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African Union welcomes Kenya tribunal ruling against female genital mutilation

Coronavirus – Kenya: COVID-19 update (March 20, 2021)The African Union Commission, Directorate of Women, Gender and Youth, hailed a decision by the High Court of the Republic of Kenya, dismissing a case in which a doctor challenged the ban on female genital mutilation ( FGM), arguing that it limited the choice and right of women to defend their culture. The Court, however, on 17e March 2021, ruled that the practice of FGM violates a woman’s right to health, human dignity and in cases where it results in death, the right to life, adding that the practice also violates international standards human rights. The AU Commission called the decision a clear demonstration of the commitment of member states to preserve, protect and promote women’s rights through laws, policies and actions. During the trial and judgment, several African Union treaties such as the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in […]

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AFCON qualifier: Wanyama, Mandel absent as Kenya face Egypt, Togo

Kenya has dropped several star players from its starting lineup for two crucial Africa Cup of Nations matches this month including long-serving skipper Victor Wanyama, coach Jacob Mulee said on Sunday,  The shake-up comes as the Harambee Stars prepare to face Group G leaders Egypt in Nairobi on March 25 before an away match four days...

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Coronavirus: African Union member states report COVID-19 cases as of March 20, 2021, 9 a.m. ET

Coronavirus – Rwanda: COVID-19 update (March 19, 2021)African Union Member States (55) reporting COVID-19 cases (4,158,923), deaths (109,444) and recoveries (3,667,946) by region: Central (114,426 cases; 1,911 deaths; 100,654 recoveries): Burundi (2563; 3; 1.155), Cameroon (38.988; 588; 34.887), RCA (5.075; 64; 4.938), Chad (4.380; 157; 3.864), Congo (9.564; 134; 7.898), DRC (27.356 ; 726; 24,361), Equatorial Guinea (6,666; 100; 6,121), Gabon (17,711; 106; 15,495), Sao Tome and Principe (2,123; 33; 1,935) Is (455,106; 8,275; 342,619): Comoros (3,665; 146; 3,471), Djibouti (6,501; 63; 6,040), Eritrea (3,118; 7; 2,865), Ethiopia (183,863; 2,618; 145,687), Kenya (118,889; 1954; 89,388), Madagascar (22,113; 340); 20,851), Mauritius (803; 10; 590), Rwanda (20,681; 287; 19,143), Seychelles (3,616; 16; 3,055), Somalia (9,925; 414; 4,420), South Sudan ( 9,809; 106; 8,215), Sudan (30,989; 1,959; 23,583), Tanzania ** (509; 21; 178), Uganda (40,625; 334; 15,133) North (1,222,852; 34,766; 1,073,689): Algeria (124,970; 3,053; 80,515), Egypt (194,127; 11,512; 149,256), Libya (150,341; 2,487; 137,073), Mauritania (17,570; 446; 16,863), Morocco (491 019; […]

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Coronavirus – Kenya: COVID-19 update (March 19, 2021)

Coronavirus – Kenya: COVID-19 update (March 19, 2021)1,354 people have tested positive for the disease, out of a sample of 7,732 people tested in the past 24 hours. The total number of confirmed positive cases is now 118,889. Cumulative testing to date is 1,402,480. Of the cases, 1,301 are Kenyans while 53 are foreigners. Nairobi has 717 cases, Nakuru 174, Kiambu 100, Machakos 55, Kisumu 40, Mombasa 35, Trans Nzoia 28, Nandi 27, Kericho 25, Siaya 17, Bomet 13, Kajiado 13, Baringo 11, Kilifi 10, Taita Taveta 8, Meru 8, Nyandarua 8, Busia 7, Mandera 7, Kakamega 7, Makueni 6, Murang’a 5, Kitui 4, Homa Bay 4, Nyamira 4, Bungoma 3, Migori 3, Nyeri 3, Tharaka Nithi 2, Embu 2, Kirinyaga 1 , Kwale 1, Laikipia 1, Marsabit 1, Uasin Gishu 1, Vihiga 1, Wajir 1 and Elgeyo Marakwet 1. On a positive note, 185 patients have recovered from the disease, 136 from home care and isolation, […]

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KRU set to boost Get Into Rugby numbers nationwide

