Less Globalization, More Multilateralism

Kemal Derviş Kemal Derviş, a former minister of economic affairs of Turkey and administrator for the United Nations Development Program, is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. WASHINGTON, DC – With the COVID-19 catastrophe having laid bare the vulnerabilities inherent in a hyper-connected, just-in-time global economy, a retreat from globalization increasingly seems inevitable. To […]

Africa Industry

$1.2 million for Ethiopia-Sudan railway study by the AfDB.

The two-year, comprehensive feasibility study will assess the proposed project’s technical, economic, environmental and social viability ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, June 9, 2020/ — The African Development Bank’s Board of Directors has approved a $1.2 million grant to Ethiopia’s government to finance a feasibility study for construction of a standard-gauge railway (SGR) link between Ethiopia and […]


Chinese Diplomats Behaving Badly

 Minxin Pei CLAREMONT, CALIFORNIA – Chinese diplomats have long had a reputation as well-trained, colorless, and cautious professionals who pursue their missions doggedly without attracting much unfavorable attention. But a new crop of younger diplomats are ditching established diplomatic norms in favor of aggressively promoting China’s self-serving COVID-19 narrative. It is called “wolf warrior” diplomacy […]

Africa Agribusiness

African Development Bank unveils food security strategy roadmap against impacts of COVID-19

A report released alongside the roadmap recommends immediate, short- and medium-term solutions for the agriculture sector ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, June 8, 2020 – The African Development Bank has unveiled a strategic roadmap of projects and programmes to assist African countries in tackling the nutrition and food security aspects of the COVID-19 crisis through a raft […]

Opinions Opportunities

Envisioning a Blue Recovery

Erna Solberg is Prime Minister of Norway. Tommy Remengesau, Jr. is President of Palau. OSLO/NGERULMUD – From Jamaica to Palau and Norway to Indonesia, the impact of the COVID-19 crisis is global, and national recovery efforts must be globally focused to seize shared opportunities. Nowhere is this more evident than in the global domain that […]

Africa Markets

African Energy Chamber Calls for Extension and Compliance with Production Cuts Ahead of Next OPEC Meetings

Along with gradual reopening of global economies, production cuts are pushing prices back to $40/barrel much quicker than initially thought JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, June 5, 2020/ — As OPEC prepares to host the 179th Meeting of the OPEC Conference and 11th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting via videoconference next week, the African Energy Chamber is […]

Africa Industry

AfDB approves new five-year strategy for Nigeria amidst COVID-19 concerns

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, June 5, 2020 – The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has approved Nigeria’s Country Strategy Paper (CSP) 2020-2024, which builds on the successes and challenges of the 2013-2019 edition, and incorporates emerging developmental realities and opportunities shaping Nigeria’s political and economic landscape, including in the post-COVID-19 period. Ebrima Faal, […]

Africa Uncategorised Wellness

Lawyering in Crisis: African countries among innovation leaders against COVID-19

There have been 192 innovations directed at COVID-19 from Nigeria alone, as well as more than 90 from South Africa ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, June 4, 2020/ — African innovators have shown creativity and ingenuity in finding solutions to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, but face legal barriers to safeguarding their intellectual property. There have been 192 […]

Africa Wellness

Singer and activist Youssou N’Dour, Zambia’s Minister of Health, AfDB Vice President headline call to build African solidarity post-COVID-19

COVID-19 crisis could exacerbate inequalities in education, health and employment opportunities that exist on the continent ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, June 4, 2020 – How can Africa build on the solidarity shown during the coronavirus pandemic to achieve the continent’s development goals in the post-COVID world? That was the question posed at a webinar hosted by […]