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#HudumaHalisi - Honest Public Service Campaign Launched in Kenya

The launch event entailed a visit to the Huduma Halisi Tent, a theme song and a brief about the Campaign

Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, launched the Huduma Halisi Public Service Campaign at the Ndumberi Grounds, Kiambu County. The event was organized as part of a wider Ministry of Public Services, Youth and Gender Affairs Outreach Programme. In his address, the Head of State said, “The Huduma Halisi Campaign will celebrate individuals and…

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Executive Secretary leads Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in marking International Day of Persons with Disabilities

More than 1 billion people in the world live with some form of disability

The Economic Commission for Africa’s management is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities have the right support to access all services, technologies and systems at the institution and that their rights are fully realized, Executive Secretary Vera Songwe said Monday. Speaking at an event to mark the United Nations…

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Private Sector urged to invest in Africa’s Transboundary Infrastructure Projects

Economic Commission for Africa's (ECA) Adeyemi assured potential investors that “your money is safe”

A senior adviser on regional integration and trade at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Adeyinka Adeyemi, has assured private sector investors that dependable mechanisms have been established to facilitate and safeguard investment in transboundary projects across Africa. “I am pleased to inform you that we now have…

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Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) Week ends with calls on Africa to accelerate implementation of game-changing infrastructure projects

The meeting also noted the need to increase projects under construction from the current 32 to 50 percent if Africa is to achieve its developmental aspirations

Accelerating solutions to Africa’s infrastructure gaps must be taken seriously if Africa is to realise the aspirations of its people as enshrined in the continent’s blueprint for development, Agenda 2063 and the global agenda for sustainable development. This was the conclusion by Ministers and delegates attending the fourth Programme for…

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Africa’s Protocol on the Free Movement of People under spotlight at East African Community (ECA) meeting

Countries were encouraged to reflect on how they could balance free movement of persons with protectionism

Africa needs a major mindset change so it can tear down the physical and mental borders imposed during colonial times so citizens can embrace each other for the betterment of the continent, participants at the ongoing 22nd Meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts (ICE) for Eastern Africa agreed Wednesday.…

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East African countries agree to strenghten regional integration through the continental free trade area

49 African countries have signed the agreement establishing the continental free trade area, but only 12 countries so far have ratified it, and 22 ratifications are needed by March 2019 to enable it enter into force

Representatives of 14 countries in East Africa have agreed that the African Continental Free Trade Area, the AfCFTA, represents a unique opportunity to promote regional integration. At the closing session of the three day regional meeting held this week in Kigali, Rwanda, economic experts and decision makers stressed that the…

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Regional cooperation in East Africa set to tackle energy insecurity

Due to over reliance on fossil fuels and a lack of refining capacity, petroleum imports amount to as much as 10% of GDP in East African countries

The Energy Security Policy Framework launched today in Kigali by the East African Community in partnership with the UN Economic Commission for Africa, ECA will help East African countries to tackle the increasing energy insecurity affecting the region. “Deforestation, rising wood and charcoal prices, increasing imports of oil and gas…

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East Africa the fastest growing region in Africa, with people leading longer and healthier lives

In 2019, the region is expected to grow at 6.2%, thanks to sustained public and private investment, renewed optimisim in the Horn of Africa, and the opening up of new trade opportunities under the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA)

With an average growth rate of 6.7% between 2013 and 2017 - double the African average - East Africa is one of the fastest growing regions in the world, accompanied by rapid social improvements. Average life expectancy has increased by 5.3 years over the past decade, with some countries registering…

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Steering Committee commends the African Land Policy Centre for building synergies of partner initiatives on land governance in Africa

The Steering Committee examined progress in implementing Committee decisions and the 2018 African Land Policy Centre (ALPC) Work Plan

The second Steering Committee Meeting for the AU-ECA-AfDB African Land Policy Centre (ALPC) for 2018 was held at the African Union headquarters on 09 November 2018. Chairing the meeting, Mr. Godfrey Bahiigwa, Director of the Directorate of Rural Economy and Agriculture (DREA), AUC noted the critical role played by ALPC…

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Nigeria to Host Africa Trade Forum 2018

Through African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), industrialization will help create employment for Africa’s growing youth population, thereby improving livelihoods, access to education and health

The Africa Trade Forum 2018, hosted by Nigeria’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, and co-organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), The Rockefeller Foundation, and the African Union Commission (AUC), is set to take place on 2-3 November, 2018 in Lagos. The Forum will bring together…