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International Monetary Fund Upgrades Economic Forecasts for Botswana

The International Monetary Fund completed its Article IV consultation with the country of Botswana at the end of July. Based on improvements in diamond sales and other factors, the IMF has upgraded its near-term economic forecasts for the country. It has also recommended specific actions for the country to consider going forward.

New Plan Rolling Out to Halt Spread of Fall Army Worm in Southern Africa

The fall army worm has expanded so rapidly in southern Africa that its presence is behind a cut in this year's regional maize harvest forecast by up to 10 percent. A new multi-part plan to increase surveillance and research to contain the worm may help push back the agricultural menace.

Norilsk Nickel to Sue Bostwana Regarding Sale of the Tati Mine

Norilsk Nickel of Moscow, Russia, has given the government of Botswana notice that it plans to commence legal proceedings regarding its involvement in reckless trading by BCL Limited and BCL Investments Proprietary Limited regarding the sale of the Tati mine in Botswana.

Zambia Urged to Stay With The International Criminal Court

A group of African organizations and international NGOs with a presence in Africa are urging Zambia to reaffirm its membership in the International Criminal Court. They do so saying it is the best way to advance justice for victims of atrocities.

MERCK Africa Recognizes Advanced Women Researchers on Women's Health

MERCK Africa took another major step recently in honoring the role of Women in Advanced Medical Research. It recently named the first winners of its new 'Merck Africa Women Research Award', for research on women's health in Africa, to researchers in Kenya, Burkina FAso, Gabon, Uganda, Ethiopia, Botswana, Cameroon, Gambia and Zimbabwe.

New Publication Helps Guide African Companies Involved in Buyouts and Transfers

As the African economy heats up so too does the pace at which employees may be transferred within countries and across borders, as well as what happens during acquisitions, buyouts, and closures. Bowmans, a pan-African law firm, just published a Guide covering the potential employment consequences in business transfers in Botswana, Cameroon, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia.

5 Countries in Africa Can Now Ship to EU Duty-Free

Products shipping from Namibia, Mozambique, Botswana, Swaziland and Lesotho to the European Union have now been granted duty-free access. The European Parliament just voted to approve the duty-free trade arrangement.

Dire Warnings But Also Hope as IUCN Environmental Congress Opens

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.

Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs Formed to Support African Growth

Many see entrepreneurship as one of the most important contributors to African growth in the near future. To help others succeed in this area, young South African entrepreneur Karabo Songo and others have formed a new Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs - Southern Africa (CAYE-SA) -- to share experiences and help support each other in their business journeys.

More Help Needed to Deal with Food Insecurity in the Wake of El Niño

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.

Winners of 5th Annual African Innovation Foundation Awards Announced

The African Innovation Foundation (AIF, AfricanInnovation.org) recently named its award winners on the fifth anniversary of its Innovation Prize for Africa (InnovationPrizeforAfrica.org). The top two awards went to nominees from Benin and South Africa. There was also a Special Prize for Social Innovation announced during the same ceremony.

Electricity Metering to Grow Rapidly over Next Decade in Sub-Saharan Africa

As Sub-Saharan Africa grows, so too will everything associated with providing reliable electrical power to a highly diverse customer base. As that happens, electrical metering in general -- and a concept important to the growth of African electrical power distribution, prepaid metering, will both grow rapidly in the coming years.

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