Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

Tribute: Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly (By Akinwumi A. Adesina, Président, African Development Bank)

Amadou Gon was an exemplary leader

By Akinwumi A. Adesina, Président, African Development Bank July 8 was all like every normal day, focused on work. I had no inkling there would be a storm, even though we have weathered many storms and floods in Abidjan in recent times. Like a jolting bolt of thunder, everything changed…

Source: Republic of South Africa: The Parliament |

Coronavirus – South Africa: Appropriations Committees - Ministers of Finance, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) and South African Local Government Association (SALGA) to address critical challenges in Local Government

The committees recognise the important role of local government, especially in response to challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic

As part of the processing the 2020 Division of Revenue Amendment and Adjustment Appropriations Bills, joint meetings of the Standing and Select Committees on Appropriations over the past two days have received briefings from the National Treasury (NT), the Financial and Fiscal Commission (FFC) and the South African Local Government…

Source: The World Bank Group |

Coronavirus - Nigeria: Phone Survey Data - Monitoring COVID-19 Impact on Firms and Households in Nigeria

This survey is being implemented by the National Bureau of Statistics with technical support from the World Bank

Nigeria was among the first countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to identify COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases and has since implemented strict measures to contain the spread of the virus. At the same time, oil prices plummeted by 60% following the spread of the global pandemic. As the oil sector accounts for the…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

Libya: African Development Bank grants $0.5 million emergency relief assistance for personal protective equipment (PPE) protection against COVID-19

The Bank’s funding will contribute to supporting the country’s national Response Plan for COVID-19

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) have approved a grant of $480,000 to Libya under the Special Relief Fund (SRF) for the procurement of much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) intended for treatment of cases of infection of the novel Coronavirus. The Bank’s funding will contribute to…

Source: Republic of South Africa: The Parliament |

Coronavirus - South Africa: Tourism Committee welcomes the Readjusted Budget of the Department of Tourism

Mr Supra Mahumapelo thanked the department for its commitment and effort to save the industry, while balancing pressure both from industry stakeholders and Covid-19 pandemic

The Portfolio Committee on Tourism has expressed its full support for the Department of Tourism’s efforts to reopen the tourism industry. Committee Chairperson, Mr Supra Mahumapelo, thanked the department for its commitment and effort to save the industry, while balancing the pressure both from industry stakeholders and the Covid-19 pandemic.…

Source: Republic of South Africa: The Parliament |

Coronavirus – South Africa: Communications Committee welcomes Presentation by Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) on its Adjusted Budget

National Treasury has appropriated to GCIS an additional R60 million to strengthen government communication and to raise awareness about Covid-19 pandemic

The Portfolio Committee on Communications has welcomed a presentation on the special adjustment budget for the 2020/21 financial year by the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS). The adjustment budget is presented in line with the 2020 Revised Fiscal Framework and the Adjustments Appropriation Bill, tabled by the Minister of…

Source: International Labour Organisation (ILO) |

Global leaders to address International Labour Organization (ILO) Virtual Global Summit on COVID-19 and the World of Work

Representing all regions, the leaders will address the summit via video messages

More than 50 Heads of State and government, as well as prominent global employers’ and trade union leaders are to take part in global discussions on COVID-19 and the World of Work, which be held online, 7-9 July. Representing all regions, the leaders will address the summit via video messages.…

Source: Republic of South Africa: The Parliament |

Coronavirus – South Africa: Transport Committee says Taxi Industry issues understandable and resolvable

Taxi industry concerns are loading capacity, and billion rands that had been availed as a relief mechanism for losses incurred during lockdown following Covid-19 outbreak

The Portfolio Committee on Transport believes concerns of the taxi industry will be resolved. The committee met the National Taxi Association on Tuesday. The Chairperson of the committee, Mr Mosebenzi Zwane, said open defiance of level 3 regulations had concerned the committee, and that open defiance warranted an understanding from the…

Source: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) |

Coronavirus: Madagascar Country Office - Covid-19 response

From May 17th to July 7th 2020, the growth curve in the number people testing positive decupled, reaching an exponential shape from 304 to 3250

Highlights • From May 17th to July 7th 2020, the growth curve in the number people testing positive decupled, reaching an exponential shape from 304 to 3250. Cases have been reported in 15 regions. • There are currently four regions mostly affected by the epidemic in Madagascar: Analamanga (Antananarivo), Alaotra…

Source: International Rescue Committee |

Coronavirus - Africa: Refugees are 60% more likely to be financially impacted by COVID-19, new research finds

Refugee-hosting countries will experience less growth in 2020 due to the pandemic

Refugees are more likely to work in sectors financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and refugee-hosting countries are projected to experience slower growth in 2020, new analysis released by the Center for Global Development, Refugees International, and the International Rescue Committee finds. In this analysis, authors calculated and compiled estimates…