countries turn the tide on the pandemic… Read more>>

An End To HIV In Botswana, Why Can’t We Accomplish The Same In The US
Forbes
Botswana has surpassed the UN’s 95-95-95 goals on HIV. Researchers say that the country is on track to end the public health threat of AIDS by 2030… Read more>>

Life expectancy increases in Africa by 10 years, but not for all
RFI
A WHO report found that healthy life expectancy rose to 56 years in 2019, up from 46 years in 2000. However, it is still below the global average of 64 years… Read more>>
Africa’s top public health body gets $100 mln from World Bank
Reuters
Africa’s main public health body, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), will receive $100 million from the World Bank to help African countries prepare for, detect and respond to disease outbreaks… Read more>>



INFRASTRUCTURE
East Africa leaders eye closer links, infrastructure growth for economic boost
Anadolu Agency
Leaders of the East African Community (EAC) on Thursday stressed the need for closer ties between the seven-member regional bloc to bolster trade and collective economic growth… Read more>>

Egypt’s Tatweer Misr has invested $235mln in sustainability initiatives across all its projects
Zawya
Tatweer Misr has invested 4.5 billion Egyptian pounds ($235 million) in sustainability initiatives within its ongoing real estate projects in the country, the company Chairman and  CEO said… Read more>>


ICT
Tanzania offers high-speed internet connection on Mount Kilimanjaro
Africa CGTN
Tanzania’s state-run telecommunications firm has hoisted high-speed internet connectivity on Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, through the national broadband project, an official said on Tuesday… Read more>>

Request for bids for a World Bank-funded project
Cape Verdean Government
The project to purchase equipment and other supplies for the assembly of ICT labs as a part of Digital Cabo Verde. The bids are due 9/16… Read more>>

Request for bids for a Technical Assistance
Cape Verdean Government
The project is for tourism as a request for bids for technical assistance for the elaboration/editing of textbooks and interactive resources associated with all 9th grade secondary school, also World Bank funded. The due date on this project is 9/22… Read more>>


TOURISM
Uganda Tourism Looks Outside Borders for Financial Help in Recovery
Skift
Uganda’s tourism industry leaders are searching for international and private sector funding sources to support its recovery and realize its ambition as a competitive destination in East Africa. The pandemic left a hole in the industry too big for Uganda’s government to fill… Read more>>

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