Expo 2020

Coronavirus – Sudan: COVID-19 Country Preparedness and Response Plan (CPRP) – May 2020

Download logo1. BACKGROUND On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the 2019-nCoV outbreak a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)”. This decision was mainly to prevent spread of the virus in countries with weakest health systems so that all countries could be prepared for active surveillance, early detection, isolation and case management, contact tracing and mitigation of onward spread of COVID-19 infection. Coronaviruses (CoV) are of zoono

Coronavirus – Ethiopia: Notification Note on COVID-19 Situational Update – 6 May 2020

Download logoThe total laboratory tests conducted within 24 hours are 1382; of these seventeen (17) of them are confirmed positive for COVID-19 and the total confirmed cases as of today are One-Hundred-Sixty-Two (162). The tests were conducted at the Ethiopian Public Health Institute, Armauer Hanssen Reasearch Institute, Ethiopian Biotechnology Institute, International Clinical Laboratories, Adama Public Health Research and Referral Laboratory, Amhara Public Health Institute (Bahir Dar and Dessi

African Oil Producer Urges Nigeria and African Countries to Take a Position on Energy and Economic Diversification

If there is one thing that the current COVID-19 and oil prices crises have demonstrated, it is that African oil-producing nations are still not economically diverse. Despite repeated actions taken by governments over the past decade to diversify their economies, especially following the 2014-2016 African recessions, not enough has been done. Economic crises in African oil producing countries this year will be so severe they could reach double digit economic recessions. As countries like Nig

Coronavirus – Somalia: UNHCR provides critical assistance to flood victims in Somalia amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

Download logoThe Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency have airlifted vital humanitarian assistance to approximately 8,100 Somalis affected by flooding in South-West,Jubaland and Puntland States this past week. UNHCR is one of the first responders to lead delivery of emergency kits that include jerry cans, soap, blankets, sleeping mats, kitchen sets and plastic sheets to Baidoa, Bardheere and Qardho. During the first phase of the airlift, the FGS provided a ca

Coronavirus – Somalia: COVID-19 Impact Update No. 4 (As of 4 May 2020)

Download logoSituation Overview The exponential rise in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Somalia continues. From 26 April to 3 May, confirmed cases rose from 390 to 722, with 32 deaths and 44 recoveries. The new cases are largely due to community transmission. On 23 April, WHO warned that if the virus transmission is not slowed down rapidly, the patient surge and increasing demand for health care will overwhelm the country’s fragile health system. Somalia will need to make

Coronavirus – Ethiopia: International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board approves US$411 Million in Emergency Assistance to Ethiopia to address the COVID-19 Pandemic

Download logoEthiopia is facing a pronounced economic slowdown and an urgent balance of payments need owing to the COVID-19 pandemic; to address this urgent need, the IMF approved US$411 million emergency assistance for Ethiopia under the Rapid Financing Instrument. The country will also benefit from IMF debt service relief under the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust; the authorities have taken swift and decisive action to contain the impact of COVID-19 by strengthening the health system,

EXPO 2020: Dubai as an opportunity for business expansion

The Managing Director of Ideas91, Rohit Dev says Dubai has given businesses a great opportunity to expand and the success of his company hinges on the global connectivity Dubai provides. He also notes that Dubai gives companies all the tools to become successful. CNBC Africa's Chris Bishop caught up with him to discuss this and more....

Coronavirus – Africa: Situation update for the WHO African Region, External Situation Report 9 (29 April 2020)

Download logoA steady increase in the number of cases has been observed in the WHO African Region since the first case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was reported on 25 February 2020 in Algeria. All Member States have since been affected, with the exemption of Comoros and Lesotho where there have been no official reports of confirmed COVID-19 cases to date. Since our last situation report on 22 April 2020 (External Situation Report 8), there has been a 52% increase in the number of confi

S&P Affirms A/Stable Outlook & Notes African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI)’s ‘Policy Importance’ to the Region

Download logoATI (www.ATI-ACA.org) projected to maintain its ‘policy importance’ to Africa despite COVID-19 related economic challenges in the region. Rationale for the rating included: robust equity growth to US$349 million; strong top-line growth in 2019 posting a 70% increase in the Gross Written Premium over 2018 and a 134% increase in the Net Profit; and significant expansion in the shareholder base leading to a record US$6.4 billion Gross Exposure. The report also noted

The Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons pushes for Financing for Investment Projects post COVID-19

As African markets take the hit of the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons is pushing for the mobilisation of African capital to finance the recovery of the continent’s economies. In order advance the Year of Investment 2020 projects and have them backed by credible African investors, H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons of Equatorial Guinea, held a working meeting yesterday with senior representatives of the

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