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ECA Conference of Ministers calls for bold action to drive AfCFTA

ECA Conference of Ministers

The potential for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to become a powerful tool for driving industrialisation, economic diversification and development has been highlighted at the start of the UN Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) Conference of Ministers in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). The four-day event, holding from May 11 to 15, aims to advance the ambitious initiative to form ...

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Shell fund supports Nigerian contractors with N472b loans

Shell

Some 290 Nigerian contractors have received loans worth more than N472 billion under the Shell Contractor Support Fund, which was set up by Shell companies in Nigeria to help vendors and suppliers in the oil and gas industry secure funds at reduced interest rates, relaxed collateral requirements and quicker processing time. Also, Shell Companies in Nigeria awarded contracts worth over ...

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AfDB, Portugal to unlock growth opportunities in Lusaphone countries

Adesina Teresa Ribeiro

To help unlock economic growth, the African Development Bank (afDB) is coordinating the implementation of an integrated development strategy for Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa. In preparation for the rollout of this initiative, the bank and the Government of Portugal have signed an agreement to provide language training to African Development Bank staff interested in learning Portuguese, as well as professional ...

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Realnews launches Mobile App

Maureen Chigbo

The Realnews Magazine and Publications Limited, a Nigerian-based news publication outfit, has created an Android and Windows 10 Mobile Apps for Realnews magazine, its online publication. The Apps can be downloaded via links below for national, regional and international news and breaking stories. The Android link is: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.realnews.magazine&hl=en The Windows link is: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/realnews-magazine/9p9sgk05vx35 Through the Apps, Realnews will be disseminating well investigated stories on national and international issues ...

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Three $2.4m projects to spur SME development in Africa

Olivier Eweck

Donors to the Fund for African Private Sector Assistance (FAPA) – consisting of the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Government of Japan and the Government of Austria – have approved three catalytic projects totalling some $2,480,000 to stimulate the growth of Africa’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs). These grants will help strengthen the participation of Africa’s SMEs in financial markets and the ...

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Nigeria, EU, UNODC renew commitments against terrorism, unfold new project

Yury Fedotov

The ongoing fight against terrorism in Nigeria received a boost as the European Union unfolded a three-year funding plans commencing in April 2018. This was the highpoint of a final Project Steering Committee meeting involving Nigerian, European Union (EU), and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) officials to reflect on the achievements made under the second phase of ...

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Africa must build digital infrastructure to compete in 4th Industrial Revolution, says Adesina

Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank

To compete at the accelerated pace of technological innovations and the 4th Industrial Revolution, Africa has to put in more money into training its people and equipping them with the skills they need for the jobs of the future, Akinwumi Adesina, the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), has said. He also called on African countries to rethink the ...

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AfDB’s Economic Outlook shows decline in regional economies

Célestin-Monga

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has expanded its flagship publication, the African Economic Outlook, with five regional reports. The regional economic studies were released in Tunis (North Africa), Abidjan (West and Central Africa), Nairobi (Eastern Africa) and Pretoria (Southern Africa). “By offering regional approaches for the first time, we want to leverage the Bank’s expertise and give more depth of analysis ...

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Not Too Young To Run campaign: How Buhari can make history

Hamzat Lawal

If there is one thing on which political thinkers all over the world agree on, it is the idea that a leader has no glowing legacy or historic impact unless he or she has a robust successor plan. The baton of personalised political principles must be transmitted to a prepared protégé. However, present day democratic realities have made the world ...

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Shell wins Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry games for record third time

Shell Petroleum Development Company

For the third time running, Shell has won the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry Games (NOGIG), posting a commanding victory streak in the history of the 30-year old biennial competition. At the end of the week-long NOGIG 2018 in Lagos, Team Shell topped the medal table with 11 gold, 11 silver and eight bronze, leaving the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation ...

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