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August 05, 2022 16:26 UTC
The world's poorest countries suffered from civil wars, ethnic and sectarian strife and then COVID-19 came along making bad situations worse. ChadCurrent International Dollars: 1,705 | Click To View GDP & Economic DataChad is the tenth-largest oil reserve holder among African nations—it is also among the ten poorest. Yet, it remains among the top 10 poorest countries in the world, with large sectors of the population continuing to live well below the poverty line. South SudanCurrent International Dollars: 928 | Click To View GDP & Economic DataSouth Sudan is the newest nation in the world. Source: International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook April 2022.
August 05, 2022 15:07 UTC
Kenyan presidential candidate George Wajackoyah speaks during an election campaign rally in Gatundu, Kenya, August 3, 2022. REUTERS/Baz Ratner NAIROBI, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Sexagenarian reggae aficionado and presidential candidate George Wajackoyah is convinced he has the right medicine for the ills troubling Kenya’s voters: a dose of marijuana and some hyena testicles. Voter registration among young people has fallen sharply, with many saying conventional politicians have failed to tackle rampant corruption, runaway inflation or joblessness. “I’ve created a new tribe, known as the ganja tribe,” he said, explaining his popularity. “If this man can do what he’s actually saying… we will go very far as a country.” ($1 = 119.0500 Kenyan shillings)
August 05, 2022 14:20 UTC
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August 05, 2022 12:42 UTC
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that the company is expanding its NFT and digital collectable support on the Instagram social media platform to countries in Africa and other continents. The international expansion follows the initial test launch of the product in May. Users will have to connect their digital wallets before they are able to post NFTs on their accounts. NFTs can be shared by users on their main feeds as well as in Stories and in direct messages. Edited by Luis MonzonFollow Luis Monzon on TwitterFollow IT News Africa on Twitter
August 05, 2022 12:10 UTC
Nearly a year ago, the UN chief released his report, Our Common Agenda (OCA), a blueprint for global cooperation moving forward, and reinvigorated multilateralism. "Business as usual will almost certainly guarantee a future of constant crises and devastating risks," stated the UN chief. It proposes a new global deal to divide up differently power and resources and re-establish social contracts to better manage future shocks and global crises. His second proposal, a Global Digital Compact, seeks an open, free and secure digital future and his third, a Declaration on Future Generations, includes establishing mechanisms to consider their needs as well as a dedicated envoy. An emergency platform to manage future global crises in a "fast, coordinated way," was his fifth proposal, saying the UN was uniquely placed to manage it.
August 05, 2022 11:48 UTC
The Super Falcons boycotted training before their third-place play-off against Zambia, on 22 July, over the non-payment of both bonuses and allowances. Each player is owed over $10,000, which includes win bonuses for their three victories en route to the semi-finals in Morocco. The NFF insists the money will be paid soon, but one member of the squad said the players have been "told different lies". BBC Sport Africa has contacted both the NFF and the Sports Ministry for comment. "The players should be getting the money this week because it's been processed," an NFF official told BBC Sport Africa on Wednesday.
August 05, 2022 10:56 UTC
Larissa Anderson, Lisa Tobin, Kaari Pitkin and Isaac Jones and Isaac Jones , Chris Wood andListen and follow The DailyApple Podcasts | Spotify | StitcherCharles Falls Jr., known as Chillie, loves to take cruises. But Covid, as it has done for so many, left him marooned at home in Virginia. As he told Cristal Duhaime, a producer at the Times podcast First Person, as soon as restrictions eased, he eagerly planned a return to the waves. But for Chillie, who suffers from prostate cancer, resuming his beloved travels — particularly aboard the cramped quarters of a cruise ship, most people’s idea of a pandemic nightmare — was especially perilous.
August 05, 2022 10:45 UTC
South Africa and Botswana have agreed to fund the improvement and extension of rail links between the countries in a bid to boost trade and better connect Botswana to export markets, South African state-owned logistics firm Transnet said on Friday. Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) will collaborate with Botswana Rail (BR) to fix parts of the 126 km (78 mile) rail line between Swartruggens, in South Africa's North West province, and Mafikeng, on the border with Botswana, helping South Africa's landlocked northern neighbour get its minerals, including thermal coal, to market. The rail revamp will enable heavy haul trains to travel from Botswana to South Africa's ports of Richards Bay and Durban, TFR said. TFR and BR will also build a rail line from Mamabula in Botswana to Lephalale in South Africa's Limpopo province. The two rail companies will work together to fight the "scourge of cable theft and infrastructure vandalism" that is impacting rail services, TFR said, adding this was a "rising problem" in Botswana.
