Gender inequality in earnings costs trillions of dollars

Globally, countries are losing $160 trillion in wealth because of differences in lifetime earnings between women and men. This amounts to an average of $23,620 for each person in the 141 countries studied by the World Bank Group in a new report released today. The study, Unrealized Potential: The High Cost of Gender Inequality in […]

Stockholm hosts global conference for men

On 15-16 May, more than 300 participants gathered in Stockholm, Sweden for the 4th International Conference on Men’s Equal Opportunities, known in short as ICMEO. Many gender equality ministers in Europe were among the participants, along with other representatives of governmental agencies and civil society as well as many experts. Lena Hallengren, Sweden’s Minister for […]

UK backs Liberia’s return to Inter-Parliamentary Union

The governments of the United Kingdom and Liberia have recounted the pioneering role of both countries that proudly culminated into the establishment of the global parliamentary network, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).   The vice chair of the British Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (BGIPU) Lord John Whittingdale opined that such important epoch has formed the basis […]

Kadewere leads scoring chart in Sweden

Zimbabwean striker Tino Kadewere scored four times in the 11th round of the Swedish football premiership to top the scorers’ chart as the  league goes to a break for the World Cup. Kadewere  scored four of Djurgaden’s goals and set up another in a 5-1 bashing of Sirius on Sunday to continue Djurgaden’s winning streak […]

Liberia: Is that Emmanuel Shaw, again?

Is that Emmanuel Shaw, again? That was my reaction to a picture in which the French President Emmanuel Macron and Emmanuel Shaw were standing side by side and smiling. Both appeared as if they were former schoolmates meeting at a class reunion gathering. But this was not at a class reunion gathering. It was at […]

Working to revive Gambia’s debt-crippled economy

Since taking office and discovering government coffers were largely empty, Adama Barrow’s administration has been sourcing for funds and working to resuscitate the debt-crippled economy of the Gambia. To support the new government, major international organisations have pledged 1.45 billion euros ($1.7 billion) to plug the financing deficit in the new government’s National Development Plan (NDP). The […]

Nordic countries keen on 5G development

The Nordic countries have entered into new deepened cooperation on 5G. A declaration of intent was presented today laying out the Nordic countries’ vision. “The Nordic region is one of the most innovative regions in the world. The development of 5G is progressing quickly and the Nordic region will be at the fore of this […]

Ecobank wins international award

Ecobank, a Pan-African financial institution, won the Best Digital Strategy Award at the Retail Banker International’s prestigious awards ceremony held at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel in London on May 10. Ecobank’s digital strategy leverages digitalisation for scale and ubiquity and is the key plank in its ambition to be the top consumer financial services franchise […]

Nordic prime ministers meet this week

Nordic cooperation, current foreign and security policy issues and 5G are on the agenda as the Nordic prime ministers meet in Örnsköldsvik on 22–23 May. The informal prime ministers meeting is held annually as part of the extensive Nordic cooperation. Sweden is currently chair of Nordic cooperation and is hosting the meeting in Örnsköldsvik on […]

Shaping change in a time of disruption

Before 1800, nearly everyone on the planet was poor. Royalty and large landowners were a small minority, and wealth was tied to land – those who controlled land, controlled much of the world’s wealth. Nearly everyone else lived in poverty. This was what society looked like for virtually the entire recorded history of humanity: Jim […]