Corporate Council on Africa News Updates

(Posted 26th January 2022)

U.S.-AFRICA RELATIONS

Africa, America ministers set to improve agriculture
New Business Ethiopia
Ministers of Agriculture of Africa and the Americas committed to working together to develop a cooperation agenda and agreed that the two continents face common challenges and opportunities with respect to transforming their agrifood systems to make them more sustainable and inclusive… Read more>>

Tanzania contracts U.S. law firm as advisor for LNG project
Reuters
Tanzania has appointed a U.S.-based law firm as its transaction advisor for negotiations with energy companies over the construction of a liquefied natural gas project, valued at $30 billion, the state oil company said… Read more>>

AGRIBUSINESS

Liberia: President Weah Praises Ministry of Agriculture’s Leadership Under Minister Cooper
Front Page Africa
President George Manneh Weah has heaped praises on authorities of Agriculture Ministry headed by Minister Jeanine Cooper for the level of achievements and progress made during 2021… Read more>>

Farmers, Agribusiness Men Backs CBN’s Forex Exclusion List to Boost Agric Devt
This Day
Agricultural stakeholders have claimed that the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) forex exclusion list has engendered a virile agricultural sector in the country in spite of its challenges… Read more>>

ENERGY

Africa still on the Backfoot over climate crisis policy in run-up to COP27
Daily Maverick
As the dust settled on the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), the world started realizing that it fell short of the promise to launch a new global deal for a low-carbon future. Nevertheless, Africa has displayed encouraging global climate leadership… Read more>>

HEALTH


Africa’s Health Boss seeks to tempt expat medics to come back home
The Guardian
During the pandemic, the UK and other rich nations have relied on African doctors and nurses to shore up their health services. Now the continent’s chief health leader is hoping to put the brain drain into reverse with a plan to persuade African expats to return… Read more>>

COVID is proving more lethal for children in Africa
Health Day
Children in sub-Saharan Africa have a far higher risk of death from COVID-19 than those in the United States and Europe, a new study shows… Read more>>

INFRASTRUCTURE


Uhuru: Ethiopia’s peace vital for common infrastructure development
Nation
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday said there should be urgency on resolving the Ethiopian conflict in Tigray to allow Addis Ababa and neighbors concentrate on rebuilding their economies. Speaking in Nairobi, President Kenyatta said Kenya’s key infrastructure plans depend on Ethiopia’s peace… Read more>>

IMF Executive Board Approves New $455 Million Extended Credit Facility Arrangement for the Republic of Congo 
International Monetary Fund
The IMF Executive Board approved a new 36-month arrangement under the Extended Credit Facility for the Republic of Congo, in an amount equivalent to about $455 million to help the country maintain macroeconomic stability and support economic recovery in the context of the pandemic, including by catalyzing financial support from official donors… Read more>>

Creation of the Sixth Region of Africa
Diaspora African Forum
On February 2nd, 2022, a global audience will behold a tangible sign and symbol of the presence and participation of the Diaspora in African Affairs, when the Diaspora African Forum (DAF) will officially launch the newly created flag for The Sixth Region of Africa: The Diaspora. The various Diaspora groups and organizations all around the world will also launch the flag at their various locations throughout the 28 days celebration of the black history month in February… Read more>>

ICT

 
Harnessing Technology and Innovation for a better future in Africa: Policy priorities for enabling the ‘Africa We Want’
Brookings
The COVID-19 crisis has changed how the world functions, bringing to light many limitations of existing systems and showing the need to reimagine the role of informational technology as a tool for economic growth… Read more>>

Airships could boost internet coverage and help close the digital divide in Africa – and beyond
World Economic Forum
Could solar-powered blimps (low-altitude airships) lead to a new era of enhanced internet connectivity for sub-Saharan Africa?… Read more>>

South Africa: Technology Innovation Agency Welcomes Appointment of New Board
All Africa
The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), has welcomed the appointment of the new TIA board by Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande…. Read more>>

TOURISM


Tourism Committee Promises Robust and Constructive Oversight
African Business
The Portfolio Committee on Tourism has welcomed the corrective measures adopted by the Department of Tourism to deal effectively with the Auditor-General’s (AG’s) negative findings in relation to the department’s procurement processes and the allocation of Covid-19 relief funds… Read more>>

Gambia looks to Africans to revive its stricken tourism industry
RFI
In an effort to revitalize Gambia’s flagging tourism sector, which has been decimated during the Covid-19 pandemic, the West African country is looking closer to home, and even at its own, to bolster the once-vibrant industry… Read more>>

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