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Operational Phase Of The African Continental Free Trade Area Launched

The 12th Extraordinary summit of the African Union which was held in Niamey on the 7th of July 2019 was a momentous occasion for Africa, as it saw the successful launching of the operational phase of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The AfCFTA agreement was adopted and opened for signature on 21 March 2018 in Kigali and …

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World Bank Introduces Innovative Scorecard for Accountability Measurement

 The World Bank Group unveiled a framework on Tuesday for measuring the results of its development work with 22 indicators in what a top official called an important advance in the bank’s push to increase transparency and accountability. Anna Bjerde, the World Bank’s managing director of operations, said the scorecard would allow its shareholders and …

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Cameroon: 52 footballers suspended for “double identity”

A member of Cameroon’s African Cup of Nations squad is among 52 players who face being excluded from the playoffs for the country’s premier national championship due to irregularities in their registration. Wilfried Nathan Douala and 51 other players considered by the Cameroonian Football Federation to have a “double identity” lied about their age and …

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Africa: Visa Intensifies Global Assistance for Small and Micro Businesses.

Visa and the Visa Foundation have recently unveiled their extensive commitment to bolstering small and micro businesses (SMBs) across the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) region and worldwide. In a landmark move, the Visa Foundation has pledged a substantial $100 million over five years to empower underserved and women-led SMBs within APEC economies, aiming to boost …

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AfriSummit 2023: African Health Authorities and Industry Leaders Unite to Discuss Pharma Regulations and Innovations.

In Cairo, Egypt, the AfriSummit 2023 brought together prominent healthcare authorities and industry experts in a groundbreaking four-day hybrid event dedicated to exploring the latest advancements in pharmaceutical and medical device regulations across Africa. Drawing over 300 delegates from diverse sectors and featuring 80 thought leaders from regulatory, legal, manufacturing, and distribution spheres, the summit …

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Africa Calls for Emphasis on Climate Finance Ahead of COP 28 Summit.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is set to take a prominent role in driving climate action at the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) by emphasizing the continent’s needs and advocating for robust commitments from wealthier nations. Under the leadership of President Dr Akinwumi Adesina, the AfDB plans to introduce and solidify numerous climate-focused initiatives …

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South Africa: BT Joins Forces with Digital Realty to Empower Customers in Leveraging Data Value.

BT has unveiled its revolutionary Global Fabric network-as-a-service (NaaS) in collaboration with Digital Realty’s carrier neutral facilities (CNFs) across strategic locations worldwide. This innovative initiative aims to assist customers in maximizing the potential of their data by ensuring secure and compliant access across their businesses, providing IT leaders with centralized control of connectivity and enhancing …

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Liberia Election: Crowd Injured as Vehicle Hits Supporters Celebrating President-elect Boakai’s Win.

Several individuals were left injured, and there are concerns about fatalities in Liberia after a vehicle plowed into supporters of President-elect Joseph Boakai. Authorities have labeled the incident as an “accident,” but Joseph Boakai’s Unity Party (UP) referred to it as a “barbaric act of domestic terrorism.” This occurrence transpired shortly after Liberia’s electoral commission …

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AI-Powered Impersonation: Fraudsters Mimic African Union Chief Moussa Faki

The African Union Commission has become a victim of cybercrime, as malevolent actors harnessed artificial intelligence tools to replicate the identity of AU Chairperson Moussa Faki. Faki, who presides over the AU Commission, habitually employs formal correspondence, known as a “note verbale,” when initiating calls with global leaders or coordinating high-level meetings. These impostors, however, …

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WHO Grants Approval for Second Malaria Vaccine Targeting Children

The World Health Organization (WHO) has given its approval to a second malaria vaccine, potentially providing countries with a more affordable and accessible option compared to the first malaria vaccine. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the authorization of the new malaria vaccine based on the recommendations of two expert groups, particularly for its use …

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