AfDB probe: Independent panel dismisses corruption charges against Akinwumi Adesina

An independent panel of experts, headed by former Irish President Mary Robinson, has cleared the embattled leader of the African Bank of Development, Akinwumi Adesina, of corruption allegations, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP. Adesina, 60, a magnetic speaker known for his exquisite suits and neckties, turned into the primary Nigerian to rudder the AfDB in…

Africa records 23% increase in COVID-19 cases – WHO

WHO’s Director-General, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus. World Health Organisation (WHO) says there is a 23 per cent increase in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Africa in the past week. WHO disclosed this in a weekly COVID-19 Situation update for WHO Africa Region, External Situation Report 21, posted on WHO Africa twitter account @WHOAFRO….

ECOWAS set to certify products made in Africa to be competitive, meet international standards

By Victoria Ojeme ECOWAS Commissioner for Industry and Private Sector Promotion, Mr. Mamadou Traore yesterday disclosed that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has concluded plans to certify products made in the region to be competitive and meet international standards. This, it hopes to accomplish, through the extension of support grant of Euro…

Building a Resilient Ecosystem for Agribusinesses in Africa: From Surviving to Thriving through COVID-19

Globally, ecosystem stakeholders are establishing measures to respond to the socio-economic shock of COVID-19 on populations and businesses alike. More specifically, governments and some development organizations are at the forefront of devising and implementing action plans to buffer the impact of the pandemic on businesses. Given the current state of stagnation of most economies, governments,…

Are African numbers still poor? (3)

There are now more frequent rebasing exercises for both GDP and inflation data across the continent. Consequently, the changes, often to the upside are not as dramatic as those of the past. Ivory Coast finally rebased its GDP this year, changing the base year to 2015 from 1996 hitherto. South Africa also plans a GDP…

‘The pandemic is gaining momentum’: Africa prepares for surge in infections

Within days of his inauguration in June, Evariste Ndayishimiye, Burundi’s president, ended months of official denial about coronavirus by ordering mass testing in the commercial capital of Bujumbura. Well he might. His predecessor, Pierre Nkurunziza, who had scoffed at the virus and entrusted Burundi’s protection to God, paid a heavy price for his nonchalance. He…

Ebola cases rise in DR Congo

The Ebola outbreak in the DR Congo’s northwest is growing, according to health officials, sounding the alarm weeks after the country officially declared an end to a separate Ebola epidemic which claimed over 2,000 lives, AFP reports. There have been 54 confirmed cases since June 1 in Mbandaka, a transport hub in Equateur province, including…