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    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation with H.E. CLAR MARIE WEAH, The First Lady of Liberia and H.E. PROF. GERTRUDE MUTHARIKA, The First Lady of Malawi
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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…

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European Investment Bank Expands Trade & Investment Insurance Benefits to West Africa

Agreements for intended financing signed at African Investment Forum

European Investment Bank supports expanded membership of Africa Trade Insurance Agency (http://www.ATI-ACA.org/); Availability of investment insurance to strengthen investment and reduce project financing costs; Agreements for intended financing signed at African Investment Forum. The European Investment Bank today formally agreed to support the membership expansion of the African Trade Insurance…

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Orange and itel launch the 4G version of Sanza to generalise mobile internet access in Africa

From December 2019, this mobile phone with voice recognition functionalities will be on offer for around 28 US dollars in seven countries in Africa and the Middle-East

At the AfricaCom international congress, Orange (Orange.com) is partnering with itel (itel-mobile.com), the leading mobile brand in Africa and, once again, with KaiOS Technologies, maker of the leading operating system for smart feature phone KaiOS, to launch a new 4G version of the Sanza Phone, “Sanza XL”. From December 2019,…

Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF)
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    • (L-R) Tech Entrepreneur Award winner, Caroline Corbett from SmartBlade (South Africa), Lamia Housni, Head of P-Curiosity Lab at UM6P, OCP Group in Morocco, sponsors of Tech Entrepreneur category
    • AWIEF Founder & CEO, Irene Ochem
    • (L-R) Agri Entrepreneur Award Winner, Caroline Pomeyie from ProFish (Ghana), Category Runners-up: Affiong Williams from ReelFruit (Nigeria), and Evelyn Namara from Vouch Digital (Uganda). Category sponsor - Technical Centre for Agricultural & Rural Cooperation (CTA-EU)
    • (L-R) Creative Industry Award Winner Genet Kebede from Paradise Fashion (Ethiopia), Arunma Oteh, Oxford University Academic Scholar, former Vice President & Treasurer of the World Bank - who handed over the awards, and runner-up Abby Ikomi, House of Irawo (Nigeria)
    • (L-R) Social Entrepreneur Award runner-up: Laurence Esteve, Zip Zap Circus School (South Africa), Winner Sizani Ngubane, Rural Women’s Movement (South Africa) and Nevine Ahmed Abdelkhalek, Vice President of Engineering Consultants Group, Founder & Manager University to Work, Chairperson Egyptian Businessmen Association’s Sustainable Development Committee - She handed over the award
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Africa women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) Awards celebrate women entrepreneurs in Africa

Twenty-two women founders and entrepreneurs were selected as finalists, from 10 different African countries, across eight different categories

The Africa women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum annual AWIEF Awards (www.AWIEForum.org), held on October 30, 2019, honoured and celebrated the achievements of women entrepreneurs and innovators across the African continent. Twenty-two women founders and entrepreneurs were selected as finalists, from 10 different African countries, across eight different categories. The 2019 AWIEF…

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Zambian technocrats set for more accountability in development planning

Participants were also introduced to a number of statistical methodologies and packages as well as toolkits for strengthening accountability in planning

Delegates at the just-ended workshop say they have gained insights into ways of optimising their work by routing key accountability factors into Zambia’s development planning processes. The eight-day training programme, which was held in Lusaka and co-organized by United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and Ministry of National Development…

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U.S. commitment to Cameroon remains strong despite change in African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) status

The President can reinstate Cameroon as a beneficiary of AGOA when it again meets the criteria

Today, President Donald Trump notified the Government of the Republic of Cameroon of his intent to terminate Cameroon’s trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) as of January 1, 2020.  Under U.S. law, countries receiving AGOA benefits are subject to regular reviews to assess criteria set out…

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Ugandan Journalist Nila Yasmin wins the 2019 APO Group African Women in Media Award

She will be bestowed with a USD 2,500 cash prize, an all-expenses paid trip to a prestigious International Women’s Forum, and online courses from one of the most respected international universities

APO Group (APO-opa.com), the leading Pan-African communications consultancy and press release distribution service in Africa and the Middle East, have announced Ugandan journalist Nila Yasmin as the winner of the inaugural APO Group African Women in Media Award which recognises, celebrates and empowers African women journalists who support female entrepreneurship…

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    • (L-R) H.E. SAMIRA BAWUMIA, The Second Lady of Ghana; H.E. DENISE NKURUNZIZA, The First Lady of Burundi; H.E. BRIGITTE TOUADERA, The First Lady of Central Africa Republic; H.E. HINDA DEBY ITNO, The First Lady of Chad; H.E. CLAR WEAH, The First Lady of Liberia; H.E. GERTRUDE MUTHARIKA, The First Lady of Malawi; Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board and Family Board of E-Merck KG; H.E. NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO, The President of Ghana; H.E. MADAM REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO, The First Lady of Ghana; DR. RASHA KELEJ, CEO, Merck Foundation; H.E. FATIMA MAADA BIO, The First Lady of Sierra Leone; H.E. AISHA BUHARI, The First Lady of Nigeria; H.E. AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA, The First Lady of Zimbabwe; H.E. ESTHER LUNGU, The First Lady of Zambia during the 6th Edition of Merck Africa Asia Luminary
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President of Ghana, H.E. NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO inaugurates Merck Foundation “Merck Africa Asia Luminary” to build Healthcare capacity in Africa and Asia

More than 1000 healthcare providers, policy makers and academia from 50 countries benefited from the Luminary

Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board and Family Board of E-Merck KG inaugurated Merck Africa Asia Luminary in Ghana; The 6th Edition of “Merck Africa Asia Luminary” co-chaired by H.E. MADAM REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO, The First Lady of Ghana and Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation (http://www.Merck-Foundation.com); African…

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Rotary provides millions in polio funding as wild poliovirus type 3 is eradicated

US$50 million will impact over 38 million children as the program reaches two key milestones: wild poliovirus type 3 eradication and Africa reaching three years with no wild poliovirus transmission

Rotary (Rotary.org) is giving US$50 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio. The funding will provide surveillance, technical assistance, and operational support for immunization activities, and will reach up to 38.4 million children with polio immunizations. The funding comes on the heels of the announcement that…

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Street Art for Social Cohesion in Niger’s Transit Centres

The event supported 15 participatory painting sessions, attended by more than 1,000 people

This week, a month-long street art project in the Nigerien cities of Niamey and Agadez concluded under the direction of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and its partner Street Art Sans Frontière. The event supported 15 participatory painting sessions, attended by more than 1,000 people. “Through this workshop, the…