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How Dubai is turning the desert into a mini city for EXPO 2020

With less than a year to the Dubai Expo 2020, CNBC’s Dan Murphy brings us up to speed on the progress as Dubai is turning a desert into a mini city.

EXPO 2020: How ready is Dubai to host the world?

The United Arab Emirate’s Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General of the Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau, her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy says Dubai is ready to work with the world and Africa will be fully represented in a strong way. She also notes that Dubai will be using the expo as a platform to launch the decade of action for the Sustainable Development Goals. CNBC Africa’s Chris Bishop caught up with her in Dubai to get more insight on plans for the expo....

DUBAI EXPO 2020: DCCI’s Omar Khan on integrating businesses

For African companies looking to do business in Dubai, ahead of the EXPO 2020, the Director for International Offices at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Omar Khan says the chamber is the official business integration partner for the expo 2020 and has seen an average of $42 billion worth of trade between Africa and Dubai in the past 4 years. CNBC Africa’s Chris Bishop caught up with him in Dubai to discuss this and more....

EXPO 2020: Dubai working to attract medical tourists

The CEO of Dubai-based company Amanat says medical tourism is one of the key objectives of the government of Dubai, as they are working to reduce the spend on foreign medical treatment which only a couple of years ago was about 12 billion dollars. CNBC Africa’s Chris Bishop discussed this and more with Tristan De Boysson, CEO of Amanat....

Mark Doumba on raising capital in Dubai

Dubai-based Mark Doumba is a former professional tennis player and the CEO of Innovate Capital and he says raising capital in Dubai is a gradual process and requires time to build relationships and trust. CNBC Africa's Chris Bishop caught up with him asked about how the investment landscape in Dubai has evolved since the 2008 financial crisis and more....

Feryal Ahmadi on what makes Africa attractive to investors

Feryal Ahmadi, Chief Operating Officer of the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre spoke to CNBC Africa’s Chris Bishop on the made for Africa trade, and the opportunities it presents for investors and other stakeholders....

EXPO 2020: Driving innovation in the payments space

The Managing Director of Network International, Andrew Key says the evolution of the payments market in Africa will happen differently. He also notes that Dubai is a real driver of innovation not only in the payments space. CNBC Africa's Chris Bishop caught up with him to discuss the evolution of the payments spaced more....

Global leaders issue call to action on COVID-19

An international group of 165 members including 92 former Presidents and Prime Ministers, along with current economic and health leaders in the developed and developing world are demanding the creation of a G20 executive task force and an immediate global pledging conference which would approve and co-ordinate a multi-billion dollar fund to fight the coronavirus pandemic. CNBC Africa's Kenneth Igbomor speaks to Professor Erik Berglof, Director of the Institute of Global Affairs at the School of Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science....

Ibrahim Mayaki outlines AUDA-NEPAD’s COVID-19 response plan

The African Union’s Development Agency-NEPAD says Africa has a window of opportunity to learn from the patterns, trends and experiences of high-risk countries that designed and implemented responses to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and protect populations from the socio-economic adverse impact. Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO of the African Union Development Agency- NEPAD joined CNBC Africa’s Kenneth Igbomor and Fifi Peters to share the agency’s response plan for COVID-19....

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South Africa’s National Treasury says “no further action” to bailout SAA airline

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Fitch expresses doubt over SA’s debt consolidation plans

Just last week finance minister Tito Mboweni outlined the emergency budget to nurse South Africa through the Covid-19 crisis. A big part of this budget was a plan for South Africa to get its debt under control within four years. Fitch Ratings, the agency that downgraded South Africa in April doubts whether South Africa can do this. CNBC Africa’s Chris Bishop spoke to Jan Friederich, Senior Director of Fitch Ratings for more.

Rwanda, USAID sign over $643.8 mn deal to support trans-formative development

Rwanda has signed a financing agreement with the USAID worth about $643.8 million to support Rwanda’s development efforts in the next five years. Moreover, Rwanda Convention Bureau announced the reopening of meetings and conferences. Edwin Ashimwe, Journalist with The New times joins CNBC Africa for more.

How COVID-19 is reshaping Kenya’s education system

On the continent, there has been an increased awareness of the impact of cultural practices on educational achievement that has challenged the education systems. In Kenya, the government is investing in all forms of education; however, experts have noted that for the rise of automation and technological advancements to be effective, an updated skill set is required. Ayub Odida, Researcher at ACAL Consulting joins CNBC Africa for more.