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German foreign minister warns climate change impacting security 

Climate change poses increasing threats to international security, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on opening the Berlin Climate and Security Conference in the German capital on Tuesday. “The fight against the security consequences of climate change demands a global effort,” Maas said, adding that Germany intended to play a leading …

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China’s Huawei, AU sign MoU to strengthen technical partnership on ICT

China’s technology giant, Huawei, and the African Union (AU) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to consolidate their information and communication technology (ICT) cooperation. The MoU primarily aims at strengthening partnership between the two sides on broadband, internet of things (IoT), cloud computing, 5G and artificial intelligence, according to …

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African free trade will open doors for infrastructure investment – Songwe

On May 30, 2019, the African Continental Free Trade Agreement came into force, opening the door for the Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The AfCFTA will create a single continental market for goods and services, with free movement of business persons and investments, and it is expected to speed up …

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Africa healthcare professionals call for political will, investment and leadership    

African healthcare professionals attending the Africa Health Leaders Forum in Johannesburg on Thursday called for collaboration, reliable leadership and investment in the sector to improve the performance and achieve universal health access. Zambian Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya called for more investment in the sector. “The current mechanisms to fund …

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UN urges African countries to revise urban planning laws

The United Nations on Thursday urged African governments to revise their urban planning laws to reflect the current development on the ground. Robert Lewis-Lettington, unit leader, urban legislation unit at the UN Habitat, said that in most African countries, legal system was not working. “It is unfortunate that most country’s …

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ECOWAS Mineral Ministers adopt draft Regional Mining Act

Ministers in charge of Minerals Development in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Thursday adopted a draft Regional Mining Act to regulate mining operations in the sub-region. The draft document adopted at the end of a two-day summit in Accra, upon approval by ECOWAS Parliament, would regulate …

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UK reviewing its development assistance to Ghana

Foreign Aid

The UK Government is reviewing its aid to Ghana in the light of the country’s achievement of lower-middle income status in 2010. It covers all UK official development assistance (ODA) to Ghana from 2011 to the end of the 2018/2019 financial year. Over the last 20 years, the UK has …

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Kremlin announces Russia-Africa summit

Russia and Africa will hold a summit in Sochi to discuss ways of deepening political and economic ties, the Kremlin Presidential Administration, has announced. This was posted on its official website and said the meeting was going to be co-chaired by President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, …

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Unemployment rises in Germany in May as growth slows 

The number of people out of work in Germany rose slightly in May, ending a long stint of falling joblessness and suggesting that the labour market may be starting to feel the effects of slowing economic growth. Figures from the Federal Employment Agency (BA) released Wednesday showed that some 7,000 more …

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African Continental Free Trade Area comes into force today, May 30, 2019

Today May 30, 2019, the African Continental Free Trade Agreement has come into force. The Agreement which will create the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will create a  single continental market for goods and services, with free movement of business persons and investments, is expected to speed up the …

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