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Palm Oil In Focus As Swiss Vote On Trade Pact With Indonesia

Palm Oil In Focus As Swiss Vote On Trade Pact With Indonesia

Swiss voters will decide on a free trade agreement (FTA) with Indonesia on Sunday, with lower tariffs on palm oil imports the main issue in what the polls predict will be a tight referendum. The Alpine country signed the pact with Indonesia in 2018 together with the other European Free Trade Association (EFTA) members Iceland, […]

World Bank Threatens To Cut Lebanon’s Vaccine Aid Over Line-Jumping

World Bank Threatens To Cut Lebanon’s Vaccine Aid Over Line-Jumping

The World Bank threatened on Tuesday to suspend its multi-million-dollar financing for Lebanon’s COVID-19 vaccinations over politicians jumping the line. Local media and officials said some lawmakers got shots in parliament on Tuesday while other Lebanese in the priority groups were still waiting their turn, drawing a rebuke from the doctor leading the campaign and […]

Bill Gates Says We Can Avoid Climate Disaster With Green Manufacturing

Bill Gates Says We Can Avoid Climate Disaster With Green Manufacturing

Bill Gates’ new book, “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster”, published on Tuesday, is set to be widely read as the world counts down to the U.N. climate conference in November. The software-developer-turned-philanthropist says tech and innovation can help cut climate-warming emissions to zero, particularly in manufacturing – which accounts for roughly a third of global […]

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala First woman, first African To Run WTO

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala First woman, first African To Run WTO

Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala – an elite economist who has confronted corruption and kidnappers at home and risen to the top ranks of the World Bank, is poised to become the first woman and first African in charge of policing global trade. Backed by U.S. President Joe Biden to lead the World Trade Organization (WTO), the 66-year-old […]

Nigeria Pushes for Companionship in Labour To Improve Maternal Health Services

Nigeria Pushes for Companionship in Labour To Improve Maternal Health Services

“My husband was with me in the delivery room during the birth of our second child. His presence made the labour pain tolerable. It gave me a sense of calm as it had a psychological and emotional effect on me,” says Mrs Taliah Chukwuma, a businesswoman. “We were fortunate that the hospital where I delivered […]

Peace Commission Investigates Chinese Miner Over Employee Abuses

Peace Commission Investigates Chinese Miner Over Employee Abuses

The National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) is investigating Chinese mining company, Fools Investment Mine in Hope Fountain and other mines owned by the Asian nationals for alleged ill-treatment of their Zimbabwean employees. This is after local civil society groups petitioned the independent commissions to probe the abuses. Matabeleland Institute for Human Rights (MIHR) and […]

South Sudan Authorities Arrest Two People With $1.8m Counterfeit Cash

South Sudan Authorities Arrest Two People With $1.8m Counterfeit Cash

South Sudan’s Internal Security Bureau of the National Security Services in Juba has apprehended two people believed to have counterfeited more than $1.8 million. Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, David John Kumuri, National Security director of Public Relations, said the suspects were arrested in separate operations. “The two suspects were respectively apprehended in possession […]

Facebook blocks Netanyahu Chatbot, Citing Privacy Violation

Facebook blocks Netanyahu Chatbot, Citing Privacy Violation

Facebook said on Monday it removed a post and suspended a messenger bot from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s page after it posted that he wanted phone numbers to call and convince people to get COVID-19 vaccinations. Netanyahu on Thursday posted a video on Twitter encouraging senior citizens to get vaccinated and ended with the […]

Currency Outside Banks Rise 55 Percent to N2.3trn in 5yrs

Currency Outside Banks Rise 55 Percent to N2.3trn in 5yrs

Currency outside the banking system rose sharply by 55 per cent to N2.3 trillion in 2020 from N1.46 trillion in 2015, as Nigerians had to spend more on goods and services in response to sharp naira depreciation within the past five years. Data from the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, obtained by Vanguard shows that […]

Zim to Open Up 97 Percent Market For Free Trade Under AfCFTA

Zim to Open Up 97 Percent Market For Free Trade Under AfCFTA

ZIMBABWE is set to open up 97 % of its markets to both imports and exports for goods originating from within the continent under the Africa Continental Free Trade Area Agreement AfCFTA. AfCFTA is the brainchild of the African Union and was initiated in 2012 with the objective of establishing a single trading bloc which […]

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