Wednesday, August 5, 2020

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    AU denies endorsing Egyptian candidate for WTO top job

AU denies endorsing Egyptian candidate for WTO top job

The African Union has denied endorsing any candidate for the office of the director-general of the World Trade Organization.  The organisation headquartered in Addis-Ababa said meetings to pick a consensus candidate for the office of the director-general of the WTO has yielded no result. A statement addressed to ministries of foreign affairs of member countries, seen by TheCable, explained that the AU [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Okonjo-Iweala still eligible to run for office of DG, says WTO

EXCLUSIVE: Okonjo-Iweala still eligible to run for office of DG, says WTO

Despite claims to the contrary, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former managing director of the World Bank and two-time minister of finance in Nigeria, is still eligible to run for the office as director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), TheCable can report. The WTO told TheCable on Friday that according to its agreed procedures for the appointment of WTO directors-general, a candidate only [...]

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    Africa Day 2020: Musicians support AU, AFRIMA amid fight against COVID-19

Africa Day 2020: Musicians support AU, AFRIMA amid fight against COVID-19

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    UK pledges £20m to Africa’s fight against COVID-19

UK pledges £20m to Africa’s fight against COVID-19

The United Kingdom has pledged £20 million to support the African Union in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. While announcing the funding on Wednesday, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, UK's international development secretary, said it is part of the Africa anti-COVID-19 fund to tackle the disease and save lives. According to Trevelyan, the fund will be used to recruit health experts and deploy them where [...]

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    AU reinstates support for AFRIMA as 12 state heads commit to Africa’s development through arts

AU reinstates support for AFRIMA as 12 state heads commit to Africa’s development through arts

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    Buhari off to Ethiopia for AU summit

Buhari off to Ethiopia for AU summit

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently heading to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the 33rd ordinary session of presidents and governments of the African Union. He is expected back in the country on Wednesday. Buhari will join leaders from the 55-member countries of the AU to participate in the summit themed: “Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development.” On the margins of the [...]

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    48 groups petition UN, AU over Sowore’s arrest 

48 groups petition UN, AU over Sowore’s arrest 

At least 48 rights and press freedom organisations have petitioned the United Nations and the African Union over the detention of Omoyele Sowore. The activist, who was the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the 2019 elections, was arrested over his planned nationwide #RevolutionNow protest. He was subsequently accused by the secret police of threatening public peace and safety [...]

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    World’s largest trade deal in 24 years, 1.2bn customers… five things to know about AfCFTA

World’s largest trade deal in 24 years, 1.2bn customers… five things to know about AfCFTA

President Muhammad Buhari has finally signed the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement. The president signed it at the 12th extraordinary session of the assembly of the union on AfCFTA and the first mid-year coordination meeting of the African Union (AU) and the regional economic communities (RECs) in Niamey, Niger Republic. Buhari had delayed signing the agreement, explaining that he needed [...]

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    Finally, Buhari signs AfCFTA

Finally, Buhari signs AfCFTA

President Muhammad Buhari has finally signed the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement. AfCFTA is a trade agreement between AU member states with the goal of creating a single market followed by free movement and a single-currency union. The president signed it at the 12th extraordinary session of the assembly of the union on AfCFTA and the first mid-year coordination meeting [...]

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    AU suspends Sudan over military crackdown

AU suspends Sudan over military crackdown

The African Union (AU), on Thursday, said it had suspended Sudan until a civilian government was formed, intensifying international pressure on the country’s new military rulers to give up power. “Ethiopia meanwhile will launch a mediation effort on Friday,’’ diplomatic sources in Khartoum said. The moves took place after security forces cleared protesters from a sit-in camp in central Khartoum on Monday. Security [...]

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    Dalung: Youth must be recognised as key actors in peacemaking

Dalung: Youth must be recognised as key actors in peacemaking

Solomon Dalung, minister of youths and sports, says efforts towards sustainable peace and security in Nigeria will remain a mirage if the youthful population is still perceived as perpetrators of violence. He spoke in Abuja at a continental study on "The Roles and Contributions of Youth to Peace and Security in Africa", organized by the African Union (AU) and supported by [...]

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    Okonjo-Iweala: Like Dangote, AU passport didn’t give me visa-free entry into all African countries

Okonjo-Iweala: Like Dangote, AU passport didn’t give me visa-free entry into all African countries

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance, has backed Aliko Dangote, Africa's richest man, on the need to rectify issues with the African Union passport. Okonjo-Iweala, showing appreciation to some African countries, explained that the unifying passport did not guarantee her visa-free entry into all African countries. Speaking in Abidjan over the weekend, Dangote said he, and a few other people, have got the African [...]

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    Hamzat Lawal, Follow The Money founder, to address presidents at AU high-level dialogue

Hamzat Lawal, Follow The Money founder, to address presidents at AU high-level dialogue

Hamzat Lawal, founder, Follow The Money, one of the largest citizen's movements on anti-corruption, is billed to speak to presidents and heads of states at the African Union high-level dialogue. Earlier this year, the African Union during its 30th assembly of heads of state and government held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, declared 2018 as the African Anti-Corruption year. This recognized the need [...]

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Obasanjo to chair inaugural Intra-Africa trade fair

Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo has been appointed as the chairman of the advisory council for the inaugural Intra-African trade fair scheduled for Cairo. Obi Emekekwue, director and global head, communications and events management department of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) said Obasanjo will chair the fair holding from Dec. 11 to Dec. 17. Jean-Louis Ekra, a former president of Afreximbank, is [...]

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    MAN: Why Nigeria must approach African free trade agreement with caution

MAN: Why Nigeria must approach African free trade agreement with caution

The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) says Nigeria must be cautious before rushing into a free trade agreement with other African countries. Frank Jacob, president of MAN, urged the federal government to renegotiate trade conditions that will impede economic growth in its review of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement. He said MAN is apprehensive that the rules of origin (ROO) [...]

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    Buhari heading to Cote d’Ivoire for EU-AU summit

Buhari heading to Cote d’Ivoire for EU-AU summit

President Muhammadu Buhari will be departing the country on Tuesday for the 5th European Union-African Union (EU-AU) summit in Abidjan, capital of Cote d'Ivoire. Two governors - Udom Emmanuel Akwa Ibom and Mohammed Abubakar (Bauchi) - are among those who would accompany the president. Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, disclosed this in a statement. "The president will [...]

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