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New Technology : Check-In App, Immunity Passport

New Technology : Check-In App, Immunity Passport

To go anywhere in Singapore these days, Joni Sng needs mobile phone apps and other technologies: a QR code to enter shops, a digital map to see how crowded a mall or park is, and a tracker to show if she was near someone infected with the coronavirus. For the roughly 5.6 million people in […]

Bangladeshi Solar-Sharing Start-Up Aims To Cut Power Waste

Bangladeshi Solar-Sharing Start-Up Aims To Cut Power Waste

A start-up that helps rural Bangladeshi owners of home solar power systems trade their surplus electricity with their neighbours won an international award for climate change innovation Thursday. SOLshare, set up in 2014, aims to stem the waste of more than a billion dollars in energy each year when home battery storage systems connected to […]

Italy’s Artisans Anxious As Brands Haggle To Bridge Luxury Gap

Italy’s Artisans Anxious As Brands Haggle To Bridge Luxury Gap

With unsold luxury handbags and clothing gathering dust in their workshops, Italy’s artisans fear for their future as brands cut orders and in some cases demand discounts and payment delays. Italy accounts for around 40% of global luxury goods manufacturing and has been hit hard by a dramatic drop in demand triggered by the coronavirus […]

Rwanda, UK Financial Firms Commit To Closer Cooperation

Rwanda, UK Financial Firms Commit To Closer Cooperation

Ties between Rwanda and the United Kingdom grew a notch higher as the two countries’ financial institutions signed a partnership agreement with the aim of stimulating economic development. Kigali International Financial Centre (KIFC) on Tuesday, June 16, gained a new partner following the signing of a partnership agreement with CDC Group, the UK’s development finance […]

Corporate Council On Africa Launches Inaugural Leaders Forum – Global Financial Response To COVID-19 In Africa

Corporate Council On Africa Launches Inaugural Leaders Forum – Global Financial Response To COVID-19 In Africa

On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) launched its inaugural Leaders Forum – a high-level virtual forum to bring together Heads of State, senior USG and African government officials, CEOs and private sector executives, and leaders from multilateral institutions. Under the theme “Resilient U.S.-Africa Business Engagement to Drive Post COVID-19 Recovery”, the […]

Britain’s Finance Sector Too Slow To Hire Women To Top Jobs

Britain’s Finance Sector Too Slow To Hire Women To Top Jobs

Britain’s finance ministry wants more ambitious diversity targets at financial firms as the pace of hiring women to top jobs is too slow, a review said on Tuesday. A Women in Finance Charter was launched in 2016 by the finance ministry in a bid to improve diversity in the financial sector where just 14% of […]

Business Reopens Between Southern Cameroon And Nigeria

Business Reopens Between Southern Cameroon And Nigeria

Cameroon’s military says it has restored security on an important trade road between western Cameroon and Nigeria. The military this week said it had killed at least 13 separatist fighters who blocked the Bamenda-Enugu Road for two months and were demanding illegal tolls. The rebels denied it was their fighters and blamed other armed groups. […]

Black-Owned U.S. Businesses Are Hardest Hit By Coronavirus Shutdowns

Black-Owned U.S. Businesses Are Hardest Hit By Coronavirus Shutdowns

After 15 years working as a hairstylist in other people’s salons, Gary Connell opened his “Healthy Hair” studio in Montgomery County, Maryland in early March, sinking his savings into a two-chair shop in a busy mall. It hadn’t even been up and running for a full month when stay-at-home orders were issued because of the […]

Nigerian Businesses Say Pandemic “Impacted Them Negatively”

Nigerian Businesses Say Pandemic “Impacted Them Negatively”

A whopping 97 per cent of Nigerian businesses recorded losses during the lockdown over Covid-19 while 87 per cent said they have been negatively affected overall by the pandemic, a nationwide survey has shown. Titled the “National survey report on the impact of COVID-19 on Nigerian private sector,” the survey assessed the impact of the […]

Qatar 2022 World Cup Stadium Workers Went Months Without Pay

Qatar 2022 World Cup Stadium Workers Went Months Without Pay

A Qatari company helping build a 2022 World Cup stadium has been banned from the event’s projects after its labourers went unpaid for months, organisers said on Thursday, in a case Amnesty International said showed inadequate worker welfare standards. Around 100 employees of a Qatari subcontractor, Qatar Meta Coats (QMC), working on the Al Bayt […]

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