August 05, 2022 10:27 UTC
South African mining company Anglo American has launched an incubator programme through its enterprise development arm Zimele. The programme will assist mainly youth- and women-owned businesses in areas around the firm’s operations in the North West, Limpopo and Northern Cape provinces. The goal is to help 500 startup businesses in rural communities become sustainable and successful companies. It will also assist them in identifying and engaging target markets and testing their products and services. “The programme was designed to get entrepreneurs to take their business from zero revenue to commercially viable entities that can improve the broader economic wellbeing of communities around the company’s mining and processing operations in South Africa,” said Zimele head Larisha Naidoo.
August 05, 2022 09:49 UTC
Kenya-based B2B and B2B2C insurance-as-a-service platform and API Lami has raised a US$3.7 million seed extension round to help it expand across Africa. Founded by Jihan Abass in 2018, Lami is a digital insurance platform that enables partner businesses – including banks, tech companies, and other entities – to easily and seamlessly offer digital insurance products to their users via its API. The seed extension round was led by Harlem Capital, an early-stage venture firm that invests in seed-stage tech-enabled startups, focused on minority and women founders. Harlem Capital said they were drawn to Lami by its diverse market scope and strategic approach to growth. Lami acquired counterpart Bluewave earlier this year in order to help it drive into more African markets.
August 05, 2022 08:32 UTC
Several factors impacting air cargo performance• Trade activity ramped up slightly in June as lockdowns in China due to Omicron were eased. • The war in Ukraine continues to impair cargo capacity used to serve Europe as several airlines based in Russia and Ukraine were key cargo players. June regional performanceAsia-Pacific airlines saw their air cargo volumes decrease by 2.1% in June 2022 compared to the same month in 2021. Latin American carriers reported an increase of 19.6% in cargo volumes in June 2022 compared to June 2021. African airlines saw cargo volumes increase by 5.7% in June 2022 compared to June 2021.
August 05, 2022 08:30 UTC
Latin American carriers reported an increase of 19.6 percent in cargo volumes in June 2022 compared to June 2021. Demand for the first half-year was 21.8 percent above 2021 levels and half-year capacity was 32.6 percent above 2021 levels. Air cargo performance is being impacted by several factors, says IATA: *Trade activity ramped-up slightly in June as lockdowns in China due to Omicron were eased. "Air cargo demand over the first half of 2022 was 2.2 percent above pre-Covid levels (first half 2019)," says Willie Walsh, Director General, IATA. Credit: IATAJune regional performanceAsia-Pacific airlines saw cargo volumes decline 2.1 percent in June 2022 compared to the same month in 2021.
August 05, 2022 08:20 UTC
The Tech African Women (TAW) programme has officially launched in the hopes of providing support and acceleration to women-owned African tech startups, taking their businesses from the idea stage into real-world operations. TAW is spearheaded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), in partnership with Betacube and invites female-led idea stage startups from Ethiopia, Senegal, Tanzania, and Tunisia to submit their applications to join. The program will run from August to December 2022 and is composed of 3 main phases:First, a series of intensive 3-day training bootcamps & pitching competitions to be held in Tunisia, Senegal, Ethiopia & Tanzania in partnership with local ecosystem players. “TAW targets female-led & idea-stage tech startups and offers these startup teams an exclusive opportunity to acquire new entrepreneurial skills, establish partnerships with their African peers, increase regional business visibility, and access funds,” reads the announcement of the initiative’s launch. Participants entering the program have to be nationals of Tunisia, Tanzania, Senegal, or Ethiopia and must have an idea of a tech startup that is addressing at least one of the SDGs.
August 05, 2022 07:59 UTC
The program promotes leading Iraqi business journalists and qualifies them to report on initiatives to reform the country’s economy. The training will focus on economic journalism and the approach of Solutions Journalism/Constructive Journalism. DW Akademie offers 5 modules of three days each on: specific economic issues, constructive journalism, new forms of content creation (e.g. data visualization, data journalism) and a TTT-training. DW Akademie invites interested trainers and experts to submit the documents by 15th August 2022, 23:59.
August 05, 2022 07:47 UTC