UTA President on responding to challenges & opportunities in Uganda’s tourism sector

Tourism is Uganda’s highest foreign exchange earner but low budget allocation to the sector is among issues affecting its growth. For more on the challenges as well as investment opportunities in the sector, CNBC Africa spoke to Pearl Kakooza, President of Uganda Tourism Association. She starts by explaining interventions made to help the sector recover from the effects COVID-19.

Rwanda passes new policy on privatization

In Rwanda, the Cabinet recently approved a new Privatization Policy and Strategy to improve the privatization process of state-owned enterprises as well as respond to the challenges observed.

How Rwanda plans to boost its tourism sector with skills development

Rwanda has positioned itself as a luxury tourism destination, taking the low-volume, high-value approach. In efforts to better service delivery in the tourism and hospitality industry, the country has invested heavily in skills development. CNBC Africa’s Tesi Kaven had a conversation with Julia Mut, the Global Program Manager of EF Education First, for more on how skills development can boost the tourism sector in Rwanda.

Trademark East Africa: How to revive regional trade hit hard by COVID-19 lock-down

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Why harmonization of travel protocols is key to reviving tourism in East Africa

From lockdowns and curfews to testing and quarantines, each member state of the East African Community has employed its own ways to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Now as the region undertakes revival of tourism, experts believe harmonizing travel protocols would be vital. Fred Odek, outgoing Chairperson of the East Africa Tourism Platform joins CNBC Africa for more.
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Here’s how Kenya plans to boost uptake of electric vehicles

By 2025, electric vehicle imports will make up five per cent of the total number of vehicles registered in Kenya according to a new government strategy that aims to accelerate adoption of electric vehicles in the country. The strategy will also require all new buildings to incorporate charging stations. To understand what this means to the automotive industry and the future electric mobility on the continent, CNBC Africa spoke to Dr. Rebekah Shirley, Chief Research Officer at Power For All.

RURA’s Director General speaks on new fares & public buses returning to full capacity

A recent cabinet resolution permitted public buses in Rwanda to operate at full capacity after months of running at half capacity as a measure to curb the spread of COVID-19. A few days after, Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) announced revised transport fares which have drawn criticism from the public. So are the new fares fair? Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority, Director General, Patrick Nyirishema explains.

South Sudan: Oil firm bids to set up regional refinery

Trinity Energy Limited, South Sudan's oil marketing firm is set to invest $10million in its Kenyan operations and also plans to build a $500 million crude oil refinery in South Sudan to serve the region with refined petroleum products. Parek Maduot, Director of Economic Development &Regional Integration, at the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region joins CNBC Africa for more.

COVID-19: Africa Academy of Sciences on the state of clinical trials in Africa

Pfizer and BioNTech have recently started phase III trials of a potential COVID-19 vaccine. This comes at a time when a joint the Regional Expert Committee on Traditional Medicine for COVID-19 formed by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and the African Union Commission for Social Affairs has endorsed a protocol for phase III clinical trials of herbal medicine for COVID-19 so what is the current state for clinical trials on the continent? Dr. Thomas Nyirenda, Director of Programs at the Africa Academy of Sciences joins CNBC Africa for more.

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Africa Tourism Partners on how to accelerate intra-African travel post-COVID-19

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Why harmonization of travel protocols is key to reviving tourism in East Africa

From lockdowns and curfews to testing and quarantines, each member state of the East African Community has employed its own ways to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Now as the region undertakes revival of tourism, experts believe harmonizing travel protocols would be vital. Fred Odek, outgoing Chairperson of the East Africa Tourism Platform joins CNBC Africa for more.

How Rwanda is leveraging tech to empower its teachers

It has been noted that building digital skills for the future is a key component in economic and social development.

UNCTAD on how to tackle trade barriers in Africa

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Tough conditions impact StanChart Kenya’s half-year results

Standard Chartered Kenya has reported a decline in the bank’s half year earnings while at the same time taking an interesting route of increasing its loan provisions. CNBC Africa’s Arnold Kwizera caught up with the bank’s CEO Kariuki Ngari for more.

Here’s how Kenya plans to boost uptake of electric vehicles

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Coronavirus – African Union Member States (54) reporting COVID-19 cases (116,049) deaths (3,488), and recoveries (46,714)

African Union Member States (54) reporting COVID-19 cases (116,049) deaths (3,488), and recoveries (46,714) by region: Central (12,426 cases; 350 deaths; 3,281 recoveries): Burundi (42; 1; 20), Cameroon (5,044; 171; 1,917), Central African Republic (652; 1; 22), Chad (687; 61; 244), Congo (487; 16; 147), DRC (2,402; 68; 340), Equatorial Guinea (719; 7; 22), Gabon (2,135; 14; 562), Sao Tome & Principe (258; 11; 7). Eastern (12,983; 351; 3,438): Comoros (87; 1; 21), Djibouti (2,468; 14; 1,079

Coronavirus – Rwanda: COVID-19 update, 25 May 2020

Total cases: 336 (+9) Tests: 59,369 (+892) Recovered: 238 (+1) Deaths: 0 Active cases: 98Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, Republic of Rwanda.Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus: African Union Member States reporting COVID-19 cases As of 26 May 2020, 9am EAT

