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How the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) is Scaling up Local Content Initiatives in Nigeria

With the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement on January 1, 2021, Nigeria has the chance to significantly increase local content initiatives, expanding economic activity beyond its borders and driving local capacity

Implemented on January 1, 2021, the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) is considered the foundation for enhanced cross-continental trade in Africa. Signed by 54 countries, the agreement comprises the reduction of tariff and non-tariff barriers, the simplification of custom procedures, and the elimination of red tape with the aim…

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WHO Director-General's remarks at the press conference on the report of the Independent Commission on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse - 28 September 2021

The commission has identified dozens of potential victims of sexual exploitation and abuse, and 21 alleged perpetrators, who were employed by WHO at the time of the events

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening. As you know, in October last year, I appointed an Independent Commission to investigate allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse during the response to the tenth Ebola Virus Disease epidemic in North Kivu and Ituri, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The…

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WHO and partners call for urgent action on meningitis

By 2030, the goals are to eliminate epidemics of bacterial meningitis – the most deadly form of the disease – and to reduce deaths by 70% and halve the number of cases

Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners launched the first ever global strategy to defeat meningitis - a debilitating disease that kills hundreds of thousands of people each year. By 2030, the goals are to eliminate epidemics of bacterial meningitis – the most deadly form of the disease –…

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United Nations issues guidance on negotiating trade agreements for increasing trade resilience in times of crisis and pandemic

The Handbook is based on inputs collected from a wide range of experts, including from civil society, academia and the private sector, under the Global Initiative on Model Provisions for Trade in Times of Crisis and Pandemic in Regional and other Trade Agreements

The United Nations has released a first version of a Handbook on Provisions and Options for Trade in Times of Crisis and Pandemic’. Work on the handbook was initiated by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commissions…

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Over 2 million Kenyans face acute hunger due to drought in Kenya, warns IRC

At the beginning of September, the president of Kenya declared the drought a national disaster following a national rainfall report

The International Rescue Committee is concerned about the growing humanitarian needs following months of droughts in parts of Kenya. At the beginning of September, the president of Kenya declared the drought a national disaster following a national rainfall report. Due to the poor rainfall and low crop production, 2.1 million…

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Merck Foundation and African First Ladies mark “World Heart Day 2021” by training future cardiovascular preventive experts in Africa

Merck Foundation in partnership with African First Ladies and Ministries of Health continues to provide their scholarship of one-year Post-Graduate Diploma and two-year Master degree in Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine for 100 doctors from more than 25 African and Asian countries

Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany marks World Heart Day 2021 in partnership with African First Ladies, Ministries of Health, Medical Societies, and Academia, through their long-term commitment towards building Cardiovascular preventive care capacity in Africa, Asia and beyond. Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck…

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Ensuring the safety of mothers and newborns during childbirth in Namibia

Globally, every day, approximately 800 women and 6700 babies lose their lives due to preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth

World Patient Safety Day was established in 2019 to enhance global understanding of patient safety, increase public engagement in the safety of health care and promote global actions to enhance patient safety and reduce patient harm. This year’s World Patient Safety Day was commemorated under the theme 'Safe maternal and…

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United States Donates 100,620 Doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine to Namibia

The 100, 620 vaccine doses are part of the Biden-Harris Administration commitment to share U.S. vaccine supply with the world

The U.S. Embassy in Windhoek, Namibia announces the donation by the U.S. Government of 100,620 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as part of our global efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.  The donated vaccines are part of the U.S. pledge to initially provide at least 25 million of 80 million doses globally to Africa.  The U.S. government coordinated closely with the…

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FAR and U.S. Military Conclude 6-Year Joint Program to Counter Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Threats

U.S. and Moroccan military personnel participated in Maroc Mantlet, the premier disaster planning and preparedness exercise in the Kingdom

Morocco’s armed forces are now a regional leader in confronting chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats, following a $16-million, six-year program with the U.S.  Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) that officially ended in a ceremony today in Kenitra.  The Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Security Cooperation Engagement Program trained a FAR company to detect, identify and secure chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) hazards, using the…

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Guinea Bissau: Independent E&P Companies, IOC´s Unlock Prospective Offshore MSGBC Acreage (By Miguel Artacho)

Guinea Bissau has overcome a difficult 2020-2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and has seen an uptick in economic growth this year that is expected to accelerate further over the course of 2022

By Miguel Artacho, Field Editor Oil and gas investors with an interest in Africa have made significant investments in some of the countries of the MSGBC Basin – which comprise Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Guinea-Conakry – such as Senegal and Mauritania, where the world-class Grand Tortue Ahmeyim (GTA) gas project…