Source: Paxful |

Paxful announces strategic partnership with global cryptocurrency exchange OKEx

The partnership offers more bitcoin payment options for users in developing regions as P2P trade surges in South Africa and Nigeria

Paxful, a leading peer-to-peer bitcoin marketplace (https://Paxful.com) that aims to bring financial inclusion and access to the underbanked and unbanked in developing countries, has joined forces with OKEx (https://www.OKEx.com/), one of the world’s largest and most diverse cryptocurrency spot and derivatives exchanges. The strategic partnership will offer several payment methods…

Source: Médecins sans frontières (MSF) |

Coronavirus - Africa: Continuing essential medical services during COVID-19

Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF) has launched targeted COVID-19 projects in many of the countries hit hardest by the pandemic

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt in every one of MSF’s approximately 450 projects in more than 70 countries. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have had two main priorities: first, to keep existing essential medical services up and running for the hundreds of thousands of…

Source: Council of the European Union |

Coronavirus - Tunisia: Council adopts €3 billion assistance package to support neighbouring partners

EU assistance will help these jurisdictions cover their immediate financing needs which have increased as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak

The Council today adopted a decision to provide up to 3 billion euros of macro-financial assistance to ten enlargement and neighbourhood partners to help them cope with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial assistance will be provided in the form of loans on highly favourable terms and allocated…

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

Coronavirus - Africa: Global food commodity prices drop further in April

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) expects subdued usage to push up cereal stocks in 2019/20 and FAO’s first forecast for wheat markets in 2020/21 points to continued growth in inventories

World food commodity prices declined for the third month in a row during April, as the economic and logistical impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in significant contractions in demand for many commodities. The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks international prices of the most commonly-traded food commodities, averaged 165.5…

Source: Global Affairs Canada |

Coronavirus - Africa: Statement on Protecting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Promoting Gender-Responsiveness in the COVID-19 Crisis

Around the world, the pandemic is having a devastating impact on health systems, economies and the lives, livelihood and wellbeing of all, particularly older people

We, the Ministers of South Africa, Sweden, Argentina, Australia, Albania, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cabo Verde, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Fiji, France, Germany, Greece, Guinea, Italy, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Namibia, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, are…

Source: Council of the European Union |

Coronavirus - Tunisia: Council greenlights €3 billion assistance package to support neighbouring countries

The funds will be available for twelve months and will be disbursed in two instalments

EU ambassadors today endorsed a Commission proposal to provide up to 3 billion euros of macro-financial assistance to ten enlargement and neighbourhood partners to help them cope with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. "Enlargement and neighbourhood countries are our closest partners. Now more than ever, it is absolutely…

Source: The World Bank Group |

Coronavirus - Africa: World Bank predicts sharpest decline of remittances in recent history

Remittances to Sub-Saharan Africa registered a small decline of 0.5 percent to $48 billion in 2019

Global remittances are projected to decline sharply by about 20 percent in 2020 due to the economic crisis induced by the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown. The projected fall, which would be the sharpest decline in recent history, is largely due to a fall in the wages and employment of migrant…

Source: Kingdom of Belgium - Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation |

Coronavirus - Africa: Comments from Minister Goffin regarding EU Foreign Affairs Council

The focus is on Central Africa, the Maghreb countries and the Balkan countries

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence, Philippe Goffin, today took part in the EU Foreign Affairs Council. Two important issues were addressed by Belgium and its partners: the response to the COVID-19 crisis and the situation in Ukraine. Minister Philippe Goffin first of all underlined the joint efforts made at…

Source: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) |

Coronavirus - Africa: Global ceasefire would be a gamechanger for 250 million children living in conflict-affected areas

Violent conflict continues to be waged in parts of Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Libya, Mali, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen, among others

“Today there are 250 million children around the world living in areas under conflict. Each of these children needs warring parties to heed the call of the UN Secretary General to lay down their weapons as part of a global ceasefire to confront the COVID-19 pandemic. Each of these children…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee publishes findings on Central African Republic, Portugal, Tunisia, Uzbekistan and Dominica

The findings, available online, contain positive aspects of each country’s implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

The UN Human Rights Committee has published its findings on the civil and political rights record of Central African Republic, Portugal, Tunisia, Uzbekistan and Dominica which it reviewed during its latest session. Although the session, which was due to end on 27 March, was suspended in mid-March because of the…