Source: Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) |

Islamic Finance Development Indicator (IFDI) 2019 witnesses shifting dynamics in Islamic finance

Developed markets continue to revise Islamic finance regulations and frameworks

Islamic finance assets grow 3 percent in 2018 to US$ 2.5 trillion; the Sukuk asset class continues strong growth, rising 10 percent in 2018 to US$ 470 billion; developed markets continue to revise Islamic finance regulations and frameworks; Islamic FinTech gained pace with the issuance of blockchain-based micro-Sukuk and a…

African Energy Chamber
Source: African Energy Chamber |

Making Our Own Luck: What Africa’s Future Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Producers Can Learn from Qatar in the Era of Billions At Play (By NJ Ayuk)

Qatar learned that it possessed truly huge reserves of natural gas in 1971, when Royal Dutch/Shell discovered the North Dome structure, also known as the North field

By NJ Ayuk As I got into the process of writing my recent book Billions At Play, The future of African Energy and doing deal, the story of Qatar intrigued me. Its success is contagious and African LNG producers can learn from this country. Qatar learned that it possessed truly…

Source: Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) |

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Safety Advisory: Journalist targets of Pegasus spyware

The spyware gives the attacker the ability to monitor, record, and collect existing and future data from the phone

Pegasus is a spyware created for mobile devices which transforms a cellphone into a mobile surveillance station. Researchers have documented it being used to spy on journalists. This raises significant implications for journalists’ own security and that of their sources. In 2018, Citizen Lab said it had detected Pegasus in over 45 countries.…

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

International Organization for Migration (IOM): USD 54 Million Needed to Assist 113,000 Vulnerable Migrants in Horn of Africa, Yemen

Approximately five per cent of all migrant arrivals into Yemen tracked by IOM in the first six months of 2019 are unaccompanied or separated children

An estimated 113,000 vulnerable migrants are in transit or stranded in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia and Yemen in need of life-saving assistance, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said today.  “Migrants undertaking these journeys do so in search of a better life for themselves and their families,” said Mohammed Abdiker, IOM’s Regional Director for the…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia provides dates to support school feeding in South Sudan

What: Handover ceremony Who: Hon. Deng Deng Hoc Yai, Minister of Education and General Instruction           Mary-ellen Mc Groarty, WFP Acting Representative           H.E Ali Hassan Jaafar, Ambassador of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to South Sudan and Sudan When: Wednesday, 6 November 2019 from 10:00 Hrs – 12:00 Hrs (Pick-up time is…

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC)
Source: PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) |

Africa’s oil & gas industry poised for further growth in the wake of new resource finds, technological advances and improved governance – PwC Africa oil & gas review

PwC’s Africa oil & gas review, 2019 analyses what has happened in the last 12 months in the oil & gas industry within the major and emerging African markets

The global energy market is in an exciting phase of transition and disruption. Breakthrough technologies are unlocking significant new reserves, processing, transportation and downstream uses that were previously unviable, unknown or inaccessible. Decarbonisation driven by the environmental sustainability agenda is shifting the energy mix at an accelerating pace, which is…

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Saudi Arabia launch an International Forum on Innovation for Agri-Food Systems to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

The forum seeks to produce knowledge and facts about applicable innovations in agriculture and food systems and rural development in the Near East and North Africa region and in the world

In cooperation with the Regional Office of the food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture will launch the International Forum on Innovation for Agri-Food Systems to achieve the SDGs in Riyadh 15-17 March 2020. The forum will serve as a…

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

Ethiopian Migrants' Decision-Making is Focus of New Research in Djibouti

The research is structured along two phases: quantitative and qualitative, to ensure a deeper understanding of the dynamics under investigation

Sixteen-year-old Zinatou says learning difficulties forced her to drop out of school in Ethiopia. She soon set her sights on reaching Saudi Arabia through Obock, a coastal village in neighbouring Djibouti. “I just followed a group of friends who decided to migrate,” she says. “My family was not aware of…

Source: Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) |

Disease outbreaks in Sudan: Dengue Fever, Rift Valley Fever and Chikungunya

Government authorities and humanitarian partners are actively responding to these outbreaks across the country

Over the past couple of months, Sudan has been facing numerous disease outbreaks including Cholera, Dengue Fever, Rift Valley Fever (RVF) and Chikungunya. Dengue Fever, RVF and Chikungunya are vector-borne diseases while Cholera is waterborne. The increase of these outbreaks can be linked to the recent floods in the country…

Source: Africa Regional Media Hub |

Friends of Sudan Supports the Planned Reforms of Sudan’s Economy

Sudan’s partners pledged to support proposed quick impact projects and begin a review of potential mid to longer term reforms that the Friends of Sudan could support

Under Secretary David Hale provided opening remarks and Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Tibor Nagy chaired the fourth meeting of the Friends of Sudan in Washington, D.C., on October 21. Sudanese Finance Minister Ibrahim Elbadawi joined representatives from Egypt, France, Germany, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Norway, Qatar, the United…