• AfDB's Board of Governors reviews bank performance
    25 may 2018 04:49:53
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) - Nearly 27 million Africans are expected to quickly be affected by the Enlighten Africa priority and provide energy while another 23 million could be affected by the Feed Africa initiative. Full text...

  • With strong financial profile, AfDB is spearheading Africa’s economic transformation
    25 may 2018 04:48:53
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has a very strong financial profile and remains focused in optimising and strengthening its balance sheet to more effectively accompany African countries in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Full text...

  • AfDB delivers strong operational results
    25 may 2018 04:29:52
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) is delivering on its goals and making good progress towards achieving its development and operational targets, according to the 2018 Annual Development Effectiveness Review (ADER) which was released at the Bank’s Annual Meetings in Busan, South Korea. Full text...

  • Additional storm system likely to impact Djibouti after Cyclone Sagar
    24 may 2018 18:54:56
    Djibouti, Djibouti (PANA) - Four days after Cyclone Sagar brought torrential rains on 19-20 May, floodwaters continue to affect several areas of Djibouti City, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) reported Thursday. Full text...

  • UN development official urges greater international support for Zimbabwe
    24 may 2018 18:38:41
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - With a new administration in place and plans to hold free and fair general elections later this year, authorities in Zimbabwe are hoping to see greater international investment in their country, according to the top United Nations official here. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS still impacting work and costing billions in lost earnings – ILO report
    24 may 2018 18:32:30
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Outlining the economic and social toll HIV and AIDS continues to take on workers around the world, the International Labour Organization (ILO) called on Thursday for an “urgent effort” to improve treatment, step up testing and ensure healthier and more productive workplaces. Full text...

  • ‘Gambia open for business’ – Barrow tells investors
    24 may 2018 17:40:52
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambian President Adama Barrow Thursday urged international investors to take advantage of the limitless business and investment opportunities in his country, announcing that “the Gambia is ready for business.” Full text...

  • Gambians react to Europe's 1.45 billion-euro pledge
    24 may 2018 15:46:27
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambians have been reacting to the 1.45 billion Euros pledge made by donor partners at a recent meeting in Brussels, Belgium, PANA reported Thursday. Full text...

  • SAMOA Pathway preparatory meeting underway in Mauritius
    24 may 2018 15:44:37
    Balaclava, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Foreign Affairs Minister Vishnu Lutchmeenaraidoo has said that Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) should not despair but take their future in their hands, use their visions and know-how to develop themselves, depend on themselves despite their remoteness. Full text...

  • Thursday's forex rates for Rwandan Franc
    24 may 2018 13:54:07
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The following are Thursday's foreign exchange rates for the Rwandan franc, as issued by the National Bank of Rwanda. Full text...

  • Mwape appointed new Shepolopolo coach
    24 may 2018 13:16:53
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Veteran trainer Bruce Mwape has been appointed head coach of Zambia senior women’s national team, the Shepolopolo, barely few weeks to next month’s crucial qualifier against Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • AfDB achieves historic disbursement of US$ 7.81 billion, exceeding 2017 target
    24 may 2018 13:16:03
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB), under the leadership of President, Akinwumi Adesina, has increased disbursements to support the structural transformation of countries in Africa, according to its Annual Report, released during the Annual Meetings in Busan, Korea. Full text...

  • AfDB awards 2018 Babacar Ndiaye Trophy to Kenyan President Kenyatta
    24 may 2018 13:13:51
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) - The Babacar Ndiaye Trophy for the year 2018 has gone to the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, for "his distinguished leadership qualities and for the transformation of the road network in his country". Full text...

  • FAPA Donors, AFAP sign deal in support of local supply, utilization of fertilizer in Africa
    24 may 2018 13:12:56
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) - On the sidelines of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Annual Meetings in Busan, South Korea, the Fund for African Private Sector Assistance (FAPA) donors and the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) have signed a grant agreement in support of local supply and utilization of fertilizer by smallholder farmers in Africa. Full text...

  • Climate and disaster risk financing gets fresh boost from AfDB
    24 may 2018 13:11:52
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) - The President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, and the Bank’s Board of Governors on Wednesday held a high-level session on “Climate and Disaster Risk Financing”, focusing on the Role of the African Risk Capacity (ARC) and the Africa Disaster Risk Financing Program (ADRiFi) in Busan, South Korea. Full text...

  • African Ministers discuss innovative financing mechanisms to respond to climate change
    24 may 2018 13:10:49
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) - Ministers of Finance, Agriculture and Governors of Central Banks from African countries have called for further innovative financing mechanisms to deal with the impact of climate change, which has led to economic losses from cycles, conflict, insecurity and cross-border political instability in the Sahel region. Full text...

