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 -        …

Source: World Rugby |

Rugby Sevens Boosted by Preparation Investment Ahead of Olympic Games

World Rugby has announced details of a rugby sevens investment strategy to optimise the sport’s preparation for, and participation at, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Funding boost of US$2.5 million to optimise teams’ Olympic preparations for Tokyo Games; HSBC World Rugby ( Sevens Series 2021 contingency plans progressing towards a return to action in Hong Kong and Singapore in April 2021; Events in Hamilton and Sydney will not take place in 2021 Series, returning in…

Source: Department of Health, Seychelles |

Coronavirus - Seychelles: List of countries from which visitors are permitted to enter Seychelles

The Department of Health reviews the COVID-19 situation (transmission levels, trends, public health capacity, etc.) in various countries on a regular basis, to update a list of permitted countries from which individuals can travel to Seychelles. Find below the list of permitted countries based on the latest review, which will…

Source: International Rescue Committee |

Coronavirus - Africa: As confirmed COVID cases more than double in July across African countries, a lack of testing in crisis-affected contexts keeps responders in the dark about the real spread of the disease, warns IRC

The countries in Africa where the IRC works which have done the least tests per million are Tanzania* (63 tests per million), Niger (373 tests per million), Chad (383 tests per million, DRC (467 tests per million), and Burundi (563 tests per million)

Each country in Africa where the IRC works has done less than 8,000 tests per million people, compared to the UK (205,782 per million), United Arab Emirates (472,590 per million), and Singapore (199,904 per million); The countries in Africa where the IRC works which have done the least tests per million…

Source: World Rugby |

Plans revised for HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2021

Health and wellbeing of the rugby community and the wider public remains top priority

Working group formed to review schedule for a safe, secure and impactful return to action; Combined events in Dubai and Cape Town will not take place in 2021 Series; Health and wellbeing of the rugby community and the wider public remains top priority; New Zealand were awarded men’s and women’s…

African Energy Chamber
Source: African Energy Chamber |

African Economic and Social Awakening: Lessons from Singapore (By Leoncio Amada NZE NLANG)

Singapore is a relatively young country, like many in Africa, but is now globally considered as an example to follow in terms of sustainable economic development

By Leoncio Amada NZE NLANG, Executive President of the African Energy Chamber for the CEMAC Region With 1.2 billion people and the youngest population on the planet, the African continent has great potential and much room for improvement to become one of the most vibrant economic centers globally. To achieve…

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

COVID-19: Africa in urgent need of affordable broadband internet

The average cost of 1GB of data on the continent is 7.12 percent of average income, with some countries having rates as high as 20 percent

The director of Technology, Climate Change and Natural Resources Management at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Jean-Paul Adam, told journalists during a virtual press briefing on 10 June 2020 that Africa contributes less than 1% to the world’s digital economy, which accounts for about 15% of global GDP. He…

Source: Global Affairs Canada |

Coronavirus - Morocco: Minister of Foreign Affairs continues to coordinate with international counterparts on COVID-19

The ministers also discussed the importance of collaboration around the distribution of an eventual vaccine

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, hosted the ninth call of the Ministerial Coordination Group on COVID-19 with his counterparts from Australia, Indonesia, Morocco, Peru, Republic of Korea and Singapore. The ministers recalled the continued importance of exchanging information and coordinating efforts in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.  …

Source: African Union (AU) |

Coronavirus: Tunisia launches virus-tracking app

The E7mi application was developed by a Tunisian start-up specialised in digital marketing tools for foreign companies

Tunisia on Tuesday launched a contact-tracing mobile phone app that identifies and alerts users who may have had contact with others infected with the new coronavirus. The E7mi application, available on Android and awaiting validation for Apple's iOS, was developed by a Tunisian start-up specialised in digital marketing tools for…

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

The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (“ICD”) signed a collaboration Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with FINTERRA PTE LTD (“Finterra”)

During the current Covid-19 global pandemic it is clear that digital channels and online working are increasingly important to financial services and financial inclusion

On DAY and DATE Mr. Ayman Sejiny, the CEO of The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (“ICD”) ( the private sector arm of the Islamic Development Bank Group, and Mr. Satesh Khemlani, the Managing Director of Finterra PTE Ltd. (, signed a Memorandum of  Understanding to…