Energy cooperation in the Gulf of Guinea

São Tomé and Príncipe and Equatorial Guinea have agreed on the establishment of a Special Zone for Joint Exploration to explore and develop cross-border oil and gas reserves believed to be in the blocks bordering each country’s maritime zone. The decision was taken during a meeting this week in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea’s capital, between Osvaldo […]

African Development Bank moves against coronavirus

The African Development Bank on Wednesday announced health and safety measures to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus in countries where it has a presence, including its headquarters in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The measures include telecommuting, video conferencing in lieu of physical meetings, the suspension of visits to bank buildings, and the cancellation of […]

Trial of Liberian war crimes suspect postponed

Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, and the increasing measures being imposed by the Swiss authorities in response to the pandemic, the Federal Criminal Court of Switzerland has postponed the trial of Liberian war crimes’ suspect Alieu Kosiah. The trial was scheduled to take place in Bellinzona, Switzerland, from April 14 to April 30, 2020. The court […]

Liberia: Pres. Weah speaks on first coronavirus case

President George made the following statement on Monday in Monrovia, the Liberian capital, after the West African country recorded its first case of the coronavirus. MY FELLOW CITIZENS AND FOREIGN RESIDENTS: I would like to speak directly to you today concerning the Coronavirus Pandemic, which is rapidly spreading around the world. The spread of this […]

Norway closes border to foreign nationals

The Norwegian Government has announced the closure of Norway’s border to foreign nationals who lack a residence permit in Norway. They will be turned away at the border under provisions of a Norwegian law relating to the control of communicable diseases. Temporary entry and exit controls will also be introduced at the internal Schengen border. […]

Coronavirus: Sweden bans public gatherings, events

On 11 March, the Swedish Government adopted an ordinance on a prohibition against holding public gatherings and events. What does this decision mean? The Government is making use of the possibility in the Public Order Act (Chapter 2, Section 15) to prohibit public gatherings and events if this is necessary to combat an epidemic. The […]

Sierra Leonean arrested on Liberian war crime charges

A Sierra Leonean national, Gibril Massaquoi, was arrested on Tuesday in Tampere, Finland, by the Finnish police who suspect that he committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in Liberia between 1999 and 2003. The crimes he allegedly committed include homicide, sexual violence, and the recruitment and use of child soldiers. Gibril Massaquoi was in the […]

Facebook program open to African community leaders

Facebook has announced the launch of its Community Accelerator program which will be available in the following countries across South Saharan Africa: South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria.   An evolution of the Facebook Community Leadership Program (FCLP), this six-month accelerator program provides training, mentorship and funding to help community leaders grow their communities. Up to $3 […]

Sweden promotes long-term gender economic equality

The Swedish Government has appointed a commission for gender-equal lifetime earnings. The commission has been instructed to present proposals that aim to increase economic equality between women and men in Sweden in the long term. Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Lindhagen said “Historically, Sweden has made major progress with regard to economic equality. “Despite this, […]

WHO, UN Volunteers launch African women initiative

The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa and the United Nations Volunteers have launched the Africa Young Women Health Champions, an initiative to recruit early to middle career women professionals across 47 countries in the African region.  The institutions will jointly hire around 100 young African women as national and international UN Volunteers. The recruitment will […]