  • Thursday's exchange rates for Mauritanian Ouguiya
    24 may 2018 13:09:38
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Following are Thursday’s exchnage rates for the Ouguiya, as issued by the central bank of Mauritania. Full text...

  • Thursday's forex rates for Mauritian Rupee
    24 may 2018 13:07:01
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Thursday’s exchange rates for the Rupee, as issued by the commercial bank of Mauritius. Full text...

  • Heavy rains bring welcome relief to Cape Town
    24 may 2018 13:02:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Heavy rains are lashing drought-stricken Cape Town which is in danger of running out of water, but reports say the rains are bringing welcome relief for farmers and feeding many of the dams that service the urban areas. Full text...

  • New report tracks progress of WHO in African Region in transformation agenda
    24 may 2018 12:00:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Efforts to transform the UN Health Organisation (WHO) in the African Region to become the organisation that staff and stakeholders want is making an impact to the health of people across the region. Full text...

  • WHO, World Bank Group join forces to strengthen global health security
    24 may 2018 11:47:53
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UN World Health Organisation (WHO) and World Bank Group on Thursday launched a new mechanism to strengthen global health security through stringent independent monitoring and regular reporting of preparedness to tackle outbreaks, pandemics, and other emergencies with health consequences. Full text...

  • Thursday's exchange rates for Ghana cedi
    24 may 2018 10:41:32
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The following are Thursday's exchange rates for the Ghana cedi as announced by the Ghana Association of Bankers. Full text...

  • Ghana football association chief granted bail
    24 may 2018 09:55:29
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service on Wednesday evening granted bail to the President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, after he was interrogated over allegations that he had used the names of the President, Vice-President and senior government officials tin an alleged crime, the state-owned Graphic newspaper reported. Full text...

  • Gov'ts slow to address road freight transport emissions reductions – NGO
    24 may 2018 09:22:09
    Cologne, Germany (PANA) - Despite its significant contribution to global warming, the road freight transport sector is often neglected in government policies, according to the Climate Action Tracker's (CAT), an environmental NGO.Full text...

  • Thursday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    24 may 2018 08:31:42
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The following are Thursday’s foreign exchange rates for the Gambian Dalasi (D) as published by Trust Bank Gambia Ltd: Full text...

  • Rights group says security forces in northeast Nigeria abuse starving women
    24 may 2018 07:29:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Thousands of women and girls who survived the brutal rule of the Boko Haram armed group have since been further abused by the Nigerian security forces who claim to be rescuing them, human rights group Amnesty International has said in a new report released on Thursday. Full text...

  • Peace, security challenges in Sahel region require ‘holistic approach’, says UN official
    24 may 2018 06:36:23
    New York, US (PANA) - A “holistic approach” is needed to the address peace and security challenges in Africa’s vast Sahel region, a senior United Nations peacekeeping official told the UN Security Council on Wednesday, calling for more investment in better government, social services and youth opportunities. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Water and Sanitation Project: Relief for Chitungwiza Residents (An AfDB feature)
    24 may 2018 06:29:14
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - “For every drop of water you waste, you must know that somewhere on earth, someone is desperately looking for a drop of water!”, according to Novelist and thinker Mehmet Murat Ildan, whose warning could be referring to the likes of 39-year-old Mercy Chimusoro of Zengeza 3 Extension D, Chitungwiza, and her family. Full text...

  • South Korea announces US$5-billion financial package for Africa
    24 may 2018 05:41:39
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) - The South Korean Government and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have issued a Joint declaration following the conclusion of the Ministerial Roundtable of the Korea-Africa Economic Cooperation (KOAFEC) Conference taking place on the sidelines of the ongoing AfDB's 53rd Annual Meetings in which Seoul announced a US$5-billion bilateral financial assistance package for Africa. Full text...

  • Transforming the world requires input from all society: UN deputy chief
    23 may 2018 22:42:16
    New York, US (PANA) - International efforts to create a world where no one is left behind will only become a reality if all sectors in society participate, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General told ambassadors in New York on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tackling corruption ‘from the top down’ essential, declares UN chief
    23 may 2018 22:36:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Corruption and complicity know no geographical boundaries, and it is society’s most vulnerable who get hurt the most, senior United Nations officials said on Wednesday, calling on Government leaders to fight the scourge, “from the top down”. Full text...

