Nigerian Senate pushes for diaspora vote

The Nigerian Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs is pushing for Diaspora voting in the coming general elections in 2019, Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Sen. Monsurat Sunmonu has said. Sunmonu told the Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York on Thursday that giving franchise to Nigerians abroad would give the […]

Denmark to send Somali refugees back home

The Danish immigration service is currently investigating the possibility of sending about 100 Somali quota refugees back to their home country. Quota refugees are vulnerable people in need of international protection who are selected by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, for resettling in a third country. Eva Singer, the head of the asylum and repatriation department […]

Spain to host global forum on gastronomy tourism

The World Tourism Organization Headquarters in Madrid, Spain, hosted Tuesday the presentation of the 3rd UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism. The event will be held in Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain, on 8-9 May 2017. The Forum is organized by UNWTO in collaboration with UNWTO Affiliate Member, the Basque Culinary Center, as part of the activities of […]

Liberian cocoa market opens up

Deregulation of the cocoa market in Liberia has opened the door for more buyers and increased competition among them. This is one of several changes since the ending of the civil war in 2003 that have improved business opportunities for smallholder cocoa farmers. Their bargaining power has been strengthened and they obtain a larger share […]

Scatec, Africa50 invest in Nigerian solar power plant

Scatec Solar, Norwegian solar power giant, has signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with Africa50, an African Infrastructure Fund, securing investment into the 100 MW (DC) Nova Scotia Power plant located in Dutse in the Northern Nigerian state of Jigawa. The project has the potential to significantly contribute to the plan of the authorities of the State […]

Swedish economy still strong

Sweden demonstrates continued economic strength, with positive and stable growth, reduced unemployment and substantially strengthened public finances with a surplus also this year. This is the message from Minister for Finance Magdalena Andersson as she presented the Ministry of Finance’s latest economic and public finances forecast on Tuesday. “The forecast shows a growth rate of […]

Benin aims to attract $15 billion investment

Benin is a country on the rise led by a newly elected businessman–cum president, Patrice Talon. Last week, the President Talon launched a five-year program that is aligned to Benin’s Vision 2030 that places Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) at the core. The program sets out a strategy to attract US$15 billion of investments and to stimulate growth from […]

Liberia elections 2017: “My vote is power”

The most important power one has as a voter is the power of his or her vote. It is the power you have as voters to hold all elected and appointed individuals in various positions of power, including the presidency accountable. This power is guaranteed under the Liberian Constitution. This is your undisputable power and […]

Sweden to promote market for green bonds

The Swedish Government has appointed an inquiry to identify ways to promote the market for green bonds. Mats Andersson, former CEO of the Fourth Swedish National Pension(AP) Fund, is Inquiry Chair. “There is a great deal of demand for investments in green bonds. We want to look into how the market can be developed to facilitate investments […]

Support grows for year of tourism

Only few weeks ahead of the official launch of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, set to take place on the 18 of January 2017 in Madrid, Spain, representatives from various tourism industries and beyond have joined UNWTO to support the celebrations of this important event. The United Nations 70th General Assembly […]