Corporate Council on Africa’s latest news updates

(Posted 21st September 2022)

CCA MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
Nigeria Set To Choose Ethiopian Airlines As Core Investor Of New Flag Carrier 
Simple Flying
Nigeria has confirmed that Ethiopian Airlines has been chosen as the core investor and partner for the country’s new flag carrier. Nigeria Air has been in the works for a while now and has slowly been approaching a full launch, pending support from partners… Read more>>

Gilead Sciences to Acquire MicroBio
BusinessWire
Gilead Sciences, Inc. and MiroBio, a privately-held U.K.-based biotechnology company focused on restoring immune balance with agonists targeting immune inhibitory receptors, today announced that the companies have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Gilead will acquire MiroBio for approximately $405 million in cash, subject to customary adjustments…. Read more>>

U.S.-AFRICA RELATIONS
Biden Meets With South African President For The First Time In Eight Years
The Hill Top
United States President Joe Biden welcomed South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa to the White House, marking the first time in eight years the two heads of state have met in Washington D.C… Read more>>

US Pledges Support for Cleaner Energy in Nigeria 
Voice for America 
U.S. special envoy on climate John Kerry has pledged U.S. support to help Nigeria mitigate the effects of climate change, saying Africa’s most populous nation would benefit from a $12 billion fund for climate action… Read more>>

US Welcomes Appointment of Uhuru Kenyatta as Peace Envoy to Ethiopia, Eastern DRC 
Addis Standard 
Kenya’s President William Ruto said during his inauguration on Tuesday 13 September that he has appointed outgoing President Kenyatta to “continue chairing …discussions on behalf of the people of Kenya on “the peace initiatives in our region, including both in Ethiopia & in the Great Lakes region.”…Read more>>

AGRIBUSINESS
Africa agrifoodtech startups raise $1bn in 5 years, but just 1% of global investment
AgFunder Network Partners 
Africa has seen a substantial rise in the volume of venture capital flowing into the continent. While the majority of investments go to Africa’s surging fintech sector, agrifoodtech startups are also seeing a bump in investor interest… Read more>>

Amid Global Climate And Hunger Crises, Africa Is Building A Brighter Food Future 
Africa.com
Humanity is facing a climate emergency that is hitting Africa harder than anywhere else, even though the continent contributes just 4% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The war in Ukraine is causing food and fuel prices to rise dramatically, making it harder than ever for African countries to feed their citizens with food imports… Read more>>

ENERGY
Green Energy Africa Summit selects ten green startups as finalists 
Creamer Media’s Engineering News 
The finalists were selected following the Energy Investment Village selection process. The Energy Investment Village is a partnership between Freeport Saldanha, its initiative the Saldanha Bay Innovation Campus and advisory firm the Research Institute for Innovation and Sustainability…Read more>>



HEALTH
Africa CDC head: COVID still a threat given low vaccination rates
Reuters
The COVID-19 pandemic is still a threat on the African continent given low vaccination rates, the acting director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said on Thursday… Read more>>

Uganda Confirms at least 1 case of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever ABC News 
Ugandan health authorities on Tuesday reported that a man who died a day earlier had tested positive for the virus that causes Ebola… Read more>>

INFRASTRUCTURE
Better Infrastructure and Policies Can Protect a Billion African Pedestrians and Cyclists  
UN Environment Programme 
78 per cent of Africa’s population commutes by foot and on bicycles every day, yet difficult, dangerous and uncomfortable conditions contribute to a rapid rise in the number of vehicles in cities and an increasing number of road fatalities… Read more>>


ICT
ICT Skills Registry Launch in South Africa 
IT News Africa.com 
The Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA), in partnership with the Wireless Access Providers Association of South Africa (WAPA) and the Wireless Application Service Provider Association (WASPA), announces the launch of phase 1 of the ICT Skills Registry, a searchable database that contains the profiles and skill sets of candidates seeking a career path in the ICT industry… Read more>>

Africa is poised to drive the next iteration of tech innovation. Here’s why.  
Business Insider Africa 
In its recent Q2 2022 Domestic Product Report, Nigeria’s National Bureau of Statistics identified that its (ICT) sector contributed 18.44% of its GDP in Q2, largely superseding its oil sector, which accounted for 6.33% of its GDP in Q2…. Read more>>


TOURISM
Inspiring Nominations For The 5th & 2022 Africa Tourism Leadership Awards   
Africa.com  
The call for nominations for the 5th Africa Tourism Leadership Forum and Awards have now been closed. The Africa Tourism Leadership Forum and Awards which strive to recognize and honor change-makers and innovation pioneered by Africans, in Africa, for African travel tourism, hospitality, aviation and related industries, is scheduled for 24 to 26 October 2022 in Gaborone, Botswana… Read more>>

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