  • Ebola outbreak puts DR Congo on an ‘epidemiological knife-edge’
    23 may 2018 22:31:40
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains on an “epidemiological knife-edge” regarding the spread of deadly Ebola disease, despite the quick response by authorities and international partners to the threat, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Korea, WB join forces to build world-class scientific capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa
    23 may 2018 18:48:28
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) – The World Bank and the Government of Korea on Wednesday reinforced their ongoing partnership to support Sub-Saharan Africa’s universities and research institutions in growing highly qualified local talent in areas important for Africa’s transformation, such as renewable energy, big data, artificial intelligence, and engineering. Full text...

  • First African Observatory to tackle the continent’s road safety crisis
    23 may 2018 18:39:42
    Leipzig, Germany (PANA) - The World Bank, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), and the International Transport Forum (ITF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Wednesday to establish the first regional Road Safety Observatory in Africa. Full text...

  • Rwanda signs air transport deals with Angola, Togo
    23 may 2018 17:25:52
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda and Angola on Wednesday signed an agreement allowing RwandAir Express to use the latter's all international airports while Angolan airline TAAG will use Kigali International Airport after a feasibility study is carried out next month. Full text...

  • South African President Ramaphosa donates half his salary for Mandela initiative
    23 may 2018 16:45:36
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday said he will donate half of his salary this year to a new fund which will be launched to mark the 100th anniversary of former president Nelson Mandela's birth. Full text...

  • World Health Assembly delegates agree new five-year strategic plan
    23 may 2018 16:20:20
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - World Health Assembly delegates on Wednesday agreed an ambitious new strategic plan for the next five years. Full text...

  • Rwanda signs cooperation deal with Arsenal FC to boost tourism
    23 may 2018 14:51:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Britain's Arsenal Football Club for strategic collaboration in tourism promotion. Full text...

  • "Sustainability, digitalization are key elements for a green tourism industry"
    23 may 2018 14:49:29
    Pointe-aux-Piments, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Prime Minister, Pravind Jugnauth, on Wednesday said that with the growing uncertainties prevailing on the global tourism market, it is imperative to develop effective strategies to address factors negatively impacting on the sustainable growth of the industry. Full text...

  • Police arrest Ghana football association chief
    23 may 2018 14:39:37
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Police on Wednesday arrested the President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, for alleged acts of bribery and influence peddling shortly after he arrived back home from Morocco, the local media reported.Full text...

  • Wednesday's forex rates for Rwandan Franc
    23 may 2018 13:58:35
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The following are Wednesday's foreign exchange rates for the Rwandan franc, as issued by the National Bank of Rwanda. Full text...

  • Sahel, Horn of Africa attend workshop on peace-building
    23 may 2018 11:55:09
    Addis Ababa Ethiopia (PANA) - The Consultation and Experience Sharing Workshop between the Sahel and the Horn of Africa on Peace-building and the Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education kicked off on Tuesday at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Ghana Police investigate Football Association chief
    23 may 2018 11:38:18
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service has begun investigation of Mr Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), for alleged offences including corruption. Full text...

  • Simba crowned Tanzania champions
    23 may 2018 11:00:24
    Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Simba were crowned Tanzania National League champions for the 2017/2018 season on Saturday despite losing their unbeaten run after a 1-0 loss to Kagera Sugar in the penultimate match of the season. Full text...

  • Generation Foot claim 2nd Senegal FA Cup
    23 may 2018 10:58:25
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Generation Foot FC were crowned champions of the Coupe du Senegal (Senegal FA Cup) for the second time after beating second-tier side, Renaissance de Dakar, 2-0 in the final on Sunday in Dakar. Full text...

  • Donors pledge €1.45 billion for Gambia’s development
    23 may 2018 10:56:28
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Donors meeting in Brussels have pledged 1.45 billion Euros towards financing Gambia’s three-year-development plan.Full text...

  • Exchange rates for Ghana cedi
    23 may 2018 10:13:05
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The following are Wednesday's exchange rates for the Ghana cedi as announced by the Ghana Association of Bankers.Full text...

  • Qatar to build new port on Sudan’s Red Sea region
    23 may 2018 10:01:17
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Qatar is to build a port in Sudan on the Red Sea at the cost of US$4 billion, a Khartoum-based independent newspaper Aljareedah reported on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Wednesday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    23 may 2018 09:10:16
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The following are Wednesday’s foreign exchange rates for the Gambian Dalasi (D) as published by Trust Bank Gambia Ltd: Full text...

  • WB President warns against obsolete technology investments in Africa
    23 may 2018 08:46:23
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) – The President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim has warned African countries against investing in obsolete technology and in industries which were likely to be wiped out by technology and innovation and pay attention to longer-term investments in a digital economy. Full text...


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