• Putting Africa at the front of the Biden Administration

    Friday, January 22, 2021

    On Wednesday, U.S. President Joe Biden was sworn into office, ushering in a new administration, new foreign policy and a new approach to U.S. trade and investment in Africa. For its part, the Trump administration had not been short on growing U.S. private sector involvement in Africa, specifically under its trademark initiative, Prosper Africa. Designed […]

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  • Support for businesses affected by Covid closure

    Wednesday, January 20, 2021

    Businesses that are unable to operate as a result of a closure decision under Sweden’s new Pandemic Act will be able to receive financial support to cover their fixed costs during the closure. Up to 100 per cent of the costs will be reimbursed. The proposal is based on an agreement between the government, the […]

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  • Global March launches poll for women’s rights

    Monday, January 18, 2021

    Women’s March Global on Friday announced details of its fifth anniversary event as it takes it’s global mobilisation online due to continued concerns around the Covid-19 pandemic. On 21 January, the day women globally would normally march, Women’s March Global will open the ‘Global Count’, one of the largest global mapping polls ever conducted to […]

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  • You might fall victim to online trading scams

    Friday, January 15, 2021

    “The rise of the digital age has resulted in an information overload and often a lot of this information is made up of unqualified opinions and regurgitated statements,” says Jay Mawji, Managing Director of INFINOX, an online trading partner which is now available in Africa with the aim of empowering traders to trade Forex, shares, […]

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  • Sweden unclear on problem of female genital mutilation

    Monday, January 11, 2021

    Sweden’s Gender Equality Authority sees a clear need for a study to find out how many girls and women in the country are exposed to genital mutilation. The uncertainty is too great today, the authority states in a new report. “The statistics on how many girls and women have been subjected to genital mutilation and how […]

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News

Dec
26

2020 is worst year ever for global tourism

International tourism arrivals fell by 72% over the first ten months of 2020, with restrictions on travel, low consumer confidence and a global struggle to contain the COVID-19 virus, all contributing to the worst year on record in the history of tourism. According to the latest tourism data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), destinations welcomed 900 […]

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Dec
23

Sweden: Ban on entry from UK and Denmark

The Swedish Government decided on Monday to severely restrict possibilities to travel from the United Kingdom and Denmark to Sweden. The entry ban from the United Kingdom is due to the spread and mutation of COVID-19 that have been reported there. The entry ban from Denmark is mainly to reduce the risk of congestion and […]

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Dec
22

Funds to educate children affected by DR Congo crisis

Responding to the intensifying humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Education Cannot Wait (ECW) Friday announced US$22.2 million in catalytic investment grants to accelerate the nation’s education in emergency response. The initial program will run for three years, with the goal of leveraging an additional US$45.3 million in co-financing from national and global […]

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Dec
19

Africa: $25 million to boost energy production

The African Development Bank’s Board of Directors on Monday approved $15 million from the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) and $10 million from the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) to advance African Renewable Energy Fund (AREF) II’s projects to boost low-carbon energy generation in sub-Saharan Africa. SEFA’s contribution will comprise a package of $10 million […]

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Dec
16

Swedish economy makes stronger recovery

The Swedish economy is showing a stronger recovery than expected during the autumn. The labour market situation has also developed more positively compared with previous assessments. The employment rate is expected to be somewhat higher this year and next year compared with the assessment in the Budget Bill for 2021, while unemployment is expected to […]

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Dec
13

Liberia praised for peaceful conduct of elections

Liberia has been praised for holding peaceful elections on December 8. Made in a recent release, the commendation came from the United Nations in Liberia, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), embassies of member states of the African Union, the European Union (EU) Delegation and embassies of the EU member states (France, Germany, […]

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Dec
12

Eight winners of the AWIEF Awards

The 6th edition of the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) conference and awards held on December 2 and 3 hosted more than 60 African and global thought leaders across business and politics who shared insight and thought leadership. The virtual conference theme this year was, Reimagining business and rebuilding better. The two-day event aimed to explore […]

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Dec
10

Covid-19: Sweden extends business emergency package

The Swedish Government today proposed extending the government credit guarantee program ‘Företagsakuten’ into 2021 so as to cover lending after 31 December. The program is intended to facilitate lending to small and medium-sized companies affected by the pandemic. The Företagsakuten program was launched in spring 2020 as part of the government’s measures to support the […]

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Dec
8

African artists, youth unite in pledge for peace

A pledge to end all forms of violence and set in motion a grassroots civil society campaign to promote peace was launched today by a coalition of community activists, artists, victims of war, academics, business leaders and African youth. Emmanuel Jal, a spokesperson for the coalition and a prominent peace campaigner, said: “We are losing […]

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Dec
7

Liberia: Vote for candidates who put country first

The Emancipation Movement of Liberia (EMOL) has urged eligible Liberian voters to vote for legacy-driven candidates who put country first and have the interests of the Liberian people at heart. Liberians are slated to vote in special senatorial elections and a referendum on Tuesday. In a press release issued by its executive director Jarwinken Wiah […]

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