UAE makes Avani Barbarons Resort Available to Seychelles

SEYCHELLES, 04 April 2020 

Under the directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the ‘Avani Barbarons Seychelles Resort’ will be made available to the Government of Seychelles to be used by the Department of Health as a facility to accommodate their  health personnel and supporting frontline service members, in the efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19.

In addition to our weekly brief on the spread of COVID-19 and the actions that Africa CDC is taking to help member states, Africa CDC has begun to share a weekly brief detailing the latest changes in scientific knowledge and public health policy changes, as well as updates to the latest guidance from WHO and others.

(Togo First) - Togo’s ministry of culture, tourism, and leisure will rehabilitate the Kara hotel in the northern part of the country.

(Ecofin Agency) - Liberia will receive $640 million from the United States Agency for International Development to finance its development project for over five years (2019-24). The agreement deal was signed on May 22 with the United States.

(Business in Cameroon) - Nigerian giant Dangote Cement reports that its Cameroonian subsidiary controlled 38% of the local cement market in the first quarter of 2020.

(Togo First) – The agricultural processing areas that the Togolese government plans to set up, mainly through the creation of agropoles, will be developed through public-private partnerships (PPP). The elaboration of this strategy, as well as the instruments and incentives for its implementation, will be entrusted to a firm, to be selected by the government.

(Ecofin Agency) - The UK-based AgDevCo, which targets agribusinesses in sub-Saharan Africa, announced it has invested an undisclosed long-term loan in Pee Pee Tanzania Limited, a company that manufactures and distributes grain storage bags.

(Business in Cameroon) - Cameroonian flour production company Sitrabacam Sarl will soon create 110 additional jobs, the company’s promoters announce.

(Ecofin Agency) - The World Bank approved this week $500 million in low-interest loans and grants to battle locust swarms in Africa and the Middle East.


(Ecofin Agency) - The South African branch of the Vodacom group has become a standalone company with a new Managing Director in the person of Balesh Sharma.


(Ecofin Agency) - Airtel Nigeria weighted the most in the revenues of Airtel Africa over the financial year 2019 ending March 31, 2020. The Nigerian arm alone generated $1.4 billion, up 5% compared with the previous year and making 40% of the total Group’s revenues over the period.

(Ecofin Agency) - The government of Rwanda announced on May 21 the disbursement of $152 million to support the national airline -Rwandair- in this pandemic.

(Ecofin Agency) - On May 5, 2020, unveiled its highly criticized “Worldwide mobile data pricing: The cost of 1GB of mobile data in 228 countries” study ranking countries on the cost of 1GB. 

(Ecofin Agency) - The Ivorian government is investing CFA150.9 billion to boost the agricultural and farming sector amid the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was announced following a Presidential Council on the implementation of the economic social and humanitarian support plan initiated by the government to respond to the pandemic.

 (Ecofin Agency) - Moroccan startups with less than 18 months of activity and those with more than 3 years of recurring sales will benefit from a total of MAD350 million ($35.6 million) from development banks, banking groups, and insurance companies.

(WorldStage Newsonline) – The total value of capital importation into Nigeria  stood at $5.8 billion in the first quarter (Q1) of 2020, a 31.19 decrease compared to the first quarter of 2019 and an increase of 53.97 per cent compared to Q4 2019, according to  “Capital Importation” report released on Tuesday by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).