SIPRI: Arms sales continue to grow amid pandemic

Sales of arms and military services by the industry’s 100 largest companies totalled $531 billion in 2020—an increase of 1.3 per cent in real terms compared with the previous year. This is according to new data released today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The arms sales of the Top 100 arms companies […]

Experts call for crypto currency to ease costs

A common crypto currency and an integrated capital market could boost trade in Africa and sustain growth after the Covid-19 crisis, experts said at the 2021 African Economic Conference on Friday. But the continent first needs to harmonise national rules and protocols governing the financial systems of individual countries to make the reforms workable, panellists […]

Covid: Sweden exempts Togo from entry ban

The Swedish Government has adopted amendments to the temporary ban on entry into Sweden. The amendments, which come into effect on December 7, mean that travelers who can present a vaccine certificate issued in Togo will be exempt from the entry ban and the COVID-19 test requirement. The decision today also entails amendments to the […]

German pressure on other former colonial rulers

By Johan Sävström Long ignored, colonial crimes are now in the spotlight. Germany is leading the way in admitting its guilt but it remains unfinished business, according to Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) researcher Henning Melber. The new book Kritik des deutschen Kolonialismus (‘Critique of German Colonialism’) deals with Germany´s colonial history. Co-editor Henning Melber is […]

Africa, China conference focuses on trade, security

The 8th Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) opened on Sunday in Senegal’s capital, Dakar with trade and security being the main topics on the agenda. Senegal’s Foreign Minister Aissata Tall Sall told the opening session that China’s help toward bringing peace to the Sahel region is welcome. “We would like China’s influence […]

Recurrent expenditure tops Liberia’s $785m 2022 budget

By Seltue Karweaye Sr. The importance of sensible and prudent budgetary allocations cannot be overemphasized as the budget itself is an expression of public policy. It is the major economic policy instrument that indicates a government’s priority and is also a tool to correct anomalies and inequities within the society. An efficient budgetary system is […]

From 2021 to 2022: Africa’s cybersecurity outlook

There are several trends that have dominated the African cybersecurity landscape in 2021. The continent remains a point of investment interest as connectivity and mobility continue to grow – with only 38% of the population connected, there is massive opportunity compared with developed markets. This situation has seen a subsequent surge in investor attention, particularly […]

Brussels Airlines keeps focus on Africa

As a consequence of the COVID-19 crisis, Brussels Airlines accelerated and intensified in 2020 its transformation plan Reboot Plus, in order to pave the way for a future-proof company that is able to face the competition, with a sound and healthy cost structure.    After the restructuring, the company started the second phase of its Reboot Plus plan: the […]

William Nah: unknown fate of a brilliant Liberian keeper

By Benedict Nyankun Wisseh As if we are programmed, when conversations about football take place, our focus is placed on players who score goals for our teams. In this case, we celebrate forwards and midfielders, whose responsibility it is to score goals and ignore defenders and goalkeepers except for their mistakes that lead to the […]

Sweden: proof of vaccination to attend public events

The Swedish Government intends to proceed with the proposal to allow the use of vaccination certificates at public gatherings and public functions from December 1. The aim is to limit the spread of the Corona virus among unvaccinated people in particular by preventing them from gathering in large groups, while public gatherings and public functions […]