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Improving digital access offers greatest private-sector investment opportunity in achieving the SDGs in Africa, says Standard Chartered

The study examines the most impactful opportunities for investing in three infrastructure-focused SDGs in five high-growth markets in Africa

Opportunity2030 study reveals an almost USD200 billion private-sector investment opportunity in contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in five African countries; The study examines the most impactful opportunities for investing in three infrastructure-focused SDGs in five high-growth markets in Africa: Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia. Opportunity2030: The Standard…

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U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF), and CITI Foundation team up to invest in Young African Social Entrepreneurs

Goal of the public-private partnership is to increase the commercial know-how and access to seed capital of Africa's next generation of business leaders and social entrepreneurs

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and The U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) are pleased to announce plans to award a total of $400,000 in grant funding, with support from Citi Foundation, to 42 young African social entrepreneurs who are developing businesses to drive social and community change in 22 sub-Saharan…

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Ride the wave of the African Continental Free Trade Area, African Development Bank president Adesina Urges United Kingdom (UK) investors

The Bank’s chief argued that Africa and the UK should be significant trading partners

Africa is on the cusp of unmatched economic transformation, and the UK must engage in a “partnership of change,” African Development Bank (https://www.AfDB.org/) President Akinwumi Adesina said Tuesday in a keynote address at a UK Parliamentary Symposium. “The Africa of the 21st century is very different. The Africa of the…

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Visit of External Affairs Minister to Republic of Niger (January 20-21, 2020)

The visit by External Affairs Minister (EAM) to Niamey is reiteration of importance India attaches to its relations Niger and with other countries in the Sahel

External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar visited Niamey, Republic of Niger from 20-21 January 2020. During the visit, EAM called on President of Niger, H. E. Mahamadou Issoufou on 21 January and both the leaders jointly inaugurated the Mahatma Gandhi International Convention Centre (MGICC). MGICC is the first centre to…

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Launch of the World Economic Situation Prospects Report 2020

Average GDP growth in Africa is projected to accelerate slightly from 2.9 per cent in 2019 to 3.2 per cent in 2020

Background: According to this year’s World Economic Situation Prospects, the global economy suffered its lowest growth in a decade, slipping to 2.3 per cent in 2019, as trade disputes impacted economic activity. The world, however, could see a slight uptick in growth in 2020 if risks are kept at bay.…

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The Next Stage of Uganda’s Digital Economy Will Be Powered by Open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)

Today the vast majority of the applications used in Uganda are still private and the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are only available to third parties at exorbitant costs

While about 18 million Ugandans are now able to access services via the internet, only a fraction of the 18 million are able to bank, pay school fees or utility bills, order transport, search for location, learn, or perform a variety of other basic day-to-day needs; online. Why is that?…

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Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) announces the organisation of a Round Table in Brazzaville to develop Roads and Transport Sector

The round table will also be an opportunity for its organizers to review the Consensual Master Plan for Transport in Central Africa (CMPT-CA)

The general secretariat of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) (http://www.CEEAC-ECCAS.org/), the governments of the Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Republic of Chad are organizing a round table in Brazzaville (Congo) on 19 March 2020 with a view…

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Siemens supports Ghana’s transformation trajectory

Supporting Ghana’s goal of sustainable industrialization

Addressing energy and infrastructure challenges in Ghana; ensuring job creation and skills development of youth in Ghana; supporting Ghana’s goal of sustainable industrialization Siemens (Siemens.com) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Republic of Ghana to address the country’s energy and infrastructure challenges, while contributing to the Governments…

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Bridge repair by Thai peacekeeping engineers provides a lifeline for communities in Lakes region (By Tonny Muwangala)

The bridge was repaired by Thai engineers serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan in partnership with the World Food Programme

A simple task of meshing together metal pallets and bars to repair a broken bridge has provided a lifeline for communities in the Lakes region of South Sudan, enabling traders to travel more easily and ensuring humanitarian relief reaches families in need. “The bridge is far more important than it…

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Pibor residents upbeat after rehabilitation of area airstrip by Korean UN peacekeepers (By Mach Samuel)

The newly upgraded and extended three-kilometre airstrip now allows cargo and passenger flights to land almost every day, changing life in the area for the better

A bottle of water retails at 200 South Sudanese pounds or SSP (just under $1) in Boma area’s Pibor town. But that is a smaller matter. To get any kind of medical service, each member of the area’s impoverished population must have no less than 30,000 SSP ($100). “Even soda…