(AfDB) - As the prevalence of COVID-19 accelerates across Africa, over 40% of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to clean water and are unable to heed the advice of health experts to wash their hands as a primary way to stop the spread of the virus. Preventing infection thus remains out of reach for many.

Noël Koutera Bataka

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(Togo First) - Togo’s minister of agriculture, Noël Koutera Bataka, wants to put an end to the illegal fertilizer trade in the country. “It was brought to my attention that some informal networks importing fertilizers of questionable quality feed illicit supply chains across the Togolese territory,” he declared. 

Johnson Odibo NIDO Swiss President

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"A village is not made up of a handful of heroes, but of many people" - CHINUA ACHEBE (Things Fall Apart). 
The Nigerians in the Diaspora Organization (NIDO) is made up of the Nigerians living in Diaspora. About 6,351 Nigerians live in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. In line with the Central Vision of NIDO Europe, NIDO Swiss brings Nigerians living in Switzerland and Liechtenstein together; to identify those willing to offer their skills to assist Nigeria’s national development.

(AU) The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), in partnership with the International Health Regulations (IHR) Strengthening Project of Public Health England (PHE), launched a new web-based tool, AVoHC Net, to facilitate rapid deployment and better administration of a standby workforce for public health emergencies across Africa.

(APA) The BUA Group, a Nigerian conglomerate concentrating on manufacturing, infrastructure and agriculture, has signed a deal with Axens of France to refine 200,000 barrels per day of crude oil in Nigeria.

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina and President Paul Kagame (l)

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(AfDB) - African leaders on Tuesday reaffirmed their support for the African Development Bank Group and its leadership under Dr. Akinwumi Adesina as he begins his second five-year term with a renewed mandate to foster sustainable development on the continent.

Marieme Esther Dassanou

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Marieme Esther Dassanou is the Coordinator of Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) the African Development Bank’s flagship pan-African initiative, which aims to bridge the $42 billion financing gap facing women entrepreneurs in Africa. She previously led IFC’s Gender Secretariat's work on advancing women's inclusion in the insurance and financial sectors. In this interview, she outlines progress made with the AFAWA initiative and its future plans.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Canon Central and North Africa proudly showcased the compact and versatile 5.9K CCNA next-generation professional Cinema EOS System cameras. African Film directors, including Kunle Afolayan and Merzak Allouache, hailed the EOS C500 Mark II which elevates their latest productions. During the inauguration of the camera, Canon unveiled a knowledge-sharing initiative for the African filmmaking community.

Victor Williams (Credit: NBAE/Getty Images)(Source: National Basketball Association (NBA)

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USA – The Commissioner of the National Basketball Association (NBA), Adam Silver has announced the appointment of Victor Williams as the CEO of NBA Africa, effective 17 August 2020.

Mondia Pay  to become the preferred digital payment solution for African telcos (Source: Mondia)

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Mondia Pay digital payment entity, says it is in the process of acquiring more new clients which can lead it to become “the preferred digital payment solutions provider for telecom operators across Africa.” It disclosed that, last year, it registered 5.3 billion transactions on its platform with telcos across the continent.

Source: African Union Development Agency-NEPAD (AUDA-NEPAD)

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SOUTH AFRICA – AUDA-NEPAD (the African Union Development Agency and the New Economic Partnership for Africa’s Development) has announced the launch of the MSME Academy, in partnership with Ecobank Group.  

SWITZERLAND – The African Union's Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) (www.AfricaCDC.org) is joining forces with the APO Group (www.APO-opa.com) to organise regular online press conferences once every month, to provide Africans with vital information on the continental preparedness and response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The United States has alerted the Nigerian government that the Al-Qaeda insurgent group was already penetrating the North-western part of the country.

More than 90 members of the #RevolutionNow movement, who protested on Wednesday in Lagos, Abuja and some other cities in the country were arrested by the police.

 

TOGO – Ecobank Group has announced the finalists for third edition of the Ecobank Fintech Challenge. The challenge is designed to deepen collaboration between Ecobank and Fintechs with Africa focused products.

Alpha Condé (Photo: GETTY IMAGES)

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Delegates of the ruling party in Guinea, during a congress on Thursday 6th July 2020, invited incumbent president, Alpha Condé, to be their candidate in the presidential election next October and thus to run for a third term at the head of the country.

Ivorian police on Thursday 06 August 2020 dispersed a protest staged by the opposition to denounce the withdrawal of former President Laurent Gbagbo from the provisional electoral list for 2020.

SOUTH AFRICA – The African Energy Chamber is delighted to announce the nomination of its Investment Advisory Committee, the last body to serve on its Advisory Board for 2020 and 2021.

 Paris Saint-Germain and France striker, Kylian Mbappe has been rated as the most valuable player in the world.

Sickle Cell patient Caleb from Ghana

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SWITZERLAND – Novartis and its partners have announced the expansion of the Africa Sickle Cell Disease program to East Africa with the signature of two new memoranda of understanding with the Ministries of Health of Uganda and Tanzania. The program, first launched in Ghana in November 2019, aims to improve and extend the lives of people with sickle cell disease (SCD) in sub-Saharan Africa, with plans to reach a total of 10 countries by 2022.

Senate in session

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WORLD STAGE – The Nigerian House of Senate has considered a bill seeking to give legislative backing for the establishment of the Federal College of Traditional, Complimentary and Alternate Medicine as an agency under the Federal Ministry of Health.

Evariste Ndayyishimeye

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Burundi's new president who was elected last month has been hastily sworn in to replace his late predecessor Pierre Nkurunziza, but who is Evariste Ndayyishimeye?

A 95-year-old Ghanaian World War Two veteran is to be honoured by Queen Elizabeth for his fundraising efforts.

President Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday cautioned that the ambition for Eco regional currency could be in ‘serious jeopardy,’ unless member states complied with agreed processes of reaching the collective goal.