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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Concludes Visit to Lesotho

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team, led by Mr. Joseph Thornton, IMF Mission Chief for Lesotho, visited Maseru during November 6-13, 2019

Lesotho continues to face challenges in adjusting to lower Southern African Customs Union (SACU) revenue; Restraining current spending and effective expenditure controls will be essential to maintain a sustainable fiscal position; Public investment should be carefully vetted and ensure progress in key development priorities. An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team,…

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New Internet Exchange Point in Democratic Republic of Congo to bring faster and more reliable Internet access to region

Currently, Internet traffic in Lumbumbashi, the second largest city in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is exchanged outside the region and in many cases, outside the country

The Internet Society (InternetSociety.org), a global non-profit organization dedicated to the open development, evolution and use of the Internet and the Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) (ISPA-DRC.cd) launched a new Internet Exchange Point (IXP) in Lubumbashi that will bring faster and more reliable…

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As Climate Shocks Intensify, UN Food Agencies Urge More Support For Southern Africa’s Hungry People

The UN food agencies are escalating their responses across the nine countries

A record 45 million people across the 16-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) will be severely food insecure in the next six months, United Nations food agencies have warned.   The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) are…

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President of Ghana, H.E. NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO inaugurates Merck Foundation “Merck Africa Asia Luminary” to build Healthcare capacity in Africa and Asia

More than 1000 healthcare providers, policy makers and academia from 50 countries benefited from the Luminary

Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board and Family Board of E-Merck KG inaugurated Merck Africa Asia Luminary in Ghana; The 6th Edition of “Merck Africa Asia Luminary” co-chaired by H.E. MADAM REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO, The First Lady of Ghana and Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation (http://www.Merck-Foundation.com); African…

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Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) announces keynote speakers for 2019 Conference

UNECA, World Bank, USAID, CTA, Shell, Nedbank, APO Group to headline AWIEF’s 5th flagship event

The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) (www.AWIEForum.org) has announced the keynote speakers for its prestigious annual conference taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), 29-30 October 2019 for the advancement of women in Africa as innovators and entrepreneurs. AWIEF, which this year celebrates the 5th…

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Merck Foundation provides their first ‘Health Media Training’ in partnership with the First Lady of the Kingdom of Lesotho

Merck Foundation partners with The First Lady of the Kingdom of Lesotho to underscore their commitment to build healthcare capacity in the country

Merck Foundation (Merck-Foundation.com) Calls for Applications for Media Recognition Awards to break infertility stigma; Merck Foundation partners with The First Lady of the Kingdom of Lesotho to underscore their commitment to build healthcare capacity in the country Merck Foundation the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany organized their first “Merck Foundation Health…

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Lesotho National Day

The United States wishes all the people of Lesotho a peaceful and prosperous year ahead

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary Of State On behalf of the United States of America, I send warm wishes to the people of the Kingdom of Lesotho on your 53rd Independence Day. Our countries share a strong partnership and an even stronger friendship.  Through longstanding initiatives like AGOA and PEPFAR, Lesotho…

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Africa Oil & Power is the official meeting place for Africa’s National Oil Companies

The three-day Africa Oil & Power (AOP) conference will facilitate key discussions on how and why the energy sector should be at the center of Africa’s economic growth plans

National oil and utility companies of Equatorial Guinea, Algeria, South Sudan, Senegal, South Africa, Lesotho and Guinea will gather at the 2019 Africa Oil & Power (AOP) (https://AfricaOilandPower.com) conference and exhibition; South Africa’s biggest energy organizations including CEF Group of companies, Sasol, IPP Office and the Department of Mineral Resources…

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Japan to provide food assistance to 180,000 primary school learners in Lesotho

The ceremony was attended by the Minister-Counsellor of the Embassy of Japan in Pretoria, Mr. Shuichiro Kawaguchi.

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes the Japanese Government contribution of JPY200,000,000 (equivalent to about US$ 1,860,000) that will enable WFP to strengthen food assistance to some 180,000 primary school children, through the Government of Lesotho’s national school feeding programme. A ceremony was held today at the Ministry…

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UN, African Development Bank High-Level Meeting calls for Speed and Action on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The leaders called for additional resources to drive the urgent task of Africa's development

With an estimated 390 million people living in extreme poverty, hunger and food insecurity, Africa is in a race against time to deliver on its regional and global development goals. On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Sunday, African heads of states and governments met to emphasize urgent collective…