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United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)

ECA’s findings reveal opportunities for value chain investment in Central Africa

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Findings by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) have unveiled massive economic opportunities in Central Africa if governments propel high investments in...
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

Earth Day activities to amplify ECA’s COVID-19 recovery report

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The Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) premier COVID-19 recovery report, Building Forward for an African Green Recovery, will be amplified at the “Leaders Summit...
The debilitating impact of climate change

ECA vows to further partnership in Africa’s fight against climate change

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Reiterating its tangible contribution to Africa's efforts of adaptation, preparedness and response to climate change, the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has vowed to...
ECA

ECA and development partners urged to help Africa beat COVID-19

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African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development have called on the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and development partners to support efforts for...
A man sits outside the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat office in Accra, capital of Ghana, August 17, 2020. Ghanaian President on Monday handed over the edifice housing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) secretariat to the African Union (AU) for the commencement of work. (Ghana Presidency/Handout via Xinhua)

ECA supports leveraging AfCFTA to drive digital trade in Africa

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The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is making significant progress in supporting African countries to leverage the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA) to...
Health Death Covid

ECA launches report on post-COVID-19 pandemic recovery

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The Economic Commission for Africa has launched the ’Building Forward for an African Green Recovery’ report, highlighting the continent’s bold post-COVID-19 pandemic recovery strategy. The...
UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)

ERA 2020 launched, focuses on private sector innovative financing

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The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) on Tuesday launched its flagship Economic Report on Africa (ERA), empowering the continental private sector to thrive and...
Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia

Veep calls for investment in ICT and digital data collection tools

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Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has urged African governments to invest in ICT infrastructure and digital data collection tools. He, therefore, called on heads of...
Forum

2020 High-Level Political Forum on SDGs: World leaders urged to take advantage of COVID-19

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Scores of high-profile young leaders across the globe who are bent on creating a better and more sustainable future for all have urged governments...
Covid-19

Continental platform to provide 600 mln Africans with latest COVID-19 guidance

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Africa's first-ever continental public health communications platform launched on Tuesday is aimed to provide about 600 million Africans with the latest public health advice,...
ECA

Africa Regional Index underlines integration as key to building resilient economies

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The second Africa Regional Integration Index (ARII 2019) has been launched by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Development Bank and the...
Africa-China

African countries urged to deepen business ties with China amid COVID-19

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African countries have been urged to strengthen business and economic activities with China in order to tap into the booming Sino-Africa trade relations to...

2020 Ibrahim Leadership Fellows announced

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The Mo Ibrahim Foundation has announced the selection of the 2020 intake of Ibrahim Leadership Fellows, who make up the programme’s ninth cohort. The incoming...
Map Africa

One-month full lockdown across Africa to cost US$65.7 billion

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A one-month full lockdown across Africa would cost the continent about 2.5 percent of its annual GDP, equivalent to about 65.7 billion U.S. dollars...
Covid

UN says up to 29 million people in Africa at risk of extreme poverty...

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Nearly 29 million people in Africa might fall into extreme poverty due to the negative economic impacts of COVID-19 pandemic, an official at the...
Covid

Innovative tech, connectivity key to fight COVID-19 in Africa

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Stating that COVID-19 is a clarion call for Africa to prioritize digital connectivity and governance, Africans have noted that innovative technology and connectivity is...
ECA

ECA appeals to G20 to open trade corridors for pharmaceutical and health supplies

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The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has appealed to G20 leaders to support and encourage open trade corridors, especially for pharmaceuticals and other health...
ECA

African governments must review their budgets -ECA

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The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has suggested African governments to review their budgets to reprioritise spending towards mitigating the expected negative impacts from...
Participants attend the 36th ordinary session of the executive council of the African Union Commission which in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, Feb. 6, 2020. The 36th ordinary session of the African Union (AU) Executive Council, which comprises ministers of the 55-member pan-African bloc, opened on Thursday in the framework of the 33rd AU summit at the AU headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. (Xinhua/Michael Tewelde)

Launch of multi-million USD initiative to benefit African women

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African leaders are putting women at the front of efforts to drive the continent's economic growth through the launch of a women-empowerment initiative, dubbed...
Mapping Africa

UNECA chief says good governance vital imperative for lasting peace in Africa

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Bad governance, the absence of women at decision-making tables and youth unemployment are some of the challenges that continue to blight Africa's quest for...
land

UN agency urges concerted efforts to boost access to land for African women, youth

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The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) on Tuesday urged African policymakers to exert concerted efforts in augmenting access to land for the...
The 5th Session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD), with the theme of “Empowering People and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality,” provided a space for discussions on identifying the specific challenges Africa faces in achieving SDGs 4, 8, 13, 16 and 17 and the levers of change required to accelerate their implementation. ARFSD

UN-ECA, Zimbabwe eye upcoming continental sustainable development forum

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The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the Zimbabwe government on Tuesday disclosed joint readiness to utilize the upcoming high-level Africa Regional Forum...
Fintech

Financial innovations vital to transform Africa’s business sector – ECA

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The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) on Tuesday emphasized the vital need to promote technological innovations in the financial sector to transform...
climate change

United African front urged to address climate change

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African ministers, experts and climate activists have emphasized the urgent need to create a united African front to drive the continental momentum in tackling...
digital economy

Africa mulls enhanced role of digital economy towards regional integration

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Experts and policy makers from across