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Gabon Special Economic Zone Recieves EUR 30M Grant for Operations

The Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations du Gabon (CDC Gabon) was granted an EUR 30 million revolving trade financing facility to support the operations of the tenants of the Gabon Special Economic Zone and to provide them with the capacity to export their products.

TerraPay and GIMAC Partner to Enable Instant Money Transfer in CEMAC Region

TerraPay, a mobile payments platform headquartered in the Netherlands, and GIMAC, the regional electronic money transfer platform of Central Africa, have signed a strategic partnership agreement that will allow instant cross-border money transfer to bank accounts and mobile wallets in Africa's CEMAC region.

Malawi Becomes Member of the African Finance Corporation

The African Finance Corporation, a Nigeria-based multilateral institution focusing on African infrastructure investments, just announced that the Republic of Malawi has joined AFC as only the second Southern African member country.

IATA Launches Single African Air Transport Market Push

As a part of the African Union (AU) initiative, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced the launching of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) with the goal of opening up Africa's skies and improving intra-African air connectivity.

Quality Infrastructure Programme for Central Africa Holds Planning Summit

The Quality Infrastructure Programme for Central Africa (PIQAC) held its important third Regional Steering Committee last week in Libreville, Gabon. The goal of PIQAC is to provide support for the regional and national institutions of the quality instracture, to help reinforce competitiveness and diversification of production sectors within Africa.

How Ivory Smuggling Became Big Business in Central Africa

TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, published a new report on September 7, detailing findings from almost a decade of monitoring the ivory trafficking network. The report details a tragic history of how ivory smuggling in Central Africa became as lucrative of many international drug cartels.

Total Football Together Campaign Launches at Start of Africa Cup of Nations

Total, based in France and the number one major oil company in Africa, just announced its new sponsorship program of the Total Africa Cup of Nations. The new program, Total Football Together, was launched in connection with the Africa Cup events which started on January 14 and will run through February 5.

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.

Central African Member States Agree on Telecom Governance and Cybersecurity Laws

The Central African Economic Community (ECCAS) member states have produced model and common laws covering telecommunications, cyber security and a regulatory framework that will help govern cross-border telecom interconnections. The agreement was completed with the support of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

Partnerships for Forests Calls for Proposals on Sustainable Supply Chains in Africa

Partnerships for Forests (PartnershipsforForests.com), a technical assistance and grant-making program funded by the government of the UK, has just issued its first call for concepts. The first call is focussed on building sustainable supply chains for cocoa, palm oil, rubber and fuelwood/timber in West and Central Africa (focussing on Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana and Liberia).

Elephant Census Ramps Up Pressure to Stop Domestic Trade in Ivory

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.

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