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World food prices jump in November

Meat and vegetable oils lead Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Food Price Index upwards, while cereal prices dip amid record output even as weather weighs in Africa

World food prices rose significantly in November, reaching their highest point in more than two years, driven by jumps in the international prices of meat products and vegetable oils. The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks monthly changes in the international prices of commonly-traded food commodities, averaged 177.2 points over…

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Cote d’ Ivoire and Liberia both Launch National Immunisation Programmes for Human-Papillomavirus (HPV)

Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women aged 15 to 44 years in Cote D’ Ivoire

MSD (www.MSD.co.za), known as Merck & Co., Inc., (NYSE: MRK) in the United States and Canada, congratulates both Cote d’ Ivoire and Liberia on the successful launch of the National Immunisation Programme (NIP) for the Human-Papillomavirus (HPV - the main cause of cervical cancer).[1] Approximately 530 000 women are diagnosed…

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African Economic Conference 2019 – Participants Converge on Sharm El Sheikh to Debate Jobs, Skills and Capacity Development for Africa’s Youth

The three-day conference, from 2-4 December, brings together researchers, youth representatives, business leaders, policymakers and media representatives from Africa and around the globe

More than 350 stakeholders are converging on Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, to participate in the 2019 African Economic Conference (AEC), with this year’s focus on jobs, skills and capacity development for Africa’s youth. The three-day conference, from 2-4 December, brings together researchers, youth representatives, business leaders, policymakers and media representatives…

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2019 conference on land policy in Africa: why it matters for the continent, by Cosmas Milton Ochieng

The theme of this year’s Conference on Land Policy in Africa is “Winning the fight against corruption in the land sector in Africa

Cosmas Milton Ochieng, an expert in natural resource governance and economic development in Africa, is the Director of the African Natural Resource Centre at the African Development Bank (https://www.AfDB.org). In collaboration with the African Union Commission and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the African Development Bank will host…

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$1 Million Awarded to African Entrepreneurs in Grand Finale of the Jack Ma Foundation Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative

The aim of the prize is to support and inspire the next generation of African entrepreneurs who are building a more sustainable and inclusive economy for the future

Last night the Jack Ma Foundation hosted its first annual Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI) (https://www.Netpreneur.Africa/) grand finale awarding $1 million in prize money to 10 entrepreneurs from across Africa. The ANPI is a flagship initiative of the Jack Ma Foundation, created by Jack Ma after his first trip to…

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Merck Foundation marks “World Diabetes Day 2019” in partnership with African First Ladies and Ministries of Health to increase the Diabetes experts nationwide

Merck Foundation to provide One and two Year on-line Post-graduate Diabetes Diploma and Masters from South Wales University for more than 180 doctors from 34 countries in Africa and Asia

Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany marked ‘World Diabetes Day 2019’ by building diabetes care capacity in Africa and Asia. Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation explained, “We strongly believe that starting the “Merck Nationwide Diabetes Blue Points Project” is the right strategy to ensure…

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Côte d'Ivoire uses Africa Oil Week to seek interest in five blocks

Since 2011, 47 exploration licences have been granted by Côte d'Ivoire including four blocks in water depths exceeding 3000 metres

Côte d'Ivoire used the showcase of Africa Oil Week  (Africa-OilWeek.com) to launch its latest offering in the oil and gas sector.  The west African nation, also known as the world’s largest producer and exporter of cocoa, released five blocks that they were seeking expressions of interest in.  “Today I have…

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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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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Reaches Staff-Level Agreement with Liberia on an Economic and Financial Program that Could be Supported Under the Extended Credit Facility

The key objectives of the program are to restore macroeconomic stability, provide a foundation for fiscally sustainable, inclusive growth, and address weaknesses in governance

The Liberian authorities and IMF staff reached a staff-level agreement on a new program subject to fulfillment of significant prior actions in the fiscal and monetary areas; The key objectives of the program are to restore macroeconomic stability, provide a foundation for fiscally sustainable, inclusive growth, and address weaknesses in…

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Increased production sees Ghana raise its hydrocarbon profile

Ghana’s oil and gas industry continues to attract key global industry players on the back of sustained investor interest

When you think of the top oil and gas nations in Africa, Ghana is not one that traditionally comes to mind, but it is one of the rising stars. In the past, Ghana has been one of the smaller oil and gas producers on the continent but that production is…