SIPRI study focuses on military spending in Africa

‘Contrary to common belief, countries in sub-Saharan Africa show a high degree of transparency in how they spend money on their military,’ says Dr Nan Tian, Researcher in the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) Arms Transfers and Military Expenditure Programme. ‘Citizens everywhere should know where and how public money is spent. It is encouraging […]

Nordic African business summit talks blue economy

On November 8th, 48 speakers, 24 ambassadors and 389 participants from African and Nordic companies joined forces at the Nordic-African Business Summit in Oslo, Norway to discuss how blue opportunities, especially within the maritime, energy and agriculture sector, can be better utilised to create effective and sustainable growth on the African continent. About 90 percent […]

Search for African solutions to African problems

How can the African Union (AU) work to better prevent violent conflicts on the continent and resolve existing conflicts? What support should the outside world give to the AU peace work? Those questions were discussed by over 90 participants at a conference, or research and policy dialogue as we chose to call it, that AU […]

Sweden continues internal border checks

The Swedish Government has decided to reinstate internal border control for three months until February 11 next year. The decision was taken in accordance with EU common legislation and is based on the government’s assessment that there is still a threat to public policy and internal security. The assessment of the Swedish Security Service is […]

Lusophone Africa eyes $5 billion business projects

Lusophone countries have identified a pipeline of more than US$5 billion in private sector and private-public partnership (PPP) projects to accelerate growth in their economies. The projects form part of a development finance compact between the African Development Bank (AfDB), the government of Portugal and the six Portuguese-speaking countries of Africa – Angola, Cape Verde, […]

London summit focuses on technology in tourism

The UNWTO/WTM Ministers’ Summit, held Tuesday in London, UK by World Travel Market(WTM) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), was well received by participants from government and the private sector for its more dynamic new format leading to more concrete takeaways around this year’s theme: Investment in Tourism Technology. The summit focused on investment in […]

GFF raises $1 billion for welfare of world’s poorest

The Global Financing Facility (GFF) in Support of Every Woman Every Child today announced US$1.005 billion in contributions from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Burkina Faso, Canada, Côte d’Ivoire the European Commission, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Laerdal Global Health, the Netherlands, Norway, Qatar and the United Kingdom. “Today there is great hope that the world’s […]

African jobs confab focuses on young entrepreneurs

Due to Africa’s growing population, every year a high number of young jobseekers enter a labour market which cannot provide a workplace for all. To create jobs for youth and foster a prosperous Africa, skills development and youth entrepreneurship are key. In order to address youth unemployment, more than 160 representatives of youth, business, investment, […]

Human rights key to Norway’s foreign policy

Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide’s opening address at a seminar on freedom of speech and freedom of the press – a collaboration between Fritt Ord, The Norwegian Union of Journalists, Article 19 and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ladies and gentlemen, On this day in 2013, the French journalists Ghislaine Verlon and […]

China’s Alibaba launches trade platform in Rwanda

Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma on Saturday witnessed the signing of three Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) between the Rwandan Government and Alibaba establishing an eWTP (electronic world trade platform) hub in Rwanda. The agreements are intended to strengthen cooperation in support of Rwanda’s economic development by promoting policy innovation, […]