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America hardwood industry disintegrates from trade war with China

A possible trade deal with China announced last week might not be broad enough to save US hardwood timber companies from layoffs, cutbacks and closings, industry representatives say. Chinese tariffs slapped on exports of red oak, walnut and other hardwoods have cut almost 50 per cent of the revenue in …

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African countries told to rise up to mitigate looming water insecurity

African countries have been alerted on the threat of water insecurity as climate impacts intensified globally, and urged to coordinate efforts at the local and national levels to properly manage their water sources. Experts say when this is done, it would help the Continent to adapt to the impacts of …

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Commonwealth finance ministers to discuss prevention of future debt crisis

As global financial institutions warn of a pending international debt crisis, Commonwealth finance ministers are to look at ways in which debtor and creditor countries can work together to prevent future crises. The ministers from the 53-member organisation will meet in Washington on Thursday on the sidelines of the ongoing …

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Ghana and Nepal establish diplomatic relations

Ghana has established diplomatic relations with South Asian country, Nepal, the Nepali Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweeted September 25, 2019. Nepal and Ghana establish diplomatic relations. Foreign Minister Hon. Mr. Pradeep K. Gyawali and Foreign Minister of Ghana H.E. Ms. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey signed a Joint Communiqué to this effect …

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ECOWAS to scrap mobile roaming tariffs for its citizens next year

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will from January 2020 scrap international roaming charges for its citizens travelling within the sub-region, as part of efforts to promote regional integration and economic development. This implies that all ECOWAS citizens travelling within the sub-region from January 1, 2020 will not …

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Despite importance of civil registration, half of population in Africa not registered at birth

Civil registration is important. It is the first step to gaining legal identity, and among others, citizenship, but half of the population in Africa are not registered at birth. Speaking Monday October 14, 2019 at the opening of the 5th Conference of Africa Ministers responsible for Civil Registration, currently going …

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Global uncertainty slowing growth in Africa’s economies – World Bank

The World Bank’s 20th edition of Africa’s Pulse report has revealed that growth in Sub-Saharan Africa remains slow through 2019, hampered by persistent uncertainty in the global economy and the slow pace of domestic reforms. Africa’s Pulse is a biannual publication containing an analysis of the near-term macroeconomic outlook for …

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Security situation in Burkina Faso ‘number one concern’- French Ambassador

The French ambassador to Burkina Faso, Luc Hallade on Tuesday expressed concern about the worsening security situation in Burkina Faso amid an upsurge of terrorist attacks. “The security of the country is the number one concern for the Burkina authorities and thus it is also ours for the reason that …

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Ghana calls for the operationalisation of ECOWAS Protocol of Transhumance

Ghana has called on West African countries to fully operationalise the ECOWAS Protocol of Transhumance, which is geared towards developing a more efficient pastoral industry to increase livestock productivity. Dr Gyiele Nurah, a Minister of State at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture made the call when he opened the …

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Visitors to Munich’s Oktoberfest drank 7.3 million litres of beer

Munich’s Oktoberfest, the world’s largest beer festival, shut down for another year on Sunday, its visitors drinking some 7 million litres of brew. During the two weeks of Oktoberfest, some 6.3 million people visited the festival grounds, organizers said. While this was about the same number as last year, they …

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