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The anatomy of investing for sustainable development in Africa

– – As economies across Africa look to recover from the economic devastation wrought by COVID-19 and the global supply chain issues that followed it, investment will be more important than ever. But it’s also becoming increasingly obvious that if the continent is to achieve its true potential, a different kind of investment strategy is needed. In addition to health and welfare, the last two years have also sharpened an already growing consciousness about the environment and climate. With the world scrambling to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees above…

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Africa World 

COVAX surpasses 1.5 billion COVID-19 vaccine deliveries

– – COVAX, the international coalition that is responsible for making Covid-19 vaccines accessible to countries around the world has surpassed the milestone of 1.5 billion deliveries. It has said that the COVID-19 vaccines delivered around the world had reached 1.5 billion, following a shipment of 2.26 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to Tanzania. A little over 15 months since its first international delivery to Ghana, COVAX has now shipped COVID-19 vaccines to 145 countries across the world. Nearly 90% of these have been fully funded doses…

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Travel & Tourism in Africa to create 14 million new jobs in 10 years

– – The World Travel & Tourism Council’s latest Economic Impact Report (EIR) has revealed that the African Travel & Tourism sector is expected to create almost 14 million new jobs over the next decade. The positive forecast from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), which shows an average of 1.4 million new jobs every year, also reveals the sector will lead the economic recovery in the region, with its annual GDP growth set to outpace the overall economy for the next 10 years. According to the report, Travel…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Gold Coast Elmina: How Africa’s Gold Changed The World

– – In the new documentary film titled “Gold Coast Elmina” Ghanaian author Seyram Agbleze tells the story of Elmina. In present day Ghana, Elmina remains only a shadow of itself and an average community in the Central region however it was in this same community that Europe made its historic contact with Africa centuries ago. The first Portuguese sailors that arrived on the coast of Elmina documented their observations, recording that even the lowest ranked people in this society were adorned with pricey gold jewelry. This would lead them…

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Africa Featured Southern Africa World Zambia 

Zambia: High rates of maternal deaths spark concerns

– – Mid wives around the world, celebrated their day, this month on 5th May, under the theme ‘100 Years of Progress’. For Zambian midwives and the health ministry, however, the International Day of the Midwife celebrations may have been bittersweet, thanks to the many cases of maternal health failings experienced in the country. The Ministry of Health, in Zambia, is concerned that the rate of infant mortality in the country, continues to be high. Health Minister, Sylvia Masebo, disclosed, recently, that Zambia was losing over 700 mothers every year…

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Ghana’s plan to reclassify popular forest reserve sparks concerns

– – More than fifteen Civil Society Organization (CSOs) promoting environmental management are fiercely resisting moves by the government to reclassify the Achimota forest reserve for redevelopment. There has been an outcry over reports that President Akufo-Addo has granted Executive Approval for the 92-year-old national forest reserve to be re-classified. The document widely circulated on social media, suggested that the classification of the Achimota Forest Reserve has been lifted to pave way for a possible redevelopment for other purposes. The Instrument gazetted on behalf of President Akufo-Addo by the Lands…

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Africa Southern Africa World Zambia 

Zambia: Anger as embassies fly gay pride flags

– – The Swedish and Finnish embassies in Zambia have incurred the wrath of some Zambains after raising the rainbow flag on the premises. The flag which were hoisted together with the country’s national flags was a symbol of support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and queer pride and LGBT social movements. Same-sex relationships are outlawed in Zambia, where British colonial-era laws on homosexuality still apply. The Swedish embassy in Zambia tweeted the rainbow flag using the hashtag #Idahot2022, which stands for International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism…

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Africa Mali West Africa World 

Mali pulls out of West African military force

– – The military government of Mali has withdrawn from a multinational military force fighting Islamist militants in the West Africa’s Sahel region. The West African state is protesting against its rejection as head of the G5 regional group that also includes Mauritania, Chad, Burkina Faso and Niger. A statement by Mali’s junta, which ousted former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta in a 2020 coup, also blamed a lack of progress in the fight against the Islamists and the failure to hold recent meetings in Mali. “Bamako firmly rejects the argument…

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Africa Nigeria West Africa World 

Nigeria: Anger and riots over the killing of a female student

– – There is outrage over the killing of a female Nigerian student over her social media post. The level 200 university student was allegedly beaten and burnt to death by fellow students in north-western Nigeria after she was accused of making a blasphemous social media post. According to a police statement, Deborah Samuel was killed in the Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto state after being accused of “making a social media post that blasphemed Prophet Muhammad”. Authorities have closed the school indefinitely, in a bid to calm frayed…

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Africa Business Ghana World 

Ghana’s inflation rises to highest level in 18 years

– – Ghana’s inflation rate has risen to the highest level in more than 18 years in April. Inflation for the month rose to 23.6% from 19.4% in March. Government Statistician Professor Samuel Kobina Annim told journalists in Accra that the rate is the highest since January 2004. Food-price growth surged to 26.6% year-on-year from 22.4% in March and non-food inflation accelerated to 21.3% in April from 17% the previous month. Prices jumped 5.8% in the month. “Headline inflation, stoked by higher costs of imported goods such as cooking oil…

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