Monday, May 10, 2021
Back when states regularly used armed forces to compel others into compliance or dependence, sovereignty was primarily a geographic and military concept. But the term has more recently taken on an added dimension. The COVID-19 pandemic, for example, revealed the West’s dependence on China for supplies of face masks and...
WTO members made history yesterday when the General Council agreed by consensus to select Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria as the organization’s seventh Director-General. History is made: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala chosen as Director-General When she takes office on 1 March, Dr Okonjo-Iweala will become the first woman and the first African to be...
For more than 50 years, Loiman Letolo, 70, has peddled her colourful beaded necklaces and bracelets to safari-goers at the entrance gates to Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve. As the annual “Great Migration” of millions of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles into the Mara’s vast savannah gets underway, Letolo would normally...
Senegal has rejected licensing requests for 52 new industrial fishing vessels, after Senegalese small-scale fishers and industrial shipowners raised the alarm. On World Ocean’s Day, June 8, the Minister of Fisheries rejected the requests, in a victory for sustainable fisheries. Attention is now on a similar case in Ghana,...
African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has disbursed US$200million to Zenith Bank Plc Nigeria under its Pandemic Trade Impact Mitigation Facility (PATIMFA). The funds will assist Zenith Bank to continue maintaining foreign currency trade flows impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. They will also allow Zenith Bank to on-lend to eligible sub-borrowers involved in...
Africa's economy should return to growth in aggregate across the continent in 2021 after a coronavirus recession, the African Development Bank said on Friday - while warning that poverty and public debt will continue to rise. The -2.1 percent contraction of the pan-African economy in 2020 was the first recession...
Africa is becoming a new COVID-19 epicenter. In recent weeks, South Africa reported a 60% increase in natural deaths, suggesting a higher COVID death toll than reported. And the World Health Organization recently warned that cases are proliferating across Sub-Saharan Africa, including my country, The Gambia. Unless the European...
Many African countries have been praised for waging an effective campaign to combat the spread of coronavirus despite their reputation for having fragile state health systems. The continent, which has a population of more than one billion, has had about 1.5 million cases, according to data compiled by the John...
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is set to open and handover the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat Building to the African Union Commission (AUC), in Accra, on Monday. The AfCFTA Secretariat will administer the free trade agreement creating a 'Single Market' for 55 African countries. The combined...
Governments must be held accountable for African countries’ slow progress on global education goals since underperforming schools and teachers are usually victims of a dysfunctional system, the U.N.’s cultural agency UNESCO said last week Wednesday. Sub-Saharan Africa falls behind other parts of the world by most education standards, with one...
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