Coronavirus – Ethiopia: COVID-19 update (March 18, 2021)The Kenya Rugby Union (www.KRU.co.ke) will continue to deliver on one of its strategic game development plans this weekend as the development and training and education departments hold a Get Into Rugby course. Saturday March 20 at the Impala grounds from 9 a.m. A total of 40 men and women have confirmed their participation in this course which will see Ronnald Okoth, KRU Development Manager, Malik Ndemi, KRU Training and Education Coordinator, and JohnBosco Muamba, Rugby Africa Development Manager to be educators in service. These 40 members have been selected in the metropolis of Nairobi and once they have completed the course they will have to introduce rugby in their different fields. These new members must all have fulfilled three prerequisites: Rugby Ready, Child Coaching and Laws of the Game. “The main objective of this course is to increase our GIR numbers across the country as well as the number […]

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Launch of a US $ 1.2 million innovation fund to explore emerging technologies

Launch of a US $ 1.2 million innovation fund to explore emerging technologiesThe African Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) (www.AECFafrica.org) today launched a US $ 1.2 million innovation fund to unlock the potential of renewable energy and create new business opportunities. Businesses and entrepreneurs in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique and Zimbabwe can apply for funding. The fund aims to strengthen market readiness for emerging innovations, as well as provide financial, technical and networking support to evolve existing prototypes that have proven their worth. Solutions that reduce the negative impacts associated with the use of traditional cooking options at household and institutional levels, build resilience to climate change among communities, and support productive uses such as water pumping services, food processing, cooling and refrigeration are examples that the Fund seeks to support. By applying, companies and entrepreneurs will need to demonstrate how the proposed innovations will transform the livelihoods of low-income households through job creation and livelihood diversification. As part of […]

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Customer service in Kenya – what it will look like in 5 years and how your business can benefit from it

Canon Expands i-SENSYS and MAXIFY Series as Part of Commitment to Home Offices, Small Offices and Hub OfficesOver the past decade, customer service has relied on channels such as email, telephone, and face-to-face contact, but the industry is changing rapidly. With people relying more on digital media, traditional customer service as we know it is likely to be dead in five years. As digitization accelerates, customers have higher expectations for customer service and contactless mobile transactions have become the new normal. In this article, we’ll take a look at the main drivers behind the evolution of customer service, the shift to communicating through multiple communication channels, and how businesses can address these challenges. Changing communication channel preferences As the use of digital services continues to accelerate, it’s important to adapt your customer service to this change in behavior. According to (https://bit.ly/2Q96S1K) to the Kenya Communications Authority, as of June 2020, mobile phone penetration had almost reached 120% in Kenya, with subscriptions increasing 10% year over year on […]

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Aid agencies call for funding to support more than 2 million South Sudanese refugees in need

Hapag-Lloyd acquires Africa specialist NileDutchUNHCR, United Nations Refugee Agency and partners appeal for $ 1.2 billion to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance to more than 2.2 million South Sudanese refugees living in five neighboring countries in 2021 . South Sudan became the youngest nation in the world almost ten years ago, but today millions of its people are displaced within or outside its borders. The crisis continues to be a childhood crisis with over 65% of the refugee population under the age of 18, including 66,000 children who have been separated from their parents or regular caregivers. While some progress has been made in implementing the latest peace agreement, humanitarian and protection needs remain high for the larger refugee situation on the African continent. The majority of South Sudanese refugees are hosted in relatively remote and underdeveloped areas. The COVID-19 pandemic combined with the challenges of climate change, including severe flooding, droughts and locusts, have […]

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ZLECAf: 11 countries validate their agreement

ZLECAf: 11 countries validate their agreementBy Temitope Ponle Eleven African countries have validated the strategies for implementing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement, according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Ms. Vera Songwe, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ECA, said this in her opening statement at the 39th session of the Committee of Experts on Wednesday. The expert meeting was also on the sidelines of the 53rd session of the committee. Songwe listed countries like Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, Niger, Cameroon, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The executive secretary further said that the countries which were in the drafting phase of the agreement were Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo, Kenya, Namibia and Malawi. She added that the early stage countries were Nigeria, Tunisia, Guinea-Bissau, Benin, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Sudan, Tanzania, Botswana, Mozambique and Eswatini. She said data was not available for other countries. […]

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World Rugby awards two African women rugby leaders the 2021 Women’s Executive Leadership scholarships

