Corporate Council on Africa’s latest news updates


(Posted 08th December 2022)


Increasing Relationships Top Priority as US-Africa Summit Begins Next Week 
Black Enterprise 
The fresh effort is aimed to “demonstrate the United States’ enduring commitment to Africa and emphasize the significance of building new relations between both sides. The White House reported the summit “will build on our shared values to better foster new economic engagement; reinforce the U.S.-Africa commitment to democracy and human rights; mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and of future pandemics; work collaboratively to strengthen regional and global health; promote food security; advance peace and security; respond to the climate crisis; and amplify diaspora ties.”… Read more>>

Africa – U.S.: Commercial Ties Will Shape The Partnership in the 21st Century
U.S Department of Commerce 
In early August, with its release of its strategy toward sub-Saharan Africa, the Biden-Harris administration laid out a bold vision for a 21st-century US-Africa partnership. The strategy and the upcoming Africa Leaders Summit, which President Biden and his deputy Harris will host in December, comes at the right time. Africa’s economic transformation — spurred by its young and rapidly urbanising populations, digitalisation initiatives, abundant natural and human resources, and a continent-wide commitment to free trade — has proceeded rapidly… Read more>>

Liberia: Ministry of Agriculture, Partners Provide Grant to 22 Smallholders Farmers 
Front Page Africa 
Mr. Alexander Shiakeh, the Value-Chain and Agribusiness Specialist of the Smallholder Agriculture Transformation and Agribusiness Revitalization Project (STAR-P) at the Program Management Unit (PMU) of the Ministry of Agriculture has verified the matching grant utilization for at least twenty-two smallholder farmer groups and agribusinesses in the country. The smallholder farmer groups and agribusinesses in Lofa County expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and its partners including the World Bank and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) for matching grants of over Two Million United States Dollars being disbursed to them…Read more>>

Morocco to reap big as farmers scramble for phosphate amidst fertiliser shortage 
The African Report 
A global fertiliser supply shock deepened by Russia’s Ukraine invasion has brought boom times for the North African phosphate superpower Morocco and earned the kingdom new diplomatic capital. Rabat is using the leverage, especially in the decades-old fight over the disputed desert territory of Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony also claimed by Algeria-backed rebels, analysts say…Read more>>

More finance needed for Africa’s energy transition opportunities 
Africa’s transition to cleaner fuels and power generation presents investors with opportunities across the value chain, but more direct financing is needed on projects, the head of a South African independent power producer, said on Thursday. Brian Dames, chief executive officer of African Rainbow Energy & Power, said the shift to cleaner energy in South Africa for example, meant a massive addition of new generation capacity with strong growth potential… Read more>>

Africa’s Perfect Energy Cocktail for Power Sufficiency 
All Africa 
For Africa to become energy sufficient, it needs to explore all its options to cater to the needs of its 1.3B people. One of the major roadblocks that have thwarted economic productivity and growth in Africa has been gaping energy deficits. Another of Africa’s paradoxes, that whilst the continent is endowed with numerous abundant resources for power generation, it has barely benefited from this advantage. Over 640 million Africans have no access to energy, corresponding to an electricity access rate for African countries at just over 40 per cent. This is the lowest in the world, according to the African Development Bank (AfDB)…Read more>>

Bolstering Africa’s health emergency readiness and response 
World Health Organization 
The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa in partnership with Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, West African Health Organization, United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UK Health Security Agency, Robert Koch Institute and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation today kicked off the region’s largest public health emergency operation centre (PHEOC) simulation exercise to step up readiness to respond to public health emergencies, with 36 countries taking part in the two-day functional exercise… Read more>>

Africa CDC convenes public health officials and experts to prepare the continent to respond to future outbreaks
Africa CDC
Public health officials, experts, researchers, and scientists around Africa will gather at a major conference at the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this week to take stock of how ready, in a post-COVID-19 world, African countries are to face up to the next disease threat. ‘Beyond COVID-19: Pathogen Genomics and Bioinformatics for Health Security in Africa’ will be hosted by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), the autonomous health institution of the African Union (AU). The meeting will be held at the AU’s Headquarters in Addis Ababa from 29 November to 1 December 2022… Read more>>

AD Ports Group Signs Collaboration Agreement with Africa Finance Corporation
Business Wire 
AD Ports Group, the leading global facilitator of trade, logistics, and industry, has signed a collaboration agreement with the Africa Finance Corporation (“AFC”), the leading infrastructure solutions provider in Africa, to address infrastructure gaps across the continent. The agreement provides the basis for the two organisations to join forces on identifying, financing, developing and investing in much-needed ports, warehouses, maritime and logistics infrastructure projects across Africa. Both parties will bring their technical expertise and strong financial capacity and networks to a range of development initiatives, focusing on brownfield and greenfield opportunities… Read more>>

OADC extends Africa’s open digital infrastructure with data centres in South Africa and Nigeria 
IT News Africa 
Africa’s digital transformation is being accelerated by transformational, pan-African, carrier-neutral data centre operator Open Access Data Centres (OADC), whose flagship data centre in Lekki, Lagos is now operational. The company’s rapid data centre rollout continues, with three new core facilities in South Africa and expansion of the existing OADC Durban facility. Together with OADC’s unique core-to-edge deployment in South Africa, this is enabling telcos, ISPs, cloud operators, the wholesale community and major enterprises to benefit from greater choice, a truly client focussed service experience and an extended African cloud ecosystem… Read more>>

UNECA official stresses importance of building ICT Infrastructure in Africa 
English News 
The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Director for Technology, Climate Change and Natural Resources Management Jean-Paul Adam underscored the importance of building the information and communication sector infrastructure in Africa. Jean-Paul made the comments during a session at the ongoing Internet Governance Forum taking place in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, that runs until Friday, the UNECA said in a statement issued late Wednesday… Read more>>

Helping Africa Foundation provides ICT centres for Nkrankwanta and Juaboso communities
Ghana Web 
The Helping Africa Foundation has donated ultramodern ICT centers for Nkrankwanta and Juaboso communities in Bono and Western North regions to promote teaching and learning of ICT under the foundation’s flagship program, the Yamoransa Model Labs program… Read more>>

ICT initiative launched in Angola for remote monitoring and evaluation of projects 
Intelligent CIO 
The African Development Bank has launched the Remote Appraisal, Supervision, Monitoring and Evaluation (RASME) project in Angola, following a three-day training session in the capital, Luanda. The initiative was officially launched on November 22 2022. RASME is a set of real-time digital data-gathering tools and processes that enable the bank, its clients and development partners to better prepare projects, report on progress and evaluate impact openly and transparently…Read more>>

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