The Regional Energy Co-Operation Summit 2018 coming up January 24-25 in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, is finalizing its agenda.
Benin Tender and Business News
The practice of breast-flattening in order to minimize the risk of violence affects some 3.8 million women worldwide, including in 9 African countries. A massive educational campaign is underway to bring a stop to the extremely dangerous practice.
Mercury, a dangerous neurotoxin, has been known for a long time as one of the most toxic of chemicals used in medical care and in dentistry in particular. The international movement which led its banning in many developed countries has now moved to its latest frontier -- the developing world.
The West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), based in Burkina Faso and representing 8 member states, signed a $155 million package for the World Bank, The West African Development Bank and the West African regional mortgage refinance company (CRRH-UEMOA) to create affordable housing finance throughout the WAEMU region.
Abdou Koudos Adissa, a Republic of Benin man unlawfully residing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was just sentenced to 48 months in prison involving the use of stolen identities to file false claims for IRS tax refunds.
Africar Group, the largest car classifieds platform in Africa, is now available in 10 local languages on the markets where it operates.
Healthymagination's Mother and Child Programme just unveiled the 14 social enterprises selected as its second cohort in Africa. Each emerging enterprise is focused in one way or another on improving and accelerating maternal and/or child health outcomes in Africa.
BASF (www.BASF.com) of Germany has introduced a new class of mosquito insecticide in the form of its Interceptor® G2, a long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito net (LN) based on chlorfenapyr. After tests in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, and Tanzania, the World Health Organization (WHO) is now recommending its use within Africa.
A new competition was just launched to find and support providers of innovative and scalable financial products and services that improve the lives of poor people in rural areas of Africa.
A special course was recently held on Industrial Policy in Africa, for civil servants from 20 African countries. Its goal was to strengthen the group's capacity in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating appropriate strategies to facilitate the structural transformation of the continent’s economies.
The Gulf of Guinea Interregional Network (GOGIN), a project of the European Union aimed at fighting crime at sea in conjunction with nineteen coastal countries on the African continent, just launched.
Konnect Africa, headquartered in the United Kingdom, just announced a broad collection of new next-generation telecom services available today in Benin, Cameroon, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda. It is part of a major expansion move planned to cover all across Sub-Saharan Africa.
With over 420 million Africans between the ages of 15 and 35 today, the younger generation is a source of potential prosperity for the continent as well as a massive liability of job creation does not catch up with the growth of this group.
The International Atomic Energy Agency, with headquarters in Vienna, Austria, has completed an extensive study of the drought situation in Africa. In a report published on May 29 on the analysis, the information shows significant reserves of good quality water are in fact still available in Africa's drought-prone Sahel region.
In Nairobi, Kenya, at the 4th Roundtable to focus on Political and Credit Risks in Africa recently, Ministers from across Africa sat sat together with investors and the private sector to determine how best to tackle the investment and credit risk hurdles in order to make African risks bankable.
Multilateral development banks (MDBs) leaders have agreed to deepen their collaboration to encourage private sector investment in vital infrastructure needed to support sustainable and inclusive economic growth throughout the world.
The 9th Africa Carbon Forum (ACF), to be held in Cotonou, Benin, from June 28-30, 2017, will focus on climate solutions and carbon markets for the continent.
The Republics of Benin and Togo recently received approval for a US $40.8 million loan to upgrade a four-lane 30 kilometer road section that runs between the capitals of both countries. The repairs will reinforce the road and help minimize impacts of coastal erosion along the route.
George Otieno, the CEO of the African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI), recently met with the newly appointed President of Benin, H.E. Patrice Talon, to discuss possibly use of at least part of ATI's $760 million worth of investments in its pipeline. The goal is to find a way to support Benin's Vision 2030 that places Public Private Partnerships on energy and business development at its core.
A dramatic decline in Africa’s savanna elephant populations caused by poaching – as exposed by the results of a three-year aerial survey released this week – has piled pressure on reluctant governments to back proposals that would lead to bans on domestic trade in ivory. The issue is being raised at the IUCN World Conservation Congress happening in Hawaii this week.
A congress billed as the world’s largest ever to focus on the environment has opened to warnings that our planet is at a “tipping point” but also with expressions of hope that governments, civil society and big business are learning to work together.
As part of the conclusions released after the recent African Parliamentarian's Network on Development Evaluation (APNODE), the participants stressed the need for a combination of law and policy to support development and prevent the exodus of capital from the region.
AfriCar group (at www.africargroup.com) recently launched operations as the first car classifieds network on the continent.
Africa's major cotton producing countries are already seeing positive results from World Trade Organization member decisions to ease trade restrictions, decisions that took effect on July 1. More still needs to be done to improve market access and eliminate export subsidies from government programs, however.
United Nations leaders said today that much more needs to be done to prevent further suffering, strengthen resilience and preserve livelihoods in the wake of El Niño's devastating effects worldwide. Africa was the worst hit, with 40 million of the estimated 60 million affected globally residing in East and Southern Africa.