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Bridging education gaps can uplift African women entrepreneurs

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | Xinhua | Educational attainment gaps have limited the success of women-owned businesses in Africa, according to a report newly published by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The “Women’s Entrepreneurship Report” studied data from tens of thousands of African entrepreneurs and firms to establish links …

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African free trade bloc launches

Opportunities, Challenges, and why full implementation of the historic pact may take years ANALYSIS | THE INDEPENDENT | African countries began officially trading under the new African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) on Jan.01. It is a flagship project of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 to stimulate intra-African trade. In …

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China’s shaky dance with Uganda

Chinese foreign minister Wang’s visit to Africa is another missed opportunity to seal deals ANALYSIS | THE INDEPENDENT | Chinese Foreign minister Wang Yi has been on a five-nation tour in Africa that started on Jan.04 and took him to Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Botswana, Tanzania and …

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AfCFTA can position African economies stronger against COVID-19

Addis Ababa , Ethiopia | Xinhua | The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement can potentially position African economies stronger in the face of future global shocks such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a senior United Nations trade policy expert said on Wednesday. Speaking exclusively to Xinhua, David Luke, Coordinator …

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Covid-19 pushes African airlines to the brink

Covid-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on Africa’s airlines, but some analysts suggest that a more streamlined industry offering better services could emerge | CHARLIE MITCHELL | After gaining independence, the old saying went, African countries first needed a currency, then an anthem, then an airline. Currently, airlines – …

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TEF, EU partner to transform economic empowerment of African women

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Africa’s leading philanthropy, Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) has partnered with the European Union to identify, train, mentor and fund 2,500 young African women entrepreneurs in 2021. The partnership will disburse €20 million in the financial and extend technical support for women-owned businesses, across all …

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Africa’s recovery from COVID-19

It will depend on its ability to mobilise resources – Adesina | THE INDEPENDENT | Africa’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic will depend on the continent’s ability to mobilise resources, according to African Development Bank (AfDB) President Akinwumi Adesina. Adesina was on Dec.10 speaking during Nobel Week Dialogue, a prelude …

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