Development Health Advice 

COVID-19 committee stresses need for equitable vaccine access, more data sharing

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus reported on the outcomes of the latest meeting of the Emergency Committee on COVID-19, held online the previous day.  Experts issued a statement calling for upgrading national capacity for genome sequencing, and greater data sharing, in efforts to monitor and respond to changes in the virus.    Tedros told journalists he was pleased they also emphasized that vaccines must be rolled out equitably.    “Health workers are exhausted, health systems are stretched and we’re seeing supplies of oxygen run dangerously low in some countries”, he…

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Africa Investments 

African Development Bank President, ten African Heads of State to be awarded for exceptional contribution to the AFCFTA process

What: AfDB President Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina and ten African Heads of State to receive an award for contribution to AfCFTA Who: Dr. Akinwumi Adesina President of the African Development Bank When: 15 January 2021,  12 :00 – 14 :00 GMT Where: Virtual African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina and ten African Heads of State and Government will receive awards for their role in the coming into force of  the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The event will take place on 15 January 2021, from 12:00 – 14:00 GMT. AfCFTA, the…

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Africa Investments 

The Great Green Wall and the African Development Bank’s TAAT: two bold initiatives planting Africa’s seeds of change

Just five years ago, Sudan’s farmers harvested a mere 472,000 tons of wheat from about a quarter-million hectares of land. Today, the Sahel country  is on the cusp of becoming a regional breadbasket. One of the reasons for Sudan’s agricultural turnaround is the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) program, which is funded by the African Development Bank. Within the next four years, TAAT aims to raise Africa’s food output by 100 million tons and lift 40 million people out of poverty by harnessing high-impact, proven technologies to raise agricultural…

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Africa Investments 

The African Development Bank appoints Mrs. Paula Santos Da Costa, Acting Director, Office of Integrity and Anti-Corruption

The African Development Bank Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Paula Santos Da Costa as Acting Director, Office of Integrity and Anticorruption, effective from 14 January 2021. Ms. Paula Santos Da Costa, a national of Guinea Bissau, is a seasoned lawyer with more than twenty years of experience in ethics, compliance, fiscal law, banking and money-laundering. Paula is currently the Head of the Ethics Office at the African Development Bank where she has undertaken several actions to significantly sharpen and improve the Ethics ecosystem for the Bank.…

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Development Health Advice 

Health experts arrive in Wuhan to investigate COVID-19 origins

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO Director-General, was addressing the latest session of the Emergency Committee on COVID-19 established under the International Health Regulations (IHR), a treaty that guides global response to public health risks.  The new coronavirus that sparked the pandemic first emerged in Wuhan in December 2019.  Tedros reported that most of the 15 members of the delayed mission are now in the city, although two people are still in Singapore awaiting COVID-19 test results.  “All members of the team had multiple negative PCR and antibody tests in their…

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Development Health Advice 

Israel: Ensure equal COVID-19 vaccine access to Palestinians – UN Independent experts 

“In this early stage of the worldwide inoculation programme, Israel has delivered the vaccines to a higher percentage of its citizens than any other country”, said Special Rapporteurs Michael Lynk and Tlaleng Mofokeng.  While noting that Israel has offered Palestinians with resident status in occupied East Jerusalem the vaccines, they noted however, that it has not ensured that those under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza will have any near-future access to the vaccine.   Rising COVID-19 cases  As coronavirus infections and deaths continue to rise steadily, the IUN World Health…

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Africa Investments 

Au Tchad, la Banque africaine de développement contribue au renforcement de la gouvernance et à l’amélioration des conditions de vie des populations

Entre les localités de Koumra et Sarh, dans le sud du Tchad, Brahim Amadaye regarde à perte de vue son champ de maïs puis laisse exploser sa joie : « cette année, la moisson a été abondante. Nous en avons assez pour la consommation familiale. Le surplus va être acheminé sur les marchés locaux à travers la route Koumra-Sarh que la Banque africaine de développement a aidé à construire. Masha Allah (Dieu soit loué) ! » Aider l’État à dépenser mieux et à sécuriser les allocations budgétaires dans le domaine social, tel est le double…

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Africa Investments 

Africa Investment Conference: African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina to join British Trade Commissioner Emma Wade-Smith for fireside chat

What: Africa Investment Conference Who: Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Africa Emma Wade-Smith, African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina When: Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 10.00 GMT to 15.30 GMT Where: Virtual       The Africa Investment Conference takes place as an array of trade agreements come into force, including the historic African Continental Free Trade Area. The one-day event will bring together UK and African businesses to discuss investment and partnership opportunities. President Akinwumi Adesina will take part in a fireside chat with Her Majesty’s UK Trade Commissioner for Africa Emma…

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Africa Business World 

World e-commerce leaders announce huge growth during pandemic

During the global pandemic, some of the world’s leading e-commerce companies have thrived with unexpected employee hires, massive turnover and agile operation procedures. Big players Amazon and Alibaba Group in particular have announced remarkable revenue growth in their respective regions, as reported by Compare the Market. For Amazon, a strategic diversion of product focus to COVID-19-related products such as sanitizers and face masks resulted in the significant influx of new employees. The company increased staff numbers by 34% from the previous year, while also increasing net sales by 40% from…

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Development Health Advice 

Step up surveillance of emerging coronavirus variants, WHO urges

Alongside monitoring, virus and serum samples should be shared via globally agreed mechanisms so that critical research can be promptly initiated each time, according to the agency.  “Our collective goal is to get ahead of the game and have a global mechanism to quickly identify and study variants of concern and understand their implications for disease control efforts,” said Ana Maria Henao Restrepo, Head of WHO’s R&D Blueprint.  She was speaking at a virtual meeting of scientists from around the globe, convened by the UN health agency, attended by over…

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