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Download logoSouthern Africa is facing an upsurge in COVID-19 cases for the third consecutive week as the winter season in the region approaches. The uptick has broken a two-month-long decline in overall infections recorded across the continent.

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By Sergio Pugliese, President of the African Energy Chamber for Angola Angola’s energy transition continues to power the country’s grid and cultivate socioeconomic opportunities. Angola is among Africa’s top oil producing nations, with oil reserves estimated at 9 billion barrels, gas reserves at 11 trillion cubic feet and production measured at approximately 1.22 million barrels of oil per day in 2021.

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Investment in Africa’s energy sector and the role of African investment banks, harmonized regulations, and improved ease of doing business was debated and unpacked during an oil industry business forum organized by the African Energy Chamber (www.EnergyChamber.org) on May 11 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

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Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić has been named the 2021-22 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player, the NBA (www.NBA.com) announced today. Download document (1): https://bit.ly/3svVqh8 This is the second Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award for Jokić, who also earned the honor last season.

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Following a three-day International Symposium bringing together medical experts from 29 African countries, Ministers of Health from around Africa converged in an historic moment to draft a clear path towards wider and safer access to surgical care in Africa by 2030.

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Download logoWith hopes for countering global warming pinned on progress at the upcoming COP27 UN Climate Change Conference in Egypt, a new report from the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) (www.AfricaFC.org), Africa’s leading infrastructure solutions provider, sets out the continent’s stance by balancing the need for emissions reduction with critical development imperatives.

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The African Energy Chamber (AEC), the voice of the African energy sector, is pleased to announce Antonio Oburu Ondo, Managing Director of the national oil company (NOC) of Equatorial Guinea, GEPetrol, will attend and participate at Africa’s leading investment platform for the oil and gas sector, African Energy Week (AEW) (www.AECWeek.com), which will take place from 18 – 21 October 2022 in Cape Town.

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Tapping into the ECP global and pan-African network of energy professionals, together with over 100,000 online audience participants, Cape Town-based energy events organizer, Energy Capital & Power (ECP) (www.EnergyCapitalPower.com) continues to connect investors, industry leaders, both public and private sector decision-makers and government across the entire energy value chain.

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Download logoFIFA (www.FIFA.com) World Cup™ winners Iker Casillas and Kaká send original FIFA World Cup™ Trophy on global journey that will include all 32 qualifying countries for the first time; Original FIFA World Cup™ Trophy unveiled at Dubai’s Coca-Cola Arena before it embarks on its fifth journey, travelling to 51 countries and territories.

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Egypt's Minister for International Cooperation, H. E. Dr. Rania Al-Mashat has announced that Egypt will host the 8th edition of the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) (www.AWIEForum.org) conference and awards on 26 – 27 September in Cairo.

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As global pressures mount to transition to cleaner sources of fuel, Africa continues to struggle with high energy poverty and slow rates of economic growth. To mitigate this, and correspondingly reduce carbon emissions, Africa is committed to utilizing every energy resource at the continent’s disposal, and natural gas has emerged as the most suitable.

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The COVID-19 pandemic's immense impact on businesses can no longer be ignored. It has become a tremendous stimulant for transformation projects in African enterprises across nearly all markets, with organisations investing resources, time and considerable effort in upgrading their digital services in hopes of taking advantage of the rapid digital revolution that is taking Africa by storm.

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Download logoEconomic ties between the UK and Ghana were boosted this week as the UK-Ghana Business Council (UKGBC) met in London. Minister for Africa Vicky Ford and Minister for Trade Policy Penny Mordaunt co-chaired the discussions and Minister for Trade & Industry Alan Kyerematen led the senior delegation from Ghana.

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Download logoHE the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad Al-Muraikhi met today with HE the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Jan Lipavsky and HE Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Central African Republic Sylvie Baipo Temon on the sidelines of the ministerial meeting of member states of the Global Coalition against Daesh in Marrakesh, Kingdom of Morocco.

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During his 3-day visit to Somalia, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari visited North Galkacyo in Puntland state of Somalia to oversee WHO’s ongoing drought response activities, see the work of community health workers in delivering integrated health and nutrition services to the people displaced by the recent drought in Somalia and also visit one of the internally displaced population’s camps to see the challenges faced by the communities in meeting their health, nutrition, food and water and sanitation needs.

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Download logoThe United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative for Mauritius and Seychelles, Ms. Amanda Serumaga paid a courtesy call on Minister Sylvestre Radegonde yesterday at Maison Quéau de Quinssy. Ms. Serumaga is currently on a working visit in Seychelles, where she will be having meetings with high government officials.

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Download logoThe overall objective of the Centre of Excellence for Social Protection (CEPS), an initiative of the Government of Senegal, in particular the Ministry of Community Development, Social  Equity, is to provide a platform for the exchange and sharing of innovative development solutions, knowledge, experiences, and good practices, and at the same time for learning in the field of social protection and poverty reduction, mainly between African countries in the broader framework of the South-South cooperation.

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ECOWAS and its Member States’ Ambassadors are charting a way forward for regional stability, peace and security. The intensified cooperation was reinforced at the thematic briefing session with Member States’ Ambassadors which held on the 10th of May in Abuja, Nigeria.

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Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi formally launched the 5th Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour which will be held from 15-20 May in South Africa to help find solutions toward the elimination of child labour.

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Download logoAs recently confirmed by FIFA (www.FIFA.com), the Chilean Football Association has lodged a complaint with the FIFA Disciplinary Committee in which it made a series of allegations concerning the possible falsification of documents granting Ecuadorian nationality to the player Byron David Castillo Segura, as well as the possible illegibility of the said player to participate in eight qualifying matches of the national team of the Ecuadorian Football Association (FEF) in the preliminary competition of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

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The Director of the Department of Environment, Mr. Stanley Damane says Lesotho is facing an imminent and serious plastic waste problem as part of the solid waste that has to be dealt with.

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By Kelly-Ann Mealia, Co-Founder and Chairperson, Energy Capital & Power (www.EnergyCapitalPower.com) As South Africa experienced Stage 4 load-shedding last week, state-owned utility Eskom announced plans to issue a request for proposals (RFP) for the supply of gas to the Ankerlig and Gourikwa open-cycle gas turbine (OCGT) power stations in the Western Cape province.

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Download logoCorteva Agriscience (www.Corteva.com) today launches Zorvec® Encantia®, a new fungicide that specifically targets late blight, a detrimental pathogen currently compromising local potato growth. The solution, based on Zorvec® active, is the first member of a novel class of fungicides, which effectively utilises a unique biochemical mode of action, and has no cross-resistance with existing fungicides.

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Boomplay (www.Boomplay.com), the #1 music streaming service in Africa, has announced that they received IAB Tech Lab's Open Measurement SDK (OM SDK) Integration certification. The Open Measurement SDK, provided by IAB Tech Lab, is a viewability measurement SDK for in-app advertising and desktop and mobile web browsers.

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