World Rugby
Source: World Rugby |

New Report Highlights Global Rise in Rugby Interest in 2019

A new global study from Nielsen has recorded 877 million followers and 405 million fans of rugby union worldwide in 2019

Rising rugby interest in Africa is not limited to just South Africa, and several emerging nations, particularly Zimbabwe and Namibia, have shown impressive growth In Namibia and Zimbabwe, 50 per cent of people are interested in rugby; 23 per cent of people in Kenya are very interested in rugby In…

Source: World Trade Organization (WTO) |

Coronavirus: Members discuss intellectual property response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Discussion on a proposal submitted by India and South Africa for a temporary waiver of certain Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) obligations

At the meeting of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on 15-16 October 2020, WTO members discussed how best to use the global intellectual property (IP) system to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Members also discussed the extension of the transitional period for least developed countries (LDCs)…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan |

Emergency Grant Aid in response to the humanitarian crisis in the Province of Cabo Delgado and surrounding areas in Mozambique

The grant will help alleviate the impact of COVID-19 by supporting the health sector

On October 9, the Government of Japan decided to extend Emergency Grant Aid of four million and two hundred thousand US dollars for persons internally displaced due to deteriorating security conditions in the Province of Cabo Delgado in Mozambique and their host communities. The grant is to provide food, shelter…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan |

Coronavirus: Japan’s Response to COVID-19 for Developing countries

Japan will proactively lead international efforts in collaboration with international partners as well as through providing assistance to developing countries

In today’s society where economic activities are sustained by the global flow of people, it is important to take measures to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in cooperation with the international community. Human Security is in crisis facing the spread of infectious diseases. Japan will proactively lead international efforts…

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

Africa Offers Asian Business an Abundance of Investment Opportunities, Webinar Participants Learn

The two-hour virtual event, held in English, Korean, and Chinese, offered participants an opportunity to learn more about the Bank and its operations

The African Development Bank (https://www.AfDB.org/) today held a workshop to convey the continent’s immense investment and partnership opportunities to Asian business leaders, particularly as the continent seems poised to return to economic growth in 2021 following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The two-hour virtual event, held in English, Korean,…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan |

Emergency Assistance to Niger in Response to Flood Disaster

Decision was made to meet Niger’s humanitarian needs, upon request of Government of Niger, in light of humanitarian perspective and cordial relations between Japan and Niger

On September 18, upon a request of the Government of the Republic of Niger, the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief goods (tents, blankets, plastic sheets, portable jerry cans and water purifiers) to Niger through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in response to floods occurring in the…

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    • Figure D - Legend: Levels of trust in the national government and the medical profession were condensed into three categories: ‘a lot of trust’, ‘some or not much trust’, and ‘no trust’. In general, there was a strong sense of trust in the medical profession. Those who said they would use the vaccine displayed higher levels of trust than those who said that they would not use the vaccine
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Issues in ensuring COVID-19 vaccine compliance (By Derek Yach, MBChB, MPH, Foundation for a Smoke-Free World)

We conducted a survey in June of 2020 that addressed whether people’s willingness to use a COVID-19 vaccine and adopt other preventive healthcare measures was associated with trust

By Derek Yach, MBChB, MPH An effective COVID-19 vaccine could help us emerge from isolation and end the social distancing required during this pandemic; but it will only work if people are willing to be vaccinated [1]. We conducted a survey in June of 2020 that addressed whether people’s willingness…

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

International Organization for Migration (IOM) Inaugurates New Headquarters for National Border Police in Niger, Completing USD 3 Million Effort

Country is exposed to various security threats, such as violent extremist terrorism, cross-border crime, trafficking and smuggling, some spilling over from neighboring countries

A landlocked country in the Sahel region, the Republic of Niger is positioned at the crossroad of West, Central and North Africa. This strategic location has made the country an important corridor for both trade and migration. Due to its large territory, neighboring seven countries with over 5,600 km of land…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Coronavirus Global Response: Access to COVID-19 Tools-Accelerator Facilitation Council holds inaugural meeting

The ACT-Accelerator is the proven, up-and-running, global collaboration accelerating the development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres appeals for a quantum leap in funding for the ACT-Accelerator, a global solution to get the world moving, working and prospering again -         H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa, and H.E. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, co-chair the ACT-Acceleration Facilitation Council -        …

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The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation and Mizuho Bank Malaysia Sign US$100 million Trade Financing Deal

This Line of financing for ITFC is the first with a Japanese bank and in line with its strategy of developing partnerships with banks around the world to help extend trade financing to member countries of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)

The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) (www.ITFC-IDB.org), member of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group, signed a US$100 million Murabaha-structured line of trade finance with Mizuho Bank in Malaysia, a subsidiary of Mizuho Bank Japan. This financing will help ITFC extend its support to the member countries under its…