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Inside Africa’s drive to boost medicines and vaccine manufacturing

Addis Ababa – With COVID-19 vaccine supplies to Africa slowing down, the continent is working to boost its own manufacturing capacities for vaccines, medicines and vital health technologies. Mrs Biruk Abate Halallo, Health Attaché at Ethiopia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations Offices…

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African Development Bank Board approves water policy

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group has approved a new policy on water, prioritizing water security and the transformation of water assets to foster sustainable, green and inclusive economic growth in regional member countries. “This new policy on water…

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Rights Groups Say Villagers Not Compensated for East Africa Oil Pipeline

KAMPALA – Chinese and French oil companies involved in the East African Crude Oil Pipeline project, to be built from Uganda to Tanzania, say affected villagers are being compensated. But rights groups representing hundreds of families who will be displaced by the project…

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US Jobless Benefit Claims Increased Again Last Week

U.S. unemployment benefit claims rose again last week, the Labor Department reported Thursday, as the surging number of coronavirus cases restricts many businesses throughout the world’s biggest economy. Seasonally adjusted, a total of 885,000 laid-off workers filed for jobless compensation last week, up…

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UN Raises $1.7 Billion for Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso

NEW YORK – The United Nations said Tuesday it has received preliminary pledges of about $1.7 billion for the central Sahel countries of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger at a donors’ conference in Copenhagen. “This represents substantial success,” U.N. Humanitarian Chief Mark Lowcock…

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Uganda’s ‘Taxi Divas’ Rise From Covid-19’s Economic Gloom

KAMPALA, UGANDA – The women grappled with each other inside the vehicle. The driver jerked to ease the grip around her neck, then turned to elbow her attacker in the back seat. She flung the door open to make her escape, ending the…

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UN Envoy Welcomes Transitional Government in Mali

NEW YORK – The U.N.’s top envoy for Mali said Thursday that “success is within reach” with the formation of a transitional civilian government and the lifting of crippling sanctions imposed by West African regional bloc, ECOWAS. “The transition stands as an opportunity…

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UN FAO Pledges $70 Million to Help Sudan Families

KHARTOUM, SUDAN – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has pledged $70 million to support 600,000 Sudanese families affected by severe flooding caused by record heavy rainfall this year. The FAO’s director of emergency response, Dominique Burgeon, told the agriculture ministry…

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Economists Urge New Economic System for South Sudan

JUBA/GENEVA — While some South Sudanese experts recommend the government adopt a new economic system used by developing states to cut off black market currency exchange and stabilize skyrocketing prices, a new U.N. panel report says the real problem in South Sudan is…

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Sudan Businesses Feel Pinch as Currency Devalues, Inflation Soars  

KHARTOUM – Sudan this month  declared an economic emergency  after the Sudanese pound lost 40  percent  of its value in one month and annual  inflation jumped to 167 percent.  Sudan’s transitional authorities have struggled to stabilize the currency,  the weakness of which helped fuel the protests against former president  Omar…

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