Source: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) |

Central African countries prepare free trade product categorization

The call was made by experts from the Subregional Office for Central Africa of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)

Central African countries were recently urged to align their external trade data classification system, with the 2017 World Customs Organization’s Harmonized System (HS17) for clearly identifying products which will be categorized as ‘free,’ ‘sensitive,’ and ‘excluded,’ within the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) regime. The call was made by…

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States in Nigeria’s South West zone conclude second round of outbreak response

Initial large-scale zonal supplementary immunization activities were coordinated across all States

All six States in the South West Zone have completed the ‘2nd Outbreak Response’ (OBR2) to the circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Virus (cVDPV2) with varying degrees of success. The exercise, implemented on 15 – 24 June, was in response to confirmed reports by the Lagos State Government of environmental strains…

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“Healthwise, it was a disaster” – MSF team finds catastrophic medical situation in Libya’s Zintan and Gharyan detention centres

Hundreds of people in need of international protection and registered with UNHCR as asylum seekers or refugees have been left stranded

MSF staff who were recently granted access to two detention centres in Libya found a catastrophic medical situation amongst the people detained there. The situation in Zintan and Gharyan detention centres, located south of Tripoli in the Nafusa Mountains, is consistent with reports, later confirmed by UN agencies, that at…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

131 refugees evacuated out of Libya to Niger, amidst ongoing conflict in Tripoli

With this evacuation, UNHCR has assisted 1,297 vulnerable refugees out of Libya in 2019, including 711 to Niger, 295 to Italy, and 291 who have been resettled to Europe and Canada

A group of 131 refugees were evacuated last night out of Libya to the Emergency Transit Mechanism (ETM) in Niger, run by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. The evacuees were from Eritrea, Somalia and Sudan, and included 65 children under the age of eighteen. Some of the group were previously…

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

Alone in Libya : Children Returning to Burkina Faso Assisted by IOM

IOM organized events and activities on 16 June bringing together 300 host community children and those of returned migrants

Since the 2017 launch of the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration, IOM Burkina Faso has assisted with the voluntary return of 60 migrant children under 18 years of age from among 1,681 Burkinabe returnees, the clear majority of whom returned from Libya. The effort is funded by…

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

Entertainment, Social Cohesion, Tailored Assistance for Migrant Children in Niger

The festival will take place between 21-24 June in Niamey and will bring together artists from Benin, Togo, Guinea-Conakry and Spain

Marking the International Day of the African Child this past Sunday (16/06) in Niamey, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) organized an afternoon of dance, acrobatics, magic, theatre, storytelling and puppet shows for the migrants staying at IOM’s transit centres for unaccompanied migrant children and migrant women. To make the…

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European Investment Bank (EIB) to support EUR 4.5 billion new business, social, energy transition and sustainable transport investment

This includes investment that addresses challenges facing female entrepreneurs in Poland and across Africa, supports lease financing in Italy, backs venture capital in Liberia and Sierra Leone

EUR 1.6 billion support for private investment, including for women and rural communities; upgrading thousands of schools and expanding long-term care provision; financing renewable energy, energy efficiency and clean transport. The European Investment Bank (EIB) approved a total of EUR 4.5 billion of new financing that will tackle investment gaps…

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Central Africa could be the continent’s rising star, thanks to the African Continental Free Trade Area

Central Africa’s real income could increase by as much as 7% in one of the scenarios that researchers describe in the 2019 African Economic Outlook

Central Africa stands to benefit the most from the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), data from the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) shows. Hanan Morsy, Director of Research at the Bank, revealed the findings at the launch of one of the Bank’s flagship reports in Malabo, where the African Development…

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Donors pledge $17 million to Africa Solidarity Trust Fund at African Development Bank Annual Meetings side event

The donor conference was attended by the presidents of Mauritania, Guinea Bissau, the prime minister of Eswatini and several high-ranking diplomats, ministers and development and banking institutions

African and non-regional donors on Tuesday pledged $17 million to replenish the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund, an initiative which aims to provide food security and eliminate rural poverty on the continent. The pledges were made at a high-level donor round table convened by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation…

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African Development Bank and Niger sign financing agreement to support Kandadji project

The implementation of the "Kandadji" project will take six years (2019-2025) and involves the completion of a multi-purpose dam that will create a real development hub

The Republic of Niger and the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) on Tuesday signed a $128.8 million financing agreement to support the "Kandadji" project for the regeneration of ecosystems and the development of the Niger Valley (PA-KRESMIN). Nigerien Minister of Planning Aïchatou Kane Boulama, who signed on behalf of Niger’s Government,…