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USD $1.5 million results-based grants for solar home system companies launched in Malawi to increase energy access

The USAID Southern Africa Energy Program, a is a five-year, 11 country program funded by USAID in support of the U.S. Government-led Power Africa initiative

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in support of the U.S. Government-led Power Africa initiative, launched a “Solar Home System Kick-Starter Program for Malawi” to expand energy access in the country via solar home systems (SHS). Power Africa will commit USD $5 million of support to the program,…

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Visit of Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale to Cote d’Ivoire

Under Secretary Hale met with U.S. companies in Cote d’Ivoire to discuss strengthening U.S. investment and economic growth

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale visited Cote d’Ivoire on February 11, 2019. During his visit, he met with Vice President Duncan to discuss inclusive democracy and shared prosperity between both countries. He also stressed the importance of peaceful participation in Cote d’Ivoire elections in 2020.  Under…

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

Climate research should inform development policies in Africa

The 2018-2022 strategic plan further focuses on four structural goals aimed at improving research capacity in Africa as an ingredient for achieving sustainable development

In a meeting held on the 14-15 February in Entebbe, Uganda, members of the Climate Research for Development (CR4D) Institutional Collaboration Platform (ICP) unanimously adopted the CR4D five-year strategic plan. The participants further resolved to implement the strategy that emphasizes three climate research priority areas of science, practice and policy, strategies to…

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Annual Africa Shared Value Summit to be held in Nairobi

This year's Africa Shared Value Summit will be held in Nairobi, Kenya on the 23rd and 24th of May 2019 at the Radisson Blu Hotel

Among the keynote speakers this year is American co-author of the seminal Harvard Business Review article 'Creating Shared Value', co-founder and managing director of FSG, and a director of the US-based Shared Value Initiative, Mark Kramer. Kramer is an economist by training and a Shared Value pioneer who has authored…

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The first meeting of the European Union (EU) – Southern African Development Community (SADC) Economic Partnership agreement Joint Council took place in Cape Town

Amongst other issues the Council discussed the implementation of the agreement, the possibilities to facilitate customs procedures, to promote trade and to reduce the application of non-tariff barriers

On 19 February Ambassador Sigutė Jakštonytė participated at the first European Union (EU) – Southern African Development Community (SADC) Economic Partnership Agreement Joint Council meeting that took place in Cape Town. Amongst other issues the Council discussed the implementation of the agreement, the possibilities to facilitate customs procedures, to promote…

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Digital publisher Quartz taps African Development Bank Vice President Dr. Jennifer Blanke as a “Quartz Pro” Contributor

Quartz Pros are featured in Quartz’s recently launched app aimed at civil discussion by smart people about the news

Quartz (www.QZ.com), the digital journalism platform focusing on the global economy, has selected African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) Vice President Dr. Jennifer Blanke as a “Quartz Pro” contributor. Quartz Pros are featured in Quartz’s recently launched app aimed at civil discussion by smart people about the news. Blanke, an economist responsible for the…

Source: Delegation of the European Union to Zambia and COMESA |

Speech of Ambassador Mariani at the Signing Ceremony of the FA for the Regional Enterprise Competitiveness and Access to Markets Programme, 18/02/2019

The European Union has committed EUR 10 Million for this programme

H.E. Ms Chileshe Mpundu Kapwepwe, COMESA Secretary General, The COMESA Assistant Secretary General for Programmes, Ambassador Kipyego Cheluget, The COMESA Assistant Secretary General for Finance & Administration Dr Dev Haman – Ambassadors from EU Member States; COMESA colleagues; colleagues from the EU Delegation; Colleagues from the media; Distinguished ladies and gentlemen I am delighted to participate this morning…

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Ethiopia and Djibouti’s renewed resolve for cooperation and economic integration

The 15th Djibouti-Ethiopian Joint Ministerial Commission meeting was held at the end of last month (January 30-31) in Djibouti

The meeting was held in a spirit of brotherhood that reflected the excellent relations between the two countries. At the same time, it also provided a unique platform for both countries, to serve as a venue for the determination of both governments to demonstrate a renewed resolution to continue to…

Source: Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, London, UK |

An European Union (EU) road project in Eritrea

The new project will be financed through the EU Trust Fund for Africa and through the United Nation's Office for Project Services

EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica visited Eritrea at the end of last week, launching an initial €20 million project for road connections between the Ethiopian border and Eritrean ports. During his visit, Commissioner Mimica met President Isaias to explore ways for the EU and Eritrea to…

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Countries urged to ratify labour conventions

To mark its Centenary the International Labour Organization is calling on governments to ratify at least one international labour standard in 2019

Since its founding in 1919, ILO international labour standards have improved the working lives of millions of people. From eliminating forced and child labour to ensuring the rights of seafarers and promoting gender equality, the 189 Conventions and 205 Recommendations adopted by member States during the last 100 years have formed the bedrock of…