EAC Partner States Approve Labour Migration Policy
The Directors of Labour and Employment from the EAC Partner States have considered and approved the EAC Policy and Legal frameworks governing labour migration and the outcome of the national and regional consultations during the regional meeting of Experts in Bujumbura, Burundi.
Tanzania and Kenya resume air travel as they swiftly settle their dispute
Barely a day after the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) banned flights from Kenyan Airways (KQ), flights between both countries have resumed. This swift resolution came after both parties were able to sit down and squash the initial cause of the problem. Aviation dispute between both countries has been simmering for months.
Hoteliers, travellers say eTA is visa by another name
The introduction of Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) by Kenya after announcing a visa waiver is rushed, stakeholders on tourism and hospitality sectors say.
President William Ruto last year announced that Kenya grant visa-free to visitors at the beginning of 2024. But, when the programme was rolled out, visitors found themselves required to apply for the eTA at a cost of at least $30.
Africa free trade bloc: 31 countries to take part in 2024, will use new payment system
More than half of African nations will use the rules of a continental free-trade pact this year as the region moves closer to fully integrating into a single market.
Of the 47 countries that have ratified the African Continental Free Trade Area, 31 will join the so-called guided trade initiative, up from seven in 2023, AfCFTA Secretary-General Wamkele Mene said at a World Economic Forum panel in Davos Tuesday.
2024: A year of cautious hope for African economies facing worldwide challenges
As African economies look to the new year, countries across the continent are poised to make moderate economic gains but must navigate the maze of domestic and international challenges.
Evaluating China’s New Tariff-Free Policy For 6 African Countries
Experts have said China’s latest tariff-free policy for additional African countries may be a catalyst for new opportunities amid criticisms about the trade imbalance and concerns over Nigeria’s position on such economic programmes.
Benin lifts suspension of imported goods transiting to Niger
Benin has lifted its suspension of imported goods transiting to Niger through the port of Cotonou in a move that follows five months of sanctions on the coup-hit country.
Road connecting Kenya-Tanzania to be done by 2024
The road connecting Kenya and Tanzania that was commissioned under the East African Community last year is now over 35 percent done.
The Bagamoyo–Tanga-Horohoro/Lunga Lunga-Malindi Road project that is under construction is being financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB), African Development Fund (ADF), European Union (EU) and Government of Kenya.
EAC to revise economic targets to attain monetary union dream
The monetary union dream, the third pillar of the EAC economic integration, was planned to be realised by November 2023, setting the precedent for the issuance of a common currency in the region, but this has been missed.
Somalia officially admitted into EAC
The outgoing chairperson, Burundi’s President Evariste Ndayishimiye said the heads of state agreed to formally admit Somalia into the bloc, after the lengthy closed-door meeting which lasted more than...
The power of partnerships in driving MSMEs growth
New standards for sweet potato and pecans to facilitate international trade.
Sweet potatoes are becoming an important part of our cuisine: mashed sweet potatoes (American cuisine), sweet potato fries (international fusion), sweet potato gnocchi (Italian cuisine), roasted sweet potato and chickpea salad (Mediterranean cuisine).
Exports from African Businesses Up 50% with Huge Support from Women
ANKA, the ‘all in one’ Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform for African businesses, in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB), has published a white paper, illustrating the global growth of African businesses in the e-commerce space, spearheaded by women.
TPSF calls for inclusion of more products into AGOA
TANZANIA Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) has called for expansion of export products into the United States covered under African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) for Tanzania and African countries to reap more from the arrangement.
No Longer Needed: Kenya Cancels Visa Requirement for Nigerians, Other Africans.
Kenyan President has said that from 2024, Africans visiting Kenya will no longer need a visa According to him, the development aims to increase trade with African countries President Ruto also encouraged the reduction of customs tariffs inside the continent.
IMF Gives Nigeria, Ghana, Other African Countries Conditions For Debt Cancellation
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has dismissed the idea of total debt cancellation for Nigeria, Ghana, and other African countries. The IMF African Department Director, Abebe Selassie, said about 50% of total debts in African countries are domestic, making debt cancellations difficult.
World Bank warns Nigerian, Ethiopian, and Ugandan Central banks not to overplay their hand
The Central Banks of Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Uganda were cautioned by the World Bank to avoid taking any unusual initiatives that may jeopardize their monetary policies.
Radio Show Spotlights Impact of Digital Literacy in Ethiopia
EdTech Monday’s, which serves as a platform to foster critical conversations on using technology for teaching and learning, shifted its latest focus to digital literacy, recognizing that Ethiopia’s education system, like many others globally, is in a state of transition.
BRICS Expansion Aims to Reduce ‘Dollar’s Decades-Long Dominance’
Leaders of the BRICS countries reiterated their calls to evade the dollar and create a single currency that the group could use in joint transactions during their summit last August.
BRICS is going ahead with efforts to achieve its goal of “ousting the US dollar as the dominant global currency,” a US newspaper has reported.
Despite $3 billion bailout, Ghana has essentially gone bankrupt
The Ghanaian government has filed for bankruptcy after failing to pay billions of dollars it owed to international creditors in December.
Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso feel impact of France’s visa call
France has suspended student mobility with Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso and told new students from those countries who were about to start studies in France that they may not come after all. Current scholarship students without valid visas will also not be able to travel to France.
