International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Today, 17 October 2020 – On the International day for the eradication of poverty the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) expresses solidarity with hundreds of millions of people suffering under the COVID-19 pandemic. It is estimated that 500 million more people will further slide into poverty due to the economic lockdowns imposed to contain the spread of […]

Online tool to promote trade between African countries

An online tool designed to help businessmen and businesswomen in Africa understand how best to trade between African countries came a step closer to becoming fully operational in August 2020 as a demonstration version came onstream. The African Trade Observatory (ATO) – a mechanism being implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC) to help the […]

Virtual summit: African oil industry discusses priorities

AOW Virtual, an online summit from the team behind Africa Oil Week (OW), took place on 7-8 October. Thirty speakers and hundreds of delegates dialed in from all over the world. Day one of the conference began with the Operators’ Strategic Outlook session, in which senior representatives from operators, Kosmos Energy, Chariot Oil & Gas […]

A call for Nordic businesses to invest in Africa

At a webinar held Thursday by the Norwegian-African Business Association (NABA), African Development Bank Vice President Solomon Quaynor made a powerful case for strategic investment opportunities in Africa. The digital webcast, organized by NABA, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Scatec Solar and Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), was part of a day-long event aimed at reconnecting Nordic […]

Liberia: Students demand reopening of university

Students at Liberia’s most prominent private university have threatened strike action if the school does not reopen in four days. The students said they will stage the action on the three campuses of the Cuttington University (CU) in Monsterrado, Margibi and Bong Counties to compel the university authorities to reopen. The students said despite the […]

Brussels Airlines to increase flights to Africa

Brussels Airlines has outlined plans to increase flights to African destinations over the coming months, as it looks to rebuild its network in the Covid-19 era. The carrier has long focused on its African network, and this winter 15 of its 16 planned long-haul routes will be to the continent, with the sole exception being […]

A shaky Liberia is a sign of renewed hope

By Alexander Redd God brings radical change to a nation of people when He allows them to experience rocky and painful situations. When God declared through Prophet Haggai that He would involve Himself in a graphic and visible way to shake things up by disrupting the normalcy of life, the Israelites were on the cusp […]

Bold steps taken to make African trade easier

The African continent is about to become the world’s largest free trade area. If not addressed, non-tariff barriers (NTBs) may slow down this effort.  Although the negative impact of NTBs on intra-regional trade is recognized, so far there has been limited success in addressing them.  “The success of the AfCFTA depends in part on how well governments […]

Nordic contribution to Europe-Africa relationship

In a rapidly changing world, what is the role of the Nordic countries in relation to the African continent? This was the theme of two recent rounds of discussions with policymakers and scholars organised by the Sweden-based Nordic Africa Institute (NAI). While the European Union (EU)–Africa Summit, originally planned for October 2020, has been postponed […]

Swedish PM speaks at global meeting on women

Gender equality is a concern for us all: women, men, girls and boys. Not only is it a moral or legal obligation to promote equality and rights for women and girls, it is also a question of common sense – and smart economics. No society will fully prosper if half of its population is denied […]