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Stop agro-imperialism – Prof Dakora

Professor Felix Dapare Dakora, President of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), has called for the end of what he described as “Agro-Imperialism,” where massive chunk of Africa’s arable lands are sold for pittance to foreign grabbers, if the continent was to feed its projected 2.5 billion population by 2050. …

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Panama Papers: Tax authorities around the world retrieve more than $500m – ICIJ

Following the exposé contained in the Panama Papers that was published in April 2016, tax authorities around the world have retrieved more than $500 million, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), the organization that published the Papers has said. According to ICIJ, Spain alone collected $122 million after an …

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Former President Mahama appeals for peace in Liberia

Former President John Dramani Mahama, Head of ECOWAS Election Observation Mission to Liberia has met two candidates with a call on them to exhibit maximum collaboration for peaceful and credible elections. He reiterated at separate meetings with the presidential flag-bearers, who emerged from the inconclusive first round balloting of 10th October that …

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Violent extremism poses challenges to global security – AU

Violent extremism, contributes and continue to posses great challenges to the global security architecture, stability and socioeconomic development, creating humanitarian crisis, sometimes of very unimaginable magnitudes, Mr Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, African Union (AU) has stated. “We need to be able to imagine and find out what animates a …

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Ghana-Burkina Faso to constitute committee on railway project from Accra to Ouagadougou

Ghana and Burkina Faso have agreed to constitute a 20-member expert committee to facilitate the development of railway interconnectivity from Accra to Ouagadougou.      The two countries will each contribute 10 members to the committee.      The committee is expected to develop an action plan and timelines for implementation and …

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ECOWAS sets up Committee to study implications of membership of Morocco, Tunisia and Mauritania

At the end of the 52nd Summit of Heads of State of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Abuja, Nigeria December 16, 2017, the bloc has set up a Committee of Heads of State and Government to adopt the terms of reference and supervise a comprehensive study …

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Public debt in half of sub-Sahara Africa reaches 50% of GDP – Lagarde

Concerns are rising over growing public debt in about half of the countries in sub-Sahara Africa. The sharp increase has reached 50 per cent of GDP, according to International Monetary Fund (IMF), Managing Director, Christine Lagarde. Speaking at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, …

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Half of the world’s 7.3 billion people can’t access essential health services – WHO

At least half of the world’s 7.3 billion people still do not have access to essential health services, such as having a skilled birth attendant, vaccinations for children or treatment for HIV, a new data from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Bank shows. As a result, more …

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AfDB calls for economic transformation of Africa’s rural areas as key to curbing migration

On the occasion of International Migrants Day, December 18, the African Development Bank calls on African countries to reconstruct rural areas from zones of economic misery to zones of economic prosperity. This will in turn expand economic opportunities for African youth, leading to improvements in their lives, thereby stemming migration. Greater economic …

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