Donors give US$138.1m to Education Cannot Wait

On the sidelines of this year’s United Nations General Assembly, public, private and philanthropic donors announced a total of US$138.1 million in new contributions to Education Cannot Wait (ECW). The new contributions come from: Germany (€50 million; approx. US$58.6 million); United States of America (US$37 million); European Union/European Commission (€25 million; approx. US$29.3 million); The […]

Liberia: Plenty for the few, hunger for the majority

By Seltue Karweaye A good proportion of young people today were taught from primary school that agriculture is the mainstay of the Liberian economy. Agricultural Science as a subject is part of our educational curriculum and therefore taught at all levels of education. Despite the constant emphasis on agriculture as a core aspect of the […]

Tourism: Africa discusses future plans

The African members of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) met recently in Cape Verde to strengthen their cooperation and advance plans for recovery and sustainable growth. The 64th meeting of the UNWTO Regional Commission for Africa (CAF) saw 23 countries represented on the island of Sal, with 21 ministers of tourism joining five ambassadors for […]

Guinea: Prevention is better than cure

By Togba-Nah Tipoteh The military takeover in Guinea is most relevant for telling us that we should have done better to prevent violence, including coup d’etats and civil wars. Where were we when the “powers that be” changed the Constitutions of Burkina Faso and Guinea to allow for a third presidential term of office? There […]

Covid: Sweden extends entry ban

The Swedish Government is extending the ban on entry to Sweden from countries outside and within the EU/EEA. The main rule remains that travelers from countries in the EU/EEA – apart from the Nordic countries – cannot enter Sweden without presenting a vaccine certificate, a negative COVID-19 test result or a certificate confirming recovery from […]

Understanding the budgeting process in Liberia

By Seltue Karweaye Liberia’s attention has once again been captured by controversy over the budget formulation and implementation after an interview conducted by President George Weah in Kakata, Margibi County on August 16. During the interview, a journalist asked the President about the Liberia National Fire Service complaining about the agency low budgetary allotment. The […]

Liberia: President Weah, it’s half-time

By Seltue Karweaye The recent appearance of Liberia’s Minister of Finance and Development Planning Samuel Tweah at The Center for the Exchange of Intellectual Opinion (CEIO) on August 11, 2021 where he defended the Weah government’s fiscal policies as well as the  Pro–Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD) has prompted me to write this article. At […]

Pathways to stronger US, Africa business partnership

From July 27 to 29, the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) hosted the 13th U.S.-Africa Business Summit. It is CCA’s flagship event viewed as essential by those doing business in Africa.  The summit featured a stellar line up of African and U.S. government and private sector leaders as part of the program.  CCA was delighted to […]

Unclear tax systems create accountability vacuum

By Johan Sävström States tax their citizens in order to raise revenue, which is then used to finance public services such as health, education, security and infrastructure. Thus, tax revenue and public spending provide a means of redistributing income and investing in the population. In effect, the system constitutes an unwritten agreement between a state […]

Africa, India to work closely together after pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has provided the impetus for a stronger partnership between India and Africa with potential benefits to both as they build back sustainably after the crisis, experts attending the 16th CII-Exim Bank Digital Conclave on India-Africa Project Partnership affirmed. Speaking at the virtual event’s opening, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, India External Affairs Minister said the […]