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Chief Transport Economist, African Development Bank (AfDB), Lydie Ehouman has said that the bank has been able to secure an agreement for additional €3.5 million for the Abidjan- Lagos highway project. The Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS project is aimed at creating a corridor of road linking five countries in the region. The countries are Nigeria, Benin Repulic, Cote d’Ivore, Togo and Ghana. The road when completed is expected to benefit 40 million...

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Zimbabwe’s worsening social, political, and economic landscape means trouble for the Southern Africa subregion. Conditions for the people of Zimbabwe continue to go from bad to worse. Triple-digit inflation shows no signs of slowing.  Over half of the country lives in poverty.  Its corrupt government lurches from disinterest in the population’s pain to rosy projections for growth based on pure fantasy to clumsy interventions like the recent short-lived edict banning banks from lending. Politically, the merger...

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The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced the approval of a $1.5 billion emergency programme to alleviate the effect of worsening food insecurity as a result of the Russia/Ukraine War, this was revealed by its director on Monday. About 20 million farmers on the continent will benefit from the fund as Africa faces a shortage of at least 30 million metric tonnes of food, especially wheat, maize, and soybeans imported from Russia and Ukraine. “The US$1.5...

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The dialogues in the Horn of Africa inspire little confidence to resolve the region’s crises while U.S. diplomatic efforts seem insufficient in an area of strategic interest. It’s a matter of conventional wisdom that the crises gripping the Horn of Africa are fundamentally political, and that viable, sustainable solutions can be found only through inclusive political dialogue. But in both Sudan and Ethiopia, current dialogues—one internationally-backed and one a domestic project—inspire little confidence. The United...

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President Hassan’s emphasis on economic growth and political liberalization in Tanzania are especially compelling to the United States in the context of a generally troubled East Africa. Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan made the most of her recent trip to the United States, signaling a desire for an improved relationship and deeper bilateral economic ties. Given U.S. interests in a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic East Africa, and the worrying trends in the region, her charm offensive should...

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African countries’ justifiable disaffection with the West should not override their commitment to Ukraine and liberal values. There is nothing quite like a war when it comes to resurrecting old grudges, and in this regard, the Russia-Ukraine conflict has hardly disappointed. Invoking historical rough justice and persistent infantilization by the West, African countries have, to widespread astonishment, refused to give full-throated backing to Western sanctions against Russia. Seventeen of the thirty-five abstainers from the United...

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As the DRC becomes the newest member of the East African Community,  the regional organization confronts multiple challenges in its effort to tackle insecurity in eastern Congo. The East African Community (EAC) wasted no time in wading into the complex and murky security issues bedeviling its newest member, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The DRC, which is also a member of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Common Market for Eastern...

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Compaore’s conviction is good news for the rule of law and democratic consolidation in Africa.    Former Burkinabe President Blaise Compaore’s sentence of life imprisonment by an Ouagadougou military court for complicity in the murder of his predecessor, Thomas Sankara, marks an important victory for the rule of law in the country and the region as a whole. In exile in the Ivory Coast since his ouster from power following a popular uprising in 2014,...

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News of a truce in Ethiopia is welcome, but it far from guarantees an end to the Tigray conflict. Last week, good news emerged from Ethiopia. The federal government announced a truce in its sixteen-month conflict with Tigrayan forces, expressing hope that its action would improve the humanitarian situation in the region and pave the way for lasting peace. Tigrayan forces responded in kind, pledging to make the truce a success. Trust is in extremely short supply,...

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Kenya’s Ministry of Health has announced a relaxation of the COVID-19 containment measures following relatively fewer cases as well as positivity rates over the past couple of months. The Health Minister, Mutahi Kagwe, in a press address on Friday, announced that Kenyans are no longer obligated to wear face masks in public places. The Minister, however, encouraged Kenyans to keep wearing their face masks during indoor meetings, where all attendees must have undertaken the jab...

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