President Lourenco (Photo: African Energy Chamber)

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SOUTH AFRICA -- President João Lourenço reform is yielding dividends, evident in the growth in Angolan oil and gas sector and the opportunities awaiting businesses in all sectors for those who are keen to increase their exports into new markets.

On 18 January, the President of the International Criminal Court, Chile Eboe-Osuji, opened the 2019 judicial session, already marked five months later by four major controversies.

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For years the Office of the Prosecutor was seen as the problematic organ harming the reputation of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Now the ICC judges have triggered multiple controversies on their morality, integrity or independence. The latest incident involved a French judge.

After its highly successful 5th edition of Seedstars Forum last month, and the launch of $100 million breathtaking pan-African venture fund in partnership with First Growth Ventures on April 17, Seedstars was selected at WorldBlu 13th annual award event that took place in Geneva on May 14, 2019 to receive Worldblu Freedom-Centered Cultures’s certificate.

Vanessa Moungar (Photo AfDB)

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IVORY COAST -- The Governing Committee of the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) has approved a funding allocation of $61.8 million for the African Development Bank’s Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) program.

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There was a call for urgent implementation and policy strategies that would safeguard diaspora investments at the 3rd Diaspora Engagement Forum 2019 (AIR – DEF) held in The Hague, Netherlands from 2 - 3 May.

DG Bishar A. Hussein

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The Second Committee (Universal Service Obligation, Regulatory Affairs, and Postal Regulation) of the UPU’s Council of Administration, the body responsible for ensuring the continuity of the UPU’s work between Congresses, reviewed options for revising the present postal remuneration system.

Ana Dias Lourenço (photo: Joaquina Bento)

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A campaign dubbed “Nascer Livre para Brilhar" Born Free to Shine launched by Angola’s First Lady Ana Dias Lourenço in December 2018 will help reduce HIV transmission rate from mother to child from 26 percent in 2019 to 14 % by 2021, reported Angola Press

Ambassador  Mourad Bourehla welcoming guests to the reception

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The Embassy of Tunisia in Bern, Switzerland initiated in 2017 the promotion of the country by featuring local event during the independence anniversary celebration. That year it organized a fashion show to promote Tunisian haute couture by designer Najeh Derbal dagdoug followed last year by a musical concert entitled “ Treasures” by a renowned Tunisian violinist  Anis klibi, whose “works and sounds were inspired by history, Arabic and Tunisian traditional music.”  

Amb. Mthembi-Mahanyele and DDG Yunus Hoosen (2nd & 3rd from right respectively) flanked by some members of the delegation.

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 “South Africa offers opportunities for investments in many areas of the economy, and the regulatory framework has been improved to make it possible for you to invest.”

Federico Hernandez founder of Blended wins 2019 Global Seedstars Prize

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All roads led to Lausanne on April 5, 2019 where over 1,000 people, among them were entrepreneurs, startups, investors, mentors and corporate bodies, took part in the grand finale of the 6th edition of Global Seedstars Summit to select the winner of the 2019 Global prize.

In 2018, the flow of official development assistance from the OECD zone toward Africa shrunk by 4%, a report published this week by the OECD reveals.

 

Côte d’Ivoire has signed a Partnership Agreement with Belgian firm SEMLEX for the development and operation of its National Natural Persons Registry.

President Akufo-Addo says persons who resort to use violence to win an election are, automatically, not the people's choice, adding the cycle of politically-related acts of violence and vigilantism that occurred in Sankore, in the Asunafo South Constituency of the Ahafo Region is coming to an end.

Nigeria bets on special economic zones to double its manufacturing output by 2025, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment announced this week.

“Miraculous weapons” provides an enthralling story of quest of human freedom, freedom of expression, in a spirit of absolute dignity

BURKINA FASO –  The Cameroonian “Miraculous weapons” produced by Jean-Pierre Bekolo was judged to be the film that gives the most positive image of Africa, at the influential 2019 Festival Panafricain du Cinéma et de la Télévision de Ougadougou (FESPACO).

In the Gambia, two witnesses before the country’s Truth Commission, including the first confessed killer, have implicated former president Yahya Jammeh in ordering killings of soldiers in November 1994 and of a minister in June 1995. This is the first time that testimonies point directly to Jammeh in such crimes.

ANGOLA – Bestfly, the Angola-based aviation services company, has been awarded International Standard for Business Aviation Operators (IS-BAO) Stage 2.

World Business Logistic Networks (WorldBLN) a brain child of Anis Khan, is a vision to connect freight forwarding enterprises for mutual benefit.

This year’s Seedstars Summit will focus on five key industries - finance, healthcare, education, agriculture and energy to address the global challenges and find efficient tech solutions for each sector.

Seedstars World [SSW], the largest startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup ecosystems, is hosting the sixth edition of the annual Seedstars Summit in Lausanne, Switzerland on April 2-5, 2019.

Some 95% of mothers breastfeed their newborns in Switzerland. But there are still many prejudices over if and how you should breastfeed. swissinfo.ch spoke to two experts to gain a bigger picture.

GHANA – Government has awarded indigenous Ghanaian companies and joint ventures contracts worth $799 million in the upstream petroleum industry last year in accordance with the Local Content and Local Participation law

"The future of our continent is looking very promising indeed," African Development Bank Group President Akinwumi Adesina declared in the opening words of his address to diplomats at a lunch organised recently in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

The BBC has begun the search for the fifth BBC World News Komla Dumor Award. Following a launch event in Lagos on 5 February 2019, journalists from across the continent are invited to apply for the prestigious prize, which aims to uncover some of Africa’s rising stars.

The installation of the statue of Emperor Haile Selassie 1 will be unveiled during the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government on the 10th February 2019, reflecting on the history of African liberation, integration, and his role in the evolution of Africa’s development agenda.