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Vaccine Gap Exposes Opportunities And Challenges For Pharma In Africa

By Julie Oppenheim (Bowmans South Africa), Daniel Mwathe (Bowmans Kenya) and Micael Sehul (AAAOL, Ethiopia) Africa’s COVID-19 vaccine challenges have been a bitter pill for many governments to swallow as they watch developed countries race ahead with their vaccination programmes. In the United Kingdom, almost 70% of the total population had received at least one …

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Ethiopia: ‘Heartbreaking’ devastation in Tigray, says UN humanitarian chief

The new UN Emergency Relief Coordinator ended a six-day mission to Ethiopia with a fresh push to get badly needed food and other supplies into the embattled Tigray region.   NEW YORK, USA, 05 August 2021-/African Media Agency (AMA)/-“We need to change the circumstances that have led to the slow movement of aid – we need the conflict to stop”, Martin Griffiths, who also heads …

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A Multi-Pronged Approach To Welcoming Women Into The Chemicals Sector

By Wezi Khoza, Chairperson, CHIETA Despite decades of effort, the gender disparity in technical fields is still sizable. According to a study by the World Economic Forum, women in the engineering, manufacturing and construction industry are outnumbered – for every ten men, there are just three women. This does not bode well for chemical industries, …

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Bolt Raises Over R10.3bn From Investors

Bolt, the first European super-app, has closed a R10.3bn (€600m) funding round, increasing the company’s valuation to more than R68.6bn (€4B). Bolt will use the funds to boost its new 15-minute grocery delivery service, Bolt Market, and to accelerate the expansion of its existing mobility and delivery products. The funds were raised from new investors …

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Empowering Movies And Role Models For Women This Women’s Month On HUAWEI Video

In honour of National Women’s Day on 9 August, Huawei will be dedicating the entire month to all the great women in South Africa. So, it seems only fitting that we highlight our favourite female-centric movies – ones that portray the kind of inspiring, ceiling-smashing women that we want to emulate in real life – …

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Fintechs, SMEs And Digitization In Africa – Ghana Leads The Charge

Eric Osiakwan Three leading Ghanaian fintechs; Hubtel, ExpressPay and IT Consortium joined forces to build Ghana government’s portal https://www.ghana.gov.gh – a digital services and payment platform for Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Startups and citizens to access government services at the click of a button. Despite being competitors, these tech ventures saw the need to collaborate …

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UN Chief Welcomes ‘Historic’ IMF Liquidity Boost For Governments In Need

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to exacerbate restrictions on government spending throughout the world, the UN chief on Tuesday welcomed the decision by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to approve a $650 billion allocation of Special Drawing Rights to “boost liquidity”.  Secretary-General António Guterres issued a statement on the policy change towards Special Drawing Rights or SDRs, a type of foreign reserve asset that are IMF defined and maintained, as additional funding …

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Flat6Labs Celebrates Eight Startups At Spring 2021 Demo Day In Cairo

Eight exceptional Egyptian startups have just graduated from Flat6Labs Cairo Seed Program’s 16th cycle, which comes after over 230 hours of online business training to help them grow their customer base, refine their offerings, expand to new markets and build strategic partnerships. On the premise of pumping fresh blood in Egypt’s economy, Flat6Labs’ seed program …

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Radisson Hotel Group Expands Moroccan Presence With The Opening Of Four Hotels

Radisson Hotel Group is proud to announce the extension of its Moroccan footprint with the opening of four hotels in beloved tourist destinations Al Hoceima, Taghazout Bay, and Saïdia. Located in the south, north and northeast of Morocco, the four hotels consist of three inviting resorts and a comfortable seaside residence, bringing the Group’s fast-growing …

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General Assembly Creates New Permanent Forum Of People Of African Descent

Capping years of deliberations, the UN General Assembly on Monday established a new platform to improve the lives of Afro-descendants, who have for centuries suffered the ills of racism, racial discrimination and the legacy of enslavement around the globe. The 193-member body unanimously adopted a resolution establishing the United Nations Permanent Forum of People of African Descent, …

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