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Africa cannot go back to ‘business as usual’ when COVID-19 pandemic is over

By Babatunde Omilola Like every other pandemic that the world has experienced in the past, coronavirus will eventually come to an end. It will be defeated, and life return to normal. But it will teach us an important lesson: the need to invest in health infrastructure across the world, and particularly in Africa. For centuries, Read more

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COVID-19: AfDB Group unveils $10 billion Response Facility to curb coronavirus

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, April 8, 2020/ — The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) on Wednesday announced the creation of the COVID-19 Response Facility to assist regional member countries in fighting the pandemic. The Facility is the latest measure taken by the Bank to respond to the pandemic and will be the institution’s primary channel for Read more

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Coronavirus: WHO raises concern over growing COVID-19 cases in Africa

…virus threatening the continent’s fragile health system BRAZZAVILLE, Congo (Republic of the), April 2, 2020/ — With more than 6000 COVID-19 cases reported in Africa, the virus is threatening fragile health systems on the continent. Infections are increasingly spreading not only between African countries but within different localities in the hardest-hit countries. For instance, in Read more

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Jack Ma, Alibaba Foundations donate COVID-19 Medical Equipment to African Union Member States

Africa Africa’s response to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak received a boost today as the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and the Government of Ethiopia received a consignment of medical equipment from the Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations. The shipment included over 1.5 million laboratory diagnostic test kits and over 100 Read more

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Africa: International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation recognized as Best Islamic Financier at TFG Trade Awards 2020

JEDDAH, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, March 23, 2020/ — The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), a member of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group, has been named ‘Best Islamic Financier’ by the trade finance platform, Trade Finance Global in cooperation with BAFT. The international work carried out by banks, financial institutions and technology vendors Read more

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COVID-19: Niger records index case – Coronavirus now in 36 African countries

Niger Republic became the 36th African nation to record index case of coronavirus following the announcement of the first victim in the country. The country’s Health Ministry in a statement, on Thursday night, identified the victim as a man working for a transport company. He travelled to Niamey, the Nigerien capital from the Ghanaian capital Read more

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AFFM launches $2.2m project in Nigeria to boost fertilizer supply to 200,000 farmers

ABUJA, Nigeria, March 16, 2020/ — The Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism (AFFM) has kick-started a $2.2 million project to provide fertilizer suppliers in Nigeria with financial support to improve supply for 200,000 smallholder farmers. The trade credit guarantee project is AFFM’s first in the West African nation and will involve 10 fertilizer suppliers, 12 hub Read more