DRC – The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has won approval of a $21.5 million grant from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) to jump-start sustainable management of its critically important forest sector to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and strengthen forest governance.
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NIGERIA – African Exchange Holdings (AFEX), a pan-African holding company founded by Tony O. Elumelu, Chairman of Heirs Holdings, Nicolas Berggruen, Chairman of Berggruen Holdings, and Jendayi Frazer, President of 50 Ventures, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture to create a pioneering warehouse receipt system that will enable Nigerian farmers and cooperatives to safely store their produce at accredited warehouses.
Switzerland – The postgraduate continuing education introduced by the University of Basel has proved successful and attracted many participants according to the university source. In May 2013, the CASB successfully introduced the postgraduate continuing education programme – Certificate of Advanced Studies - in African Affairs and Intercultural Competence.
Guinea: Aggreko (http://www.aggreko.com), the world leader in the provision of temporary power and temperature control services has signed contracts with Electricité de Guinée (EDG) to deliver a 50 MW temporary power package to help alleviate power shortages currently affecting the capital Conakry.
NORWAY – Norway is supporting the African Development Bank’s African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) with a contribution of NOK 30 million (about US $4.9 million), as a core contribution towards the ALSF 2013-2014 work program.
Cote d’Ivoire: The National Press Council (CNP), the statutory press regulatory body, has suspended the privately-owned pro-opposition newspaper, Le Quotidien d’Abidjan, for repeatedly breaching the laws and ethics governing the press.
TUNISIA – The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Government of Djibouti has signed the funding agreements, amounting to US $7.5 million, for a geothermal exploration project in the region of Lake Assal.
Angola: Al Yah Satellite Communications Company, Abu Dhabi based satellite operator, has further strengthened the availability of its flagship service YahClick, an affordable, high-speed satellite broadband Internet service, in the Republic of Angola through a new partnership with Global Telesat, the country’s established satellite telecoms provider.