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Minister Radegonde receives the first Ambassador of the Republic of Zimbabwe

Minister Radegonde and Ambassador Hamadziripi discussed a wide range of issues in bilateral cooperation between the two countries, including education, tourism, and finance

Minister Sylvestre Radegonde met with H.E. Mr. David Douglas Hamadziripi, Non-Resident Ambassador of the Republic of Zimbabwe to the Republic of Seychelles, on October 25, 2021, at Maison Quéau de Quinssy. H.E. Mr. David Douglas Hamadziripi presented his credentials to the President of the Republic, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan, in a…

Source: African Union (AU) |

African ministers in charge of Communication and Information Technologies set to convene, as Experts Meeting kicks off

The experts meeting will also conduct the elections of its fifth bureau

Ministers in charge of Communication and Information and Communication Technologies are scheduled to convene virtually on the 27 of October 2021, to deliberate and adopt decisions on accelerating implementation of the of various programs, projects and initiatives in the field of Communication and ICT. Gathering under the 4th African Union Specialized…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

Overcoming Binding Constraints to Competitive Manufacturing for Intra-Regional Trade

Lecture by Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina President, African Development Bank Group Adeola Odutola Lecture, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria Annual Meeting, October 26, 2021, Abuja, Nigeria

PROTOCOLS I wish to thank you for inviting me to deliver this Annual Adeola Odutola Lecture. It is indeed an honor to be asked to speak at an event named after one of Nigeria’s foremost industry leaders. Chief Odutola, a former President of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, was a…

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Pursuing the endgame: novel polio vaccine rollout in Africa

It is a modified version of the mOPV2 vaccine that provides comparable protection against poliovirus type 2 but with an increased stability

In November 2020, the novel Oral Polio Vaccine type 2 (nOPV2) became the first vaccine to be authorized under the WHO Emergency Use Listing. The vaccine has since been rolled out for limited initial use in countries to tackle vaccine-derived poliovirus. Dr Richelot Ayangma, Medical Officer and nOPV2 Focal Point…

Source: Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) |

Trade and Development Bank (TDB) and ICD sign an MoU to support private sector investment in common African member states

The agreement establishes a framework for both institutions to collaborate with the aim of financing eligible transactions in targeted countries sponsored by the private sector or non-sovereign backed projects

The Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) and the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) (https://ICD-PS.org) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the purpose of advancing cooperation in the provision of finance and investment to private sector in their common Member States…

Source: Embassy of Morocco in South Africa |

Morocco Calls for Stepping Up Regional Cooperation on Climate Change

The Head of Government highlighted that the Kingdom of Morocco has adopted an integrated policy based on a responsible, inclusive and participatory approach to climate change

The head of government Aziz Akhannouch called for strengthening regional cooperation to address issues related to climate change. During a presentation at the Middle East Green Initiative (MGI) Summit, Mr. Akhannouch stressed the need for a more coordinated, effective, and integrated approach between the different stakeholders of the international community…

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UN Reaffirms Commitment to Ensuring Peace and Prosperity for all in Nigeria

Due to the pandemic, millions of Nigerians have been devastatingly affected through the loss of lives and livelihoods

The United Nations System in Nigeria has reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring peace and prosperity for all in Nigeria. This commitment was made by Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo, the World Health Organization (WHO) Country Representative and United Nations Resident Coordinator (Ad Interim) during a symposium to commemorate the 2021 UN…

Source: International Monetary Fund (IMF) |

IMF and Madagascar Reach Staff-Level Agreement on the First Review of the Extended Credit Facility

The review’s completion would allow the disbursement of SDR 48.88 million (about US$69 million) to Madagascar to cover external and fiscal financing needs

IMF team and the Malagasy authorities reached a staff-level agreement on the first review of Madagascar’s economic reform program under the Extended Credit Facility; Growth is gradually recovering, but the pandemic has increased poverty and the ongoing famine in the South is a major source of concern, requiring strong policy…

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More than 60,000 Burundian refugees voluntarily return home this year

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Shabia Mantoo – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

A convoy carrying 343 Burundian refugees returned to the country from Uganda on Monday. This brings the number of refugees who have voluntarily returned to Burundi this year to more than 60,000. Roughly half of that total have returned from Tanzania, with the rest coming from Rwanda, the Democratic Republic…

Source: International Monetary Fund (IMF) |

IMF Executive Board Approves a US$76 Million Disbursement under the Rapid Credit Facility to Burundi to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

The financial assistance will support the implementation of Burundi’s COVID-19 response plan aimed at limiting the disease spread

The COVID-19 pandemic and associated border closures resulted in a slowdown of Burundi’s economy, which threatens to deteriorate living standards; To address Burundi’s urgent balance of payments and fiscal needs, the IMF approved emergency financial assistance equivalent to about US$76.2 million under the Rapid Credit Facility; The financial assistance will…