World Rugby awards two African women rugby leaders the 2021 Women’s Executive Leadership scholarshipsAs more and more women at the forefront of the sports industry, Rugby Africa (www.RugbyAfrique.com) has positioned itself to continue to drive women’s involvement in the game, including leadership, by announcing on the occasion of International Women’s Day the first two recipients of 2021 in Africa. Scholarships for executive leadership of women. This incredible opportunity allows two women from Africa to join the ten remaining women from around the world, who will each receive a scholarship of £ 10,000 for leadership development support for formal or informal education, conferences, forums, mentoring and study tours on best practices. Each scholarship will be tailored to meet the professional development needs of successful applicants. The scholarships are open to women who: Are currently involved in rugby at the governance level (member of the Union / regional board of directors) or, Are currently involved in rugby at the senior management level (reporting to CEO […]

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Universal Music Group and Africa’s Leading Boomplay Streaming Service Extend License to 47 Countries Across the Continent

Universal Music Group and Africa’s Leading Boomplay Streaming Service Extend License to 47 Countries Across the ContinentA new license agreement will significantly increase the availability of UMG’s African and international repertoire to music lovers across Africa; New markets include South Africa, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Senegal; with the UMG catalog now widely available in French-speaking territories for the first time. Boomplay (www.Boomplay.com), Africa’s premier music streaming and download service and Universal Music Group (UMG), the global leader in music entertainment, today announced a historic new license agreement that will extend the license of the global UMG group. catalog of music from 7 to 47 countries across the African continent, as part of an extended relationship that will benefit African musicians and talent and expand the listening experience of Boomplay users across Africa. In 2018, UMG became the first major global music company to license the service, which has continued to increase its reach and influence across Africa in recent years. Boomplay’s catalog currently has over […]

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Announcement of the winners of the 8th edition of the Sankalp Africa Summit Awards

Coronavirus – Ethiopia: COVID-19 update (March 15, 2021)Sankalp Forum (www.SankalpForum.com), an initiative of Intellecap hosted its 8e Sankalp Africa Summit Edition, in a virtual format, from the 2nd to 4e March 2021, one of Africa’s largest inclusive networking platforms, focused on entrepreneurship and impact investing ecosystem Highlights of the summit included the award of the top three most innovative young entrepreneurs in Africa and the sharing of industry knowledge on rebuilding a resilient and universally accessible health system capable of detecting, evaluating and to report quickly; rebuild robust local institutions in Africa to achieve levels of global competitiveness after Covid-19, and eliminate social and economic injustices to improve fairness among humans. Each year, the Summit recognizes and rewards high impact companies in the Africa region that are eager to address key development challenges. The finalists have the opportunity to present their companies to a jury made up of eminent business leaders and investors. This year’s finalists were […]

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Aleph Hospitality strengthens its presence in Kenya by taking over the management of three more hotels

Aleph Hospitality strengthens its presence in Kenya by taking over the management of three more hotelsDubai-based hotel management company partners with Kenya Red Cross on latest deal Caption:From left to right: Thomas Malului – Managing Director, The Boma-Inn Eldoret; The Honorable Joash Olum – Former Member of Parliament Langata Constituency and Director of the Red Court Hotel Board; Bani Haddad, CEO of Aleph Hospitality; Dr. Abbas Gullet, Executive Director of Boma Panafrican and Chairman of the Red Court Hotel Board of Directors; Neelam Shah – Head of Strategic Investments, Boma Panafrican and Director, Red Court Hotel Board; William Mibei, businessman and director of the board of directors of the Red Court hotel; Daniel van der Heijden, Cluster General Manager, The Boma Hotels DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, March 15, 2021 – / African Media Agency (AMA) / – The dynamic independent hotel management company Aleph Hospitality has today signed the management contracts for three hotels in Kenya. The hotels, Boma Nairobi, Boma Inn Nairobi and Boma […]

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Pulse to expand into Uganda and Ivory Coast

UNSMIL Statement on House of Representatives Approval of New Unified Interim GovernmentPulse (www.Pulse.africa), leader in innovative media in Africa, is poised to reach more markets with its mission to inform and engage young audiences – and to provide marketing and production services media with its young innovative team. The company is now recruiting general managers to Uganda and Ivory Coast open dedicated offices in Kampala and Abidjan to start market operations later in the year. Pulse has established a strong footprint in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Senegal, creating the largest combined digital media audience on the continent, with a cumulative audience of over 100 million monthly users. Pulse aims to expand its widely followed information platforms and social channels with local versions in Uganda and Ivory Coast to resonate with the young, digital-savvy population. As a provider of digital marketing and video production, Pulse will also support its international partners and local businesses in implementing innovative media and marketing campaigns in […]

