Source: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) |

Experts Review New United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Report on Role of Cities in Domestic Resource Mobilization

The report argues that African cities are yet to tap into revenue opportunities that rapid urbanization offers and proposes a framework for consideration

Senior government officials and experts are gathered in Addis Ababa for an Economic Commission for Africa Expert Group Meeting to review the ECA’s new report on the State of Urbanization in Africa: The Role of Cities in Domestic Resource Mobilization. The two-day review meeting is being led by the Urbanization…

Source: The Embassy of India, Ethiopia |

Gifting of Medicines to Ethiopia

The handing over ceremony was held at the premises of the Embassy of India and was attended by officials of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health, other dignitaries and media persons

On behalf of the Government and people of India, Ambassador of India to Ethiopia and the African Union H.E. Anurag Srivastava handed over a consignment of medicines worth US$2 million to the Government of Ethiopia on 13th November 2019. H.E. Dr. Lia Tadesse Gebremedhin, State Minister of Health, while accepting the consignment…

African Energy Chamber
Source: African Energy Chamber |

Demonizing Oil and Gas companies is not a constructive way forward on energy transition. Africa will push for “the Right to Drill”

African nations must and will take advantage of their hydrocarbon resources for economic development. Environmental sustainability is a part of it, not an impediment

In an article written for the Guardian newspaper this week, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa argued for an Apartheid-style boycott on coal, oil and gas companies as a solution to fight climate change and help ensure global environmental sustainability goals. “We must stop climate change.…

Source: Embassy of The Kingdom of Bahrain - Cairo, Egypt |

Grand Imam of Al Azhar Al Sharif receives Bahraini Ambassador to Egypt

During the meeting, the Grand Imam hailed the relations between Al-Azhar and the Kingdom of Bahrain as always characterized by depth and tenacity

Grand Imam of Al Azhar Al Sharif Dr. Ahmed Al Tayyib received Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to Egypt, Permanent Representative to the Arab League and Dean of the Arab Diplomatic Corps, Shaikh Rashid bin Abdul Rahman bin Rashid Al Khalifa, on the occasion of the end of his…

African Union of Housing Finance (AUHF)
Source: African Union of Housing Finance (AUHF) |

African Union for Housing Finance (AUHF) Cape Town Declaration provides 5 Point Plan for African Governments to address housing Finance Shortage

The most critical issue facing housing markets worldwide, whether in established or emerging markets, is housing affordability

Following the successful completion of their 35th Annual Conference, the members of the African Union for Housing Finance (AUHF.co.za) together agreed on a Cape Town Declaration on Housing Finance, at their Annual General Meeting on 6 November 2019.  The 35 active AUHF members expressed their commitment to realising housing affordability across the…

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Merck Foundation marks “World Diabetes Day 2019” in partnership with African First Ladies and Ministries of Health to increase the Diabetes experts nationwide

Merck Foundation to provide One and two Year on-line Post-graduate Diabetes Diploma and Masters from South Wales University for more than 180 doctors from 34 countries in Africa and Asia

Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany marked ‘World Diabetes Day 2019’ by building diabetes care capacity in Africa and Asia. Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation explained, “We strongly believe that starting the “Merck Nationwide Diabetes Blue Points Project” is the right strategy to ensure…

Source: Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs |

Norway Increases Support for Sexuality Education in Developing Countries

The NOK 75 million in funding will be disbursed during the period 2019–2021 and will be used to support the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) work

‘Girls and boys need knowledge about their bodies, relationships and living together as well as about health and rights if they are to make good choices and develop positive relationships. This is why Norway is increasing funding for comprehensive sexuality education by NOK 75 million,’ said Minister of International Development…

Source: Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Ethiopia |

The National Independence Day at the Polish Embassy

Ambassador Aleksander Kropiwnicki congratulated everyone on the Independence Day

A reception for the Polish community was held on November 12th, 2019 at Ambassador’s residence. It gathered Poles working for international institutions, missionaries, entrepreneurs and artists. Ambassador Aleksander Kropiwnicki congratulated everyone on the Independence Day. “While celebrating the anniversary of the regaining of Poland’s independence, let me relate to other…

Source: European Investment Bank (EIB) |

European support to rehabilitate Malawi transport network confirmed: EUR 139m

Works to reduce transport costs, cut travel time and facilitate export

European institutions provide a EUR 139 million contribution towards the rehabilitation of over 347 km of the M1 road; EUR 95.5 million EIB loan combined with EUR 43.1 million European Union grant, to support EUR 191 million total investment; works to reduce transport costs, cut travel time and facilitate export;…

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Highest ranking U.S. official on energy visits Southern Africa

While in Namibia Assistant Secretary Fannon engaged with the government to strengthen government-to-government relationships on mines and energy and also met with business leaders

Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR) Francis R. Fannon visited Sub-Saharan Africa from November 2 to 9, 2019, including South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana.  While in Namibia Assistant Secretary Fannon engaged with the government to strengthen government-to-government relationships on mines and energy and also met…