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As the continent’s premier energy event, as well as the biggest event to take place in Africa in 2021, African Energy Week (AEW) 2021 did not only comprise the best platform for a discussion on Africa’s energy future, but the ideal place for deal making and investment.

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Download logoMultilateral financial institutions on Tuesday discussed their role in promoting trade under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), an ambitious plan to create the world’s largest free trade zone since the founding of the World Trade Organization.

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This year, the financial community can look forward to the 27th edition of the SWIFT (SWIFT.com) African Regional Conference (ARC), taking place virtually on 23-24 November 2021. Due to the global pandemic, this event has shifted to a digital experience for the African community, making it easier than ever to be part of Africa’s premier financial services conference.

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Collaboration will produce local television series, National Geographic Kids Africa in 2022; Kenya-based WildlifeDirect will serve as producing partner and lead on-the-ground outreach program; the programme aims to motivate lasting, impactful behavioural change in young viewers and communities in Africa, inspiring the next generation of conservation leaders to care for the natural world and providing them with the knowledge and skills to understand, conserve, and protect it; the program aims to support the growth and expansion of Africa’s vital creative sector.

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Download logoThe leaders of six regional organizations in Africa are calling for stronger governance to fight antimicrobial resistance, or AMR, on the eve of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (18-24 November).

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Download logoThat history repeats itself need not be a bad thing in Africa, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa stressed during the opening ceremony of the second Intra-African Trade Fair in Durban, South Africa.

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Radisson Hotel Group (www.RadissonHotels.com) and REALITES Groupe are proud to announce the signing of Lincoln Casablanca, a Radisson Collection Hotel.  This historic signing, debuting Radisson Hotel Group’s third brand in Morocco, Radisson Collection, also marks the Group’s ninth hotel signing in Morocco this year, bringing its portfolio in the country to 11 hotels in operation and under development, and setting the Group firmly on track to exceed its ambition of reaching 15 hotels by 2025.

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A two-day conference that brought together women political players, civil society organisations, journalists and academics has amplified calls for inclusion of more women candidates in Somalia’s upcoming legislative elections. The conference, held with support of the Political Affairs Unit of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), is part of wider efforts advocating for more women representation in national politics.

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By Obbie Banda, Underwriter, African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI) (www.ATI-aca.org) In November 2017, the African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI) and the KfW Development Bank (https://bit.ly/3HnDYkC) jointly launched the Regional Liquidity Support Facility (RLSF) (https://bit.ly/3kKn6La) - a guarantee instrument designed to address the short-term liquidity risk faced by Independent Power Producers (IPPs) that sell electricity to state owned power utilities across sub-Saharan Africa.

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Home automation is on the rise across the globe and Africa is swiftly following suit. It’s easy to see why, as tomorrow’s tech savvy consumers can easily control energy efficiency, ensure safety, and reduce their carbon footprint, conveniently from the palm of their hands thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT).

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Download logoThe African Development Bank’s (AfDB.org) Coding for Employment (https://bit.ly/3kMNqEF) program will train over 500 digital ambassadors to lead a peer-to-peer training model set to expand digital skills to more African youth, especially in rural communities with limited internet connectivity.

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Cherishing the honour of being appointed Africa’s first Youth Unstoppable is only part of the dream that could become a reality and be the basis for a real breakthrough for young girls that play rugby.

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While the number of attacks from online resources (known as web threats) blocked by Kaspersky (https://Kaspersky.co.za/) in Kenya and Nigeria combined for the second quarter of 2021 decreased to 14.9 million from the 16.4 million blocked in the first quarter of the year, the number of unique malicious URLs detected and blocked by Kaspersky in these countries increased to reach 6.5 million combined, when compared to the 5.2 million of the previous quarter.

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Seeing reading as a key ingredient in life, APO Group’s (www.APO-opa.com) Senior Account Manager Sandra Buyole is making her mark in the world of literacy with her recent book review and interview in Kenya’s Business Daily Newspaper (https://bit.ly/3Ctf92V).

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Each entrepreneur receives non-refundable US$5,000; 68% of beneficiaries are women entrepreneurs The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), the leading philanthropy empowering African entrepreneurs from all 54 African countries, has selected 4,949 entrepreneurs from across Africa for its 2021 Entrepreneurship Programme.

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Download logoEndemic rape under-reported due to stigma, victim blaming; Police failure to investigate sexual violence deprives survivors of justice; 11,200 rape cases reported last year, including children raped to death

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Irube cantonment site, located in Eastern Equatoria, is one of four such sites in the state, and home to several personnel of the Sudan People's Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-iO) waiting to join the Necessary Unified Force in service of their country.

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Download logoThe Secretary-General reiterates his call for the immediate release of United Nations staff members detained in Ethiopia. As far as the Secretary-General is aware, the staff members are being held without charge, and no specific information has been provided regarding the reasons for their arrest.

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Download logoTwo years on from the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 — where governments, civil society and the private sector came together voluntarily to recommit to realizing the promises of the landmark 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo — the High-Level Commission on the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 Follow-up has launched its first report.

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Download logoThe COVID-19 crisis impacted an already weakened economy following cyclone Idai and a protracted drought. Containment and support measures introduced by the authorities helped in mitigating the adverse effects of the pandemic; economic activity is recovering, and mass vaccination continues steadily.

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Download logoPresident His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has received a letter from President Adama Barrow of the Republic of The Gambia, regarding bilateral relations. The letter was delivered to H.H.

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Download logoLawmakers around the world have a new resource to help them address gender inequality with the publication of the new IPU and UN Women Handbook on gender-responsive law making. The handbook is timely as countries put in place COVID-19 recovery plans and work to rebuild more equitable and inclusive societies.

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Africa’s Great Green Wall (GGW) programme to combat desertification in the Sahel region  is not only crucial to the battle against climate change but also makes commercial sense for investors, a new study led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and published in Nature Sustainability shows.

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The Ghana Police Service (GPS) has deployed a new contingent of Police officers to serve under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). A team of 113 newly deployed personnel, from the Formed Police Unit (FPU), arrived in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Monday, to begin their one-year tour of duty and help build the capacity of their counterparts in the Somali Police Force (SPF).

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