$2 million donation to battle coronavirus in Africa

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) on Tuesday approved  $2 million in emergency assistance for the World Health Organization (WHO) to reinforce its capacity to help African countries contain the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigate its impacts. The grant, which is in response to an international appeal by the WHO, will be […]

Sierra Leone reports first case of coronavirus

The Ministry of Health and Sanitation of the Republic of Sierra Leone has reported the country’s first case of COVID-19 or coronavirus. Samples tested at the Military 34 Hospital, and two other accredited laboratories to detect the virus, in the capital Freetown turned out positive on the evening of 30 March 2020. The patient, a […]

Swedish package for jobs and transition

The Swedish Government, the Centre Party and the Liberal Party are now presenting further measures to alleviate the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on jobs and the economy in Sweden. The ongoing virus outbreak is having a major impact on the Swedish economy and many people have become, or risk becoming, unemployed. To alleviate the […]

EFLA wants Liberians to heed advice of health workers

The European Federation of Liberian Associations (EFLA) has called on Liberians at home and abroad, specifically Liberians in Europe, to heed the advice of health practitioners so as to prevent the Coronavirus from wreaking havoc in Liberia and other parts of the world. In a March 30 release, signed by Secretary General Francis Monnoh Mensah […]

Bank launches $3 billion coronavirus fight in Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has raised an exceptional $3 billion in a three-year bond to help alleviate the economic and social impact the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic will have on livelihoods and Africa’s economies.   The Fight Covid-19 Social bond, with a three-year maturity, garnered interest from central banks and official institutions, bank treasuries, and […]

US-Africa Business Summit postponed

Given the evolving nature of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) and the Government of Morocco have jointly decided to postpone the 13th U.S.-Africa Business Summit previously scheduled to take place from June 9-12 in Marrakech, Morocco. “Our priority at CCA in response to COVID-19 is to help ensure the health […]

Ivory Coast engages in gas monetization drive

Ivory Coast is establishing a new energy leadership in West Africa following several initiatives taken to monetize natural gas across power generation and public transport. In a region rich in natural gas, such initiatives are driving Ivory Coast’s energy transition and paving the way for more industrialization and jobs creation. Since January 2020, the country […]

Raising funds to send medical supplies to Liberia

Two Liberian diaspora organizations have launched a go fund me campaign to raise $10,000 to purchase and transport medical supplies to help Liberia in its fight against the coronavirus. So far, the West African nation has reported three cases of the virus. US-based Women Innovative Global Services (WINGS) and the Liberia Emergency and Disaster Relief Fund (LEADER Fund) are […]

Africa should harmonize its coronavirus fight

The African Telecommunications Union (ATU), a specialised agency of the African Union in the field of telecommunications, has put together a set of guidelines to assist in combating the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, that every Member State should consider. Africa has so far recorded relatively few coronavirus cases compared to the rest of the world. […]

Liberia: Conflict of interest and independent journalism

By James Kokulo Fasuekoi in Minneapolis, MN Let me express thanks to Cyrus McGee, for his input to my discussion at bay, which especially, centers on the roles of the Liberian journalists union, known as PUL, as well as members of the independent media, in the wake of persistent physical attacks on independent journalists in […]