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Coronavirus - African finance ministers: urgent need for $100bn immediate emergency financing for COVID-19

While acknowledging the commendable policy measures taken by governments, the Ministers underscored that Africa’s economy is facing a deep and synchronized slow down

African Ministers of Finance held a second virtual meeting Tuesday, against the backdrop of rising COVID-19 cases in Africa which could spiral out of control unless measures are put in place now to curtail its spread. The meeting was hosted by Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, and…

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Coronavirus - Ethiopia: ECA contributes awareness materials to aid Ethiopia’s fight against COVID-19

Topics include emergency preparedness and response, the disease and its conditions, healthy living and safety, among others

The Economic Commission for Africa and the UN Communications Group last week handed over to the Government of Ethiopia, awareness materials to ensure ordinary citizens have access to timely and accurate information in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak. Over 40000 flyers and brochures were printed for distribution by relevant government entities. Topics include emergency preparedness and…

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Three Things the G20 must do to support Africa in COVID-19 Pandemic

G20 leaders should take measures to support agricultural imports and exports, the pharmaceutical sector and the banking sector

This is a global crisis affecting the whole world. Africa, however, will be hit harder with a heavy and durable economic toll, which will threaten progress and prospects, widen inequalities between and within countries, and worsen current fragilities. African countries need support in preparing for the health crisis, and for…

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African Finance Ministers call for coordinated COVID-19 response to mitigate adverse impact on economies and society

The Ministers emphasized that without coordinated efforts, the COVID-19 pandemic will have major and adverse implications on African economies and the society at large

African Finance Ministers met on 19 March in a virtual conference to exchange ideas on the efforts of their respective governments in dealing with the social and economic impacts of COVID-19. They noted that even before the COVID-19 pandemic, Africa was already experiencing a huge financing gap in funding measures…

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Regional Forum on Sustainable Development to define a road map for operationalizing Africa’s Decade of Action

Among the delegates are over 30 ministers from across the continent with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals

Over 3000 delegates descended on Victoria Falls over the weekend for the sixth Session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development to review progress, share experiences and build consensus on how the Continent can accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2063 of the…

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Africa’s Female Fund Managers to Receive Major Boost Through Launch of a Multi-Million Dollar Fund

The launch of the African Women Leadership Fund (AWLF) will provide capital to both first time and experienced fund managers

African leaders are putting women front and center of efforts to drive the continent’s economic growth through a game-changing fund that invests in women fund managers and also provides technical assistance. The launch of the African Women Leadership Fund (AWLF) will provide capital to both first time and experienced fund…

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to attend the African Union (AU) Summit

Mr Gutteres is expected to address the Summit, whose theme for the year is, "Silencing the Guns; Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa's Development"

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is scheduled to attend the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union to be held from 9-10 February at the headquarters of the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa. Mr Gutteres is expected to address the Summit, whose theme for the year is,…

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Zimbabwe ready to host & showcase itself at sustainable development forum: Minister

The goals will be clustered around the five Ps – People, Prosperity, Planet, Peace and Partnerships

Zimbabwe is ready to host the Sixth Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD) that will be held in Victoria Falls from 24 to 27 February under the theme ‘2030-2030: A Decade to Deliver a Transformed and Prosperous Africa through the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063.” This was said Monday…

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A passion for food wins contest on innovative thinking

The contest awarded two grand (first position) prizes in the categories of substantive innovation and operational innovation - won by Sylvie Ogoudedji and Bineswaree Bolaky

Winning an award was never part of Sylvie Ogoudedji’s expectations when she joined the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) as a fellow in 2019. It was during her induction that she learned of ECA’s Innovation Challenge for the first time. What got her “really excited” was a new understanding -…

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The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and Zimbabwe sign agreement ahead of forthcoming sustainable development forum

The overall objective of the sixth session of the Sixth Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD) is to conduct a regional follow-up and review of progress made

The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the Zimbabwe government on Wednesday signed an agreement in preparation for the forthcoming Sixth Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD) which Harare is hosting in Victoria Falls from 24-27 February, 2020. Mr. Oliver Chinganya, Director of the African Centre for Statistics, signed…