Global commitment to strengthen gender equality

Under the theme “Development Banks as Actors for Change towards Gender Equality,” the African Development Bank’s Director for Gender, Women and Civil Society Vanessa Moungar joined high-level representatives from global financial institutions, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and UN Women in signing a joint declaration on gender equality to strengthen their commitment at all levels.The declaration […]

COVID-19: Sweden extends measures for businesses

The Swedish government has announced that several measures taken to support Swedish jobs and businesses through the COVID-19 crisis will be extended. These include short-term lay-offs, deferral of tax payments, reorientation support and turnover-based support to sole traders. The proposals are based on an agreement between the government parties, the Centre Party and the Liberal […]

20 finalists for African businesswomen awards

The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF), a leading pan-African entrepreneurship and innovation non-profit, has announced the top finalists for the 2020 edition of its AWIEF Awards. The annual AWIEF Awards, through a nomination process, identifies and celebrates the best female entrepreneurs across multiple industries in Africa. Promoting and supporting excellence in entrepreneurship and […]

Sweden reintroduces border controls

The Swedish government has decided to reintroduce controls at Sweden’s internal borders. Border controls will be imposed between November 12 until May 11 next year. Border controls will contribute to national security and help detect threats from potential perpetrators and prevent terrorist attacks. The government assesses that other measures are insufficient against the background of, among other […]

Foreign investment vital to Africa’s economic growth

By NJ Ayuk Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, not all of the economic news in Africa has been negative. We continue to see promising developments. Look at Uganda’s oil and gas industry. Following multiple petroleum discoveries in Uganda’s Albertine Graben, foreign investments there have reached nearly $20 billion. The resulting projects include a refinery being built […]

A Liberian school that really needs help

Gbanquelleh Town is a settlement in Bong County in central Liberia. It has a huge problem. And is begging for help. With more than 400 residents, Gbanquelleh has a school, if it can really be called that, with 78 students and just one teacher. The school also serves pupils from five neighboring towns in the […]

Banding together is only way Africa will beat COVID-19

By Dr. John Nkengasong and African Union Commissioner Amira Elfadil Mohammed Elfadil) Everyone knows by now that due to a combination of leadership, environment, social ecology, demographics and as yet unknown biological and other factors, Africa has been spared the worst of the havoc that COVID-19 has wreaked on other parts of the globe and […]

Egyptian entrepreneur wins Africa’s Anzisha Prize

With a pool of talented finalists from more than 15 African countries, the 2020 Anzisha Prize – the premier award for Africa’s youngest entrepreneurs – goes to Alaa Moatamed, a  young female entrepreneur whose venture provides business owners with an affordable and convenient delivery service for customers. EdTech entrepreneur Matina Razafimahefa, 22, from Madagascar emerged as […]

Ghana gets $785 million in foreign investment

Ghana has recorded total investments of US$869.47 million, with total foreign direct investment (FDI) value amounting to US$785.62 million between January to June 2020 as FDI inflow showed rare strength in the final moments of the second quarter of the year, undeterred by the Covid-19 pandemic. The total FDI of US$785.62 million represents investment recorded […]

Project to develop surf tourism in Liberia

One of the main attractions of Liberia is its coastal tourism product. In recent years, several initiatives have been undertaken to develop and diversify Liberia’s tourism product, based on the country’s natural and cultural heritage. In particular, surf tourism has been identified as a niche market that has a high growth potential in the country, […]