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Hollard Cigna Healthcare is proud to announce a strategic partnership with the Société Financière d’Assurance (SFA) in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Coronavirus – Nigeria: COVID-19 update (March 9, 2021)With over sixty years of local experience, Hollard Cigna has demonstrated its commitment to the people of the DRC and has an excellent reputation for complying with local regulations. With this partnership, SFA will become one of the main insurers of international health insurance in the DRC. With this great responsibility, they will ensure easy access to affordable and quality healthcare for local and expatriate communities. With over 2,000 premium healthcare providers, Hollard Cigna Healthcare already provides similar services in the region with coverage in neighboring countries such as Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. The Hollard Cigna family has dedicated staff services with over 250,000 employees across Africa and coverage in over 20 African countries. Their established infrastructure with dedicated claims teams, medical advice and fraud units provide an exceptional back-office infrastructure that the partnership with SFA will strengthen by providing additional security to their world-class equipment and facilities. SFA Congo […]

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African Publishing Innovation Fund to improve access to education, books and literacy for 11 million young Africans

African Publishing Innovation Fund to improve access to education, books and literacy for 11 million young AfricansDUBAI, United Emirates, March 10, 2021 – / African Media Agency (AMA) / – The African Publishing Innovation Fund (APIF) – a grant program co-led by the United Arab Emirates-based global philanthropic organization Dubai Cares and implemented by International Publishers Association (IPA): Has chosen five projects in Africa to receive USD 170,000 in funding in 2021. The APIF Committee, chaired by IPA President Bodour Al Qasimi, selected the winners from 311 applications received from 26 countries Africans. This is the second iteration of the grant program, which is funded by a four-year, $ 800,000 commitment from Dubai Cares. Due to school closings and the transition to online learning in response to COVID-19, APIF prioritized scalable digital learning innovations to help the millions of African students in resource-poor rural communities. Many of them are outside the scope of national efforts to transition to distance learning and do not have access to […]

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35 milliards USD par an sont nécessaires pour lutter contre la crise de l’eau en Afrique; La société sud-africaine Khato Civils annonce l’expansion de l’Afrique et demande que la ZLECAf soit le catalyseur de la construction des infrastructures hydrauliques en Afrique

35 milliards USD par an sont nécessaires pour lutter contre la crise de l’eau en Afrique;  La société sud-africaine Khato Civils annonce l’expansion de l’Afrique et demande que la ZLECAf soit le catalyseur de la construction des infrastructures hydrauliques en AfriqueMots: Ladi Eguche et Fraser Mitchell. Graphisme: Daniela Godard. Télécharger le document 1 – https://bit.ly/2OdOMLl Télécharger le document 2 – https://bit.ly/3v7NMcg Télécharger le document 3 – https://bit.ly/3ekxebi Les Nations Unies (https://bit.ly/3sZ0Mz5) préviennent que le monde pourrait faire face à un déficit d’approvisionnement en eau de 40% d’ici 2030, l’Afrique – qui souffre déjà de niveaux de stress hydrique plus importants que d’autres régions – susceptible de supporter le plus gros. L’impact économique de l’insuffisance des infrastructures et de l’approvisionnement en eau est déjà sévère. L’Afrique subsaharienne perd actuellement environ (https://bit.ly/30kvxlS) 5% de son produit intérieur brut (PIB) annuel en raison d’un accès limité à l’eau potable et à l’assainissement, 5 à 25% de son PIB aux sécheresses et aux inondations dans les pays touchés, et 40 milliards d’heures de temps autrement productif par an, collectant de l’eau. Après avoir réalisé des projets d’approvisionnement en eau durable dans la région de […]

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Call for an independent investigation into the death of Rwandan singer Kizito Mihigo

