Source: European Investment Bank (EIB) |

Coronavirus - Joint action against malaria: European Investment Bank, European Commission and Investitionsbank Berlin inaugurate €70 million fund

This preventable and curable disease continues to claim the lives of more than 400 000 people each year, largely in Africa

EU Malaria Fund closes with an initial €70 million to support scientifically promising projects not yet pursued by the pharmaceutical industry; the fund is backed by InnovFin EU and the European Fund for Strategic Investments, joint initiatives of the EIB and the European Commission; first fund investment: €24.8 million for…

Source: Global Affairs Canada |

Coronavirus - Africa: Statement on Protecting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Promoting Gender-Responsiveness in the COVID-19 Crisis

Around the world, the pandemic is having a devastating impact on health systems, economies and the lives, livelihood and wellbeing of all, particularly older people

We, the Ministers of South Africa, Sweden, Argentina, Australia, Albania, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cabo Verde, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Fiji, France, Germany, Greece, Guinea, Italy, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Namibia, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, are…

Source: British Embassy Mogadishu |

Coronavirus - Somalia: Joint statement on reconciliation processes in Jubaland

International partners signed a joint statement welcoming the dialogue between the Jubaland administration and the leadership of the Jubaland Council for Change

The below statement was signed by United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, United States and the United Nations. "We, the undersigned international partners welcome the dialogue between the Jubaland administration and the leadership of the Jubaland Council for Change which…

Source: African Energy Chamber |

OPEC still has an important role to play in Global Oil Market (By Sebastian Wagner)

OPEC has been at the center of one of the biggest stories of 2020 aside from COVID-19

By Sebastian Wagner Scan Western news about OPEC from the last few years, and a common observation tends to appear: OPEC had a huge influence on the global oil market back in the day. Now, in the shale oil era, not so much. I would argue that OPEC can safely…

Source: African Energy Chamber |

African Energy Chamber urges Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to reach a deal on ending Oil Prices War

The situation in Africa’s oil economies is dire and the continent needs a deal to ensure the continuity and survival of its industry

OPEC and OPEC+ are set to meet in Vienna on Thursday, April 9th, to try to reach a deal on ending the current oil prices war. Since OPEC failed to reach a deal on maintaining production cuts last March, major oil producers have been ramping up production to maintain and…

Source: Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) |

COVID-19 Scientific and Public Health Policy Update – (March 24, 2020)

African countries have imposed tighter travel and public health policies such as full border closures

In addition to our weekly brief on the spread of COVID-19 and the actions that Africa CDC is taking to help member states, Africa CDC has begun to share a weekly brief detailing the latest changes in scientific knowledge and public health policy changes, as well as updates to the…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

Seychelles: African Development Bank Supports Blue Economy with $800k Fund for African Private Sector Assistance (FAPA) grant

The country’s Blue Economy Strategic Policy and Road map prioritizes the development of new and emerging maritime sectors

The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) has signed an $800,000 grant agreement with the government of Seychelles to support micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in its Blue Economy sector.  The package will help Seychelles develop its marine biotechnology sector, strengthen the capacity of public institutions and private operators, create a…

Source: Embassy of France in Gaborone, Botswana |

COVID-19: Last Minute

Latest measures taken by the authorities of Botswana

The Botswana authorities have announced several measures to address the crisis: • Travellers from "high-risk" countries (China, Japan, South Korea, Iran, the United States, the United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and India) are banned from entering Botswana; • Botswana citizens and…

Source: United Nations Information Service Vienna (UNIS) |

Permanent Representative of Kenya presents credentials

Mr. Githae holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and an Honorary Doctorate degree by the Commonwealth University

The new Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations (Vienna), Robinson Njeru Githae, presented his credentials today to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), Ghada Waly. During his career, Mr. Githae, who is also Ambassador to Austria, has served in various capacities, among them: Ambassador to…

African Energy Chamber
Source: African Energy Chamber |

Africa’s life after OPEC+ (By NJ Ayuk)

Underneath the panic caused by Coronavirus and the fall out of OPEC+ lies opportunity for African oil producers

By NJ Ayuk Sometimes it is easy to forget how interconnected human lives across the globe have become. Perhaps we no longer talk as much about globalization as we used to in the 1990s because it is no longer an issue to be discussed or protested against, it is simply…