Central (12,167 cases; 343 deaths; 3,226 recoveries): Burundi (42; 1; 20),Cameroon (4,890; 165; 1,865), Central African Republic (652; 1; 22), Chad (687; 61; 244), Congo (487; 16; 147), DRC (2,297; 67; 337), Equatorial Guinea (719; 7; 22), Gabon (2,135; 14; 562), Sao Tome & Principe (258; 11; 7) Eastern (12,809; 349; 3,409): Comoros (87; 1; 21), Djibouti (2,468; 14; 1,079), Eritrea (39; 0; 39), Ethiopia (655; 5; 159), Kenya (1,286; 52; 402), Madagascar (542; 2; 147), Mauritius (334; 10; 322),

Coronavirus – Africa: Urban refugees struggling to survive as economic impact of COVID19 worsens in East, Horn and Great Lakes of Africa

Download logoThis is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Charlie Yaxley – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Refugees in urban areas across the East, Horn and Great Lakes region of Africa are struggling to meet their most basic needs as the economic impact of COVID19 begins take hold. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency is working closely with governments and partners to find solutions for urban refug

Coronavirus – Democratic Republic of Congo: UAE sends medical aid to Congo in fight against COVID-19

Download logoThe UAE today sent an aid plane carrying six metric tons of medical supplies to the Democratic Republic of Congo. The aid will assist approximately 6,000 medical professionals as they work to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Commenting on the aid delivery, Hazza Mohammed Al Qahtani, UAE Ambassador to Rwanda, remarked, "The provision of aid today by the UAE underscores our deep partnership with the Congo, which forms a significant part of the fight against COVID-19 in Africa." "Cou

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WEF: How the rise of machines & AI will shape future of work

COVID-19 has accelerated the need for digitisation in the workspace – bringing both challenges and opportunities. In its latest future of work report, the World Economic Forum expects advances in artificial intelligence to eliminate 85 million jobs by 2025. In the same breath, the rise of machines is projected to create 97 million new jobs, leading to an overall addition of 12 million jobs. CNBC Africa spoke to Saadia Zahidi, Manging Director of the World Economic Forum for more.

Clicks reports solid FY earnings, outlines plans to increase online presence

Clicks reported a jump in full year earnings, declaring a final dividend of 450 cents per share. The company was deemed an essential service during lockdown, with its stores stayed open. With the intention to use its reach and distribution network, Clicks announced that it wants to sell a Covid-19 vaccine once it becomes available. Clicks CEO, Vikesh Ramsunder joins CNBC Africa for more.

Coronavirus – Africa: WHO COVID-19 Africa Update (21 October 2020)

Over 1.6 million confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent - with more than 1.3 million recoveries & 40,000 deaths cumulatively. View country figures & more with the WHO African Region COVID-19 Dashboard: https://arcg.is/XvuSX.Distributed by APO Group on behalf of WHO Regional Office for Africa.Media filesDownload logo
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Ethiopia suspends plan to privatise national carrier

In Ethiopia, the government announced suspension of the planned partial privatization of national carrier Ethiopian Airlines.

How the insurance sector can play a role in Africa’s recovery

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Kenya sees increase in value of exports despite COVID-19

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Ugandan opposition party headquarters raided by police

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How COVID-19 impacts the resumption of sporting events in East Africa

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve seen certain sporting activities return to our televisions slightly different than we had known them before. From the NBA Finals and the Champion’s League opting to exclude spectators all together; to events like the French Open allowing for only a percentage of their seats to be occupied by fans; new measures reducing contact is charactering the return of sports. So, could this be the next step for the East African sports industry? CNBC Africa spoke to Sports Analyst, Sharon Allela for more.

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How Africa’s youth can play an active role in the space industry

Over the weekend, the NASA apps Challenge in Kigali announced two winners that are going to represent Rwanda in the global NASA competition, on the side-lines of the event CNBC Africa spoke to Bwiza Charlotte, Co-Lead, NASA Space Apps, Kigali for more on this and what the future of the space industry in Africa for holds.

Taxi motos in Rwanda to go cashless

Motorcycle transport is one of the most popular means of moving about in Rwanda’s capital Kigali and in the continued bid to digitize the country’s transport sector all taxi motos as they are popularly known will only accept digital payments moving forward, but what does this mean for the complex transport system? CNBC Africa spoke to the COO of Tap&Go card, Malik Shaffy for more.

How Rwanda’s Private Sector Federation is preparing for CHOGM 2020

Ahead of the Commonwealth meeting that is set to take place from 22-24 June this year in Kigali, CNBC Africa’s Zwena Bachoo spoke to Robert Bapfakurera, Chairman of the Private Sector Federation to find out why this meeting is so important for the sector.

Rwanda continues with CHOGM preparation despite coronavirus outbreak

Rwanda Development Board (RDB) today met with the Private Sector Federation to discuss various business opportunities that they will be presenting during the Commonwealth Forum that is set to take place this year in June here in Kigali. Rwanda Development Board Chief Executive, Claire Akamanzi noted that the government and private sector partners will not halt the planning and preparation process – she also added that as the plans continue, they will keep monitoring developments on the virus's trends across the world to make further decisions. She joins CNBC Africa for more.

How Rwanda is looking to leverage its developing film industry through storytelling

This month will see the 6th annual edition of the Mashariki African Film Festival here in Kigali under the theme, "Kagire Inkuru" which means, “Tell the Tale”. The event will be a week-long affair featuring filmmakers from across the continent and will host screenings, panels and workshops including one entitled, "Girls In Cinema". CNBC Africa is joined by Kennedy Mazimpaka Communications Manager of Mashariki African Film Festival for more about what the event's relationship is to Rwanda's developing film industry.

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