Call for an independent investigation into the death of Rwandan singer Kizito MihigoOpen letter to all Commonwealth Heads of Government NEW YORK, United States, March 8, 2021, – / African Media Agency (AMA) / – Civil society organizations around the world are calling on the Rwandan authorities to allow an independent, impartial and effective investigation into the death in the custody of Kizito Mihigo, a popular gospel singer and peace activist. As your governments celebrate Commonwealth Day today and prepare to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kigali in June, we are writing to ask you to engage with your Rwandan government counterparts in support of this call. On February 14, 2020, the Rwanda Bureau of Investigation (RIB) confirmed that Mihigo had been arrested near the border, accused of attempting to cross into Burundi illegally, joining “terrorist” and corruption groups, as well as violating the terms of his release. in prison in 2018. A few days later, on February 17, […]

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Kasi Insight data on Africa is now available as part of an alternative data catalog through Bloomberg’s Data Market Place

Kasi Insight data on Africa is now available as part of an alternative data catalog through Bloomberg’s Data Market PlaceKasi Insight (www.KasiInsight.com), Africa’s leading data, metrics and information provider, announced that its consumer confidence dataset is now available to Bloomberg Data License customers (https: //bloom.bg/3rlKLTD) via Bloomberg Enterprise Access Point (https://bloom.bg/3kMt6lz). This provides an additional way for alpha-seeking investors and financial professionals to experience Kasi Insight data. Download the document: https://bit.ly/38jOE40 Kasi Insight has been collecting, analyzing and standardizing consumer data since 2016 through consumer surveys carried out monthly in Africa’s largest markets. The Kasi Consumer Confidence Index, which is our flagship index, is the first round of monthly consumer sentiment data in Africa, providing a necessary consumer-level view on economic activity and expectations on the biggest African markets. The methodology of the index conforms to the well-known consumer confidence data set and uses a balanced approach (-100 to +100). The index which was launched in 2016 consists of seven data series tracing several data points on consumers such […]

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Q&A with Paula Lanco – President of the Women’s Rugby Advisory Committee

Q&A with Paula Lanco – President of the Women’s Rugby Advisory CommitteeAs the world celebrates International Women’s Day and the dynamic women who have and continue to excel in their fields in all sectors, it is fitting that we celebrate one of Rugby Africa’s women leaders (www.RugbyAfrique. com), Paula Lanco – a Member of Rugby Africa Exco and Chair of the newly formed Women’s Rugby Advisory Committee (WRAC). In this Q&A, Paula takes us on a journey to where she is today and gives other women who aspire to follow in her footsteps advice on what it takes to become a true leader. As an Executive Member of Rugby Africa and Chair of the Women’s Rugby Advisory Committee (WRAC), how important is International Women’s Day to you? It is a very important day, especially for women leaders. Now is the time to take stock of our progress, review what is working, and restructure for better and stronger performance in the future. […]

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Coronavirus: African Union member states report COVID-19 cases as of March 7, 2021, 9 a.m.ET

African Union Member States reporting Ebola virus disease update (March 6, 2021)African Union Member States (55) reporting COVID-19 cases (3,955,148), deaths (105,490) and recoveries (3,533,574) by region: Central (106,319 cases; 1,815 deaths; 93,354 cures): Burundi (2,299; 3; 1,155), Cameroon (35,714; 551; 32,594), CAR (5,021; 63; 4,920), Chad (4,111; 140; 3,579), Congo (9,179; 131 ; 7,898), DRC (26,468; 712; 22,432), Equatorial Guinea (6,329; 96; 5,737), Gabon (15,254; 88; 13,495), Sao Tome and Principe (1,944; 31; 1,544) East (417,462; 7,748; 323,952): Comoros (3,596; 146; 3,410), Djibouti (6,134; 63; 5,931), Eritrea (2,944; 7; 2,436), Ethiopia (165,029; 2,420; 137,785), Kenya (108,362; 1,874; 87,550), Madagascar (20,155; 300); 19,543), Mauritius (625; 10; 588), Rwanda (19,509; 267; 17,810), Seychelles (2,950; 15; 2,610), Somalia (8,041; 294; 3,932), South Sudan ( 8,677; 102; 4,317), Sudan (30,479; 1,895; 22,797), Tanzania ** (509; 21; 178), Uganda (40,452; 334; 15065) North (1,177,769; 33,494; 1,037,905): Algeria (114,012; 3,012; 78,886), Egypt (185,922; 10,954; 143,575), Libya (137,482; 2,236; 124,712), Mauritania (17,309; 442; 16,656), Morocco (485,974; 8,676; […]

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