Source: South African Government |

Coronavirus - South Africa: Minister Blade Nzimande on funding awards to South Africa Coronavirus COVID-19 testing ability

Department of Science and Innovation ramp up funding awards to South Africa COVID-19 Testing Ability

The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), a DSI entity made seven funding awards to local companies, organisations and researchers in order to ramp up the country's ability to produce locally developed reagents and test kits for…

Source: African Union (AU) |

Coronavirus - Africa: Guidance on Environmental decontamination in the context of COVID-19

Scope: This guidance details basic decontamination principles and procedures that should be followed to decontaminate the physical environment in the context of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Surface contamination and transmission risk all differ by the type of setting and the volume of people that frequent each setting (e.g. healthcare…

Source: Commonwealth Secretariat |

Coronavirus - World Ocean Day: Post-COVID recovery should lock in ocean sustainability, says Commonwealth Secretary-General

Secretary-General Patricia Scotland calls on countries to reform development strategies in a way that supports vibrant and sustainable blue and green economies

The Commonwealth Secretary-General is urging governments to ensure their countries’ post-COVID economic recoveries are environmentally sustainable and safe for the ocean. Forty-seven of the Commonwealth’s 54 member countries have a coastline while 25 are either small island developing states or ‘big ocean states’ relying heavily on the ocean for food and income. On World…

African Energy Chamber
Source: African Energy Chamber |

Equatorial Guinea awards Contract to American Company Nexant for Methanol-to-Derivatives Plant

The project is part of the Year of Investment and was previously agreed during a meeting last January

The Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons (MMH) of Equatorial Guinea, in collaboration with the Atlantic Methanol Production Company (AMPCO), awarded American company Nexant the feasibility study for the construction of a new formaldehyde production plant in Punta Europa. The project is part of the Year of Investment and was previously…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

Mitigating COVID-19’s impact on Africa’s food systems (By Atsuko Toda and Martin Fregene)

The global spread of COVID-19 and the rising number of coronavirus cases in Africa are fueling anxiety about negative economic growth, failing healthcare and collapsing food systems

By Atsuko Toda and Martin Fregene We are facing great uncertainty on the African continent. The global spread of COVID-19 and the rising number of coronavirus cases in Africa are fueling anxiety about negative economic growth, failing healthcare and collapsing food systems. We are already grappling with a locust outbreak…

African Energy Chamber
Source: African Energy Chamber |

COVID-19 and the Price War: Why now could be a good time for U.S. Independent Oil and Gas Producers to consider opportunities in Africa (By NJ Ayuk)

Africa’s rich resources still represent opportunity, including a wealth of natural gas waiting to be discovered

By NJ Ayuk It isn’t breaking news that the world is currently on “lock-down mode.” Around the globe, the COVID-19 pandemic has made conditions dire and triggered global economic shutdowns. For the oil and gas market, it has been an especially trying time. As our global society battles the virus,…

Source: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) |

Coronavirus - East Africa: Farmers face a new outbreak of locusts even as world battles COVID-19

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) fears that the new swarms could spark widespread crop loss and deepen already serious levels of food insecurity

As the world battles COVID-19, farmers in East Africa are facing another devastating outbreak: swarms of desert locusts. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) fears that the new swarms could spark widespread crop loss and deepen already serious levels of food insecurity, especially in places reeling from conflict…

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

Coronavirus - Africa: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) continues to fight Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa and Yemen despite COVID-19 constraints

More than 240,000 hectares treated and 740 personnel trained in affected countries since January 2020

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN is continuing its efforts to contain the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa despite restrictions on the movement of personnel and equipment resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Desert Locust upsurge continues to remain alarming, particularly in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, where…

African Development Bank Group (AfDB)
Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism launches $2.2 mill project in Nigeria to boost fertilizer supply to 200,000 farmers

The trade credit guarantee project is AFFM’s first in the West African nation and will involve 10 fertilizer suppliers, 12 hub agro-dealers and 120 retail agro-dealers

The Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism (AFFM) has kick-started a $2.2 million project to provide fertilizer suppliers in Nigeria with financial support to improve supply for 200,000 smallholder farmers. The trade credit guarantee project is AFFM’s first in the West African nation and will involve 10 fertilizer suppliers, 12 hub agro-dealers…

Source: Deutsche Post DHL |

DHL Global Forwarding forms Arabian Cluster to focus on Growth Prospects in the Region

Industry veteran, Firas Sukkar takes on role of Country Manager in Kuwait

Expands presence to Saudi Arabia; team to be led by DHL (https://www.DHL.com) veteran, Sue Donoghue; Industry veteran, Firas Sukkar takes on role of Country Manager in Kuwait. DHL Global Forwarding, the leading international provider of air, sea and road freight services, has formed an Arabian Cluster (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait…