Corporate Council on Africa’s latest news updates

(Posted 24th March 2022)

CCA MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

Coca Cola Africa presents Africa.com Virtual Summit Women Heads of State Initiative
Africa.com
An unprecedented convening of African women heads of state to focus on Africa’s advancement agenda through a gender lends… Read more>>

Agbeyewa Farms USA Seeking CEO
Agbeyewa Farms
Agbeyewa Farms is seeking a world-class executive to join their team as CEO for their USA operations. This individual will run the business daily and partner with the Agbeyewa team globally to ensure execution of the company vision… Read more>>
U.S.-AFRICA RELATIONS

President Biden Announces Key Nominees
The White House

President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to serve as key leaders in his administration… Read more>>

U.S.-Kenya SME Trade Initiative Program Launch
KEPSA

KEPSA and the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) have had a longstanding relationship focused on increasing Kenya-U.S. trade and investment. The two organizations signed an MoU, witnessed by President Uhuru Kenyatta in New York on November 2021 and held an event on March 8 to launch the program. Under these MOU, KEPSA and CCA agreed to collaborate on the following initiatives… Read more>>

AGRIBUSINESS

Russia/Ukraine Crisis: Nigeria Must Act Fast To Avoid Food Crisis – Oxfam Nigeria
Independent

A non-governmental organization (NGO) known as OXFAM Nigeria, has decried the regional war between Russia and Ukraine, warning that if something is not done to abate the situation, it may cause a devastating global food crisis… Read more>>

East Africa’s Hunger Crisis Needs Global Action, Says Oxfam
Associated Press

Widespread hunger across East Africa could become “a catastrophe” without an injection of funds to the region’s most vulnerable communities, the international aid group Oxfam warned Tuesday. An estimated 13 million people are facing severe hunger in the Horn of Africa as a result of persistent drought conditions, according to the United Nations… Read more>>

AfDB proposed $1bn plan to move away from Russian wheat
The Africa Report 

On 15 March, Akinwumi Adesina announced that AfDB has proposed a $1bn fundraising effort to help 40 million African farmers use climate-resilient technologies and increase their production of heat-tolerant wheat varieties. Aside from the technological aspect, this new strategy aimed at developing the African agricultural sector is particularly relevant given the present war between Ukraine and Russia… Read more>>

ENERGY

Africa Needs Off-Grid Support to Avoid 30 Million Losing Access
BNN Bloomberg
Off-grid power development in Africa needs support to prevent at least 30 million people from losing electricity access after disruptions related to the global pandemic caused many distributors to struggle to remain operational, according to a new report… Read more>>

Can Africa supply Europe’s energy demand?
Deutsche Welle
As the war in Ukraine rages on, the European Union is desperately searching for alternative energy sources. Africa has abundant reserves, but experts say the continent’s energy sector needs urgent reforms and help… Read more>>


HEALTH

Over 23M children to be vaccinated in Africa after Malawi polio outbreak
Anadolu Agency

More than 23 million children in five African nations will be immunized against polio in a mass vaccination campaign after an outbreak in Malawi… Read more>>
 

WHO Says Africa’s COVID Vaccinations Rose by 15% in February 
VOA News

The World Health Organization says Africa’s COVID-19 vaccinations rose by 15% between January and February, as several countries embarked on mass inoculation drives to expand coverage and protect populations from the pandemic… Read more>>


INFRASTRUCTURE

The Myth of the Chinese ‘Debt Trap’ in Africa
Bloomberg

Over the past two decades, China has built large infrastructure projects in almost every country in Africa, making some Western powers uncomfortable amid wider concerns about Beijing’s intentions on the continent. However, a deeper look shows that accusations of so-called debt trap diplomacy are-at least so far- unfounded… Read more>>

ICT

Google Internet Cable Lands in Africa, Promising Fast Connection
Sunday Times

A subsea cable owned by Google that promises to double internet speeds for millions in Africa arrived in Togo on Friday, the company said, the latest step in a multiyear project to provide chapter access to users across the continent… Read more>>


TOURISM

Indentured laborers’ links should be used to boost South African tourism in Bihar
The Print

The state of Bihar should use the links created by several indentured labourers, who came to South Africa from 1860 as sugar-cane farm labourers, to boost tourism, a top diplomat of the African country has said… Read more>>

Morocco, Israel Hold First Summit on Tourism Investment
African Business

The “Morocco Israel Tourism Investment Summit” was held on Tuesday in digital format, with a view to promoting tourism investment among the Israeli community… Read more>>

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