Kenya nationals to visit DR Congo visa free
Less than 10 percent of the population have bank accounts and just 13 percent can access mobile financial services, according to official data. Kenya has already increased its investment in this sector with Equity bank and KCB Bank already in the DRC.
Paving the way for affordable cross-border payments in Africa
According to the African Development Bank (AfDB), cross-border banking has emerged as a critical feature within Africa’s financial landscape. It not only facilitates transactions across regions for individuals but also plays a pivotal role in expanding markets and nurturing innovation for businesses.
XV BRICS Summit: President Samia spells out Tanzania’s position and interests
The well-organized BRICS Summit, much credit to the Government of South Africa, was the third and historical one to be hosted by South Africa.
Tanzania did not apply for BRICS membership this time around, but President Samia who was honoured to be invited to speak during the plenary session and at the luncheon at the Summit, made it clear that Tanzania will remain a true friend and partner of BRICS and supporter of all its constructive interventions.
Expansion, De-Dollarization on Agenda as South Africa Hosts BRICS
The BRICS group of developing economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – meet in Johannesburg from Tuesday to Thursday for their annual summit, during which expansion of the bloc is expected to figure high on the agenda.
Benin, Niger, Togo Owe Nigeria N132.2bn Energy Bills in 4 Years
Foreign customers in Benin, Togo and Niger have failed to pay over N132.2bn worth of electricity bills supplied to them by Nigeria from 2018 to the first quarter of 2023.
Analysis of quarterly reports produced by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) showed that the amount owed is from the N180.8bn billed to the customers from which they paid N48.57bn, meaning only 26.8 per cent was paid.
War leaves Sudan media in ‘turmoil’
The Sudanese Journalists Syndicate (SJS) yesterday highlighted the severe toll of the conflict on journalism, reporting that 13 newspapers have ceased operations. FM radio stations and channels have also halted broadcasts, with journalists grappling with unpaid wages and shortage of medicines since March.
31 journalists, media executives complete 2-week seminar on China’s media.
A total of 31 journalists and media executives from 13 countries across the world have completed a two-week seminar on China’s media convergence, communication strategies, and culture in Jinhua, Zhejiang province.
Kagame urges African leaders to enact investment policies.
President Paul Kagame on Thursday, August 3, issued a rallying call to fellow African leaders saying that governments must step up and enact enabling investment policies, to be able to attract major impactful investments such as the just-inaugurated Anjia Prefabricated Construction Cement Factory in Muhanga district, Southern Province.
For money, the media allowed to be captured.
The National Association of Broadcasters, media managers and experts, the ministries of Finance and that of ICT and National Guidance, are debating whether the government should give its advertising money only to Vision Group and Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) or include private media as well.
WAJIC 2023: Journalism experts outline challenges, innovative trends in media
Journalism experts across West African countries, on Tuesday and Wednesday, converged in Abuja to discuss the issues at the intersection of journalism and technological innovation models in the region.
The participants also highlighted the various concerns in media growth and development in West Africa and solutions that could enhance sustainability in the media ecosystem.
NAIROBI, Kenya, July 31 – The Government will make the port of Mombasa more efficient.
Working with partners, President William Ruto said, the Government is keen on transforming the port to be globally competitive.
He said reforms at the port are crucial for the country’s prosperity.
EAC unveils an online Tool to measure performance of One Stop Border Posts.
East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 10th July, 2023: The East African Community (EAC) has unveiled an online tool to measure the performance of the 22 One Stop Border Posts (OSBPs) across the region.
The EAC Secretary General in charge of Customs, Trade and Monetary Affairs, Ms. Annette Ssemuwumba, unveiled the One Stop Border Post Performance Measurement Tool on behalf of the EAC Secretary General, Hon. (Dr.) Peter Mathuki, during the opening session of the 14th African Union High Level Private Sector Forum that is taking place in Nairobi, Kenya this week.
US Africa Summit kicks off.
The US Africa Business Summit took off today in Gaborone, with over 1,200 delegates registered and the promise of deals being made across various economic sectors.
The summits, organised by the Corporate Council on Africa - a trade association focusing on strengthening commercial relationships between the United States and Africa – are the premier platforms for bringing together African heads of state and other senior US and African government officials with top African and American senior business executives.
The most interesting town in Europe.
A single Town sharing by two Countries! Wonders shall never end!
Mayor of Berlin
Indigenous Journalism: Territory and Environment.
The Earth Journalism Network (#EJN) and independent media outlet Agenda Propia and its Red Tejiendo Historias program present this e-learning #course to help Indigenous and non-Indigenous #journalists around the #world understand #journalism from the perspective of Indigenous people.
ARIJ introduces training for Egyptian women journalists [MENA]
#Egyptian women journalists can apply for this #training.
Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) is seeking #applications for a training #grant and #work as part of the "I will not remain silent" project.
How journalism can uncover women’s hidden stories within the cost of living crisis
Universally, #women are more concerned than men about the negative impact of the #cost of living crisis. #Research in #countries from both the Global North and South draws a consistent picture.
For example, in the U.S., #women are consistently more concerned about the country's economy, with 72% of #women vs. 64% of men describing its state as fair or poor. Other survey results from the U.S. have unearthed that #women are forced to trade off their health when making difficult spending choices, such as by delaying dental care and medical treatments, and 86% reported staying awake at night worrying about food costs. This also applies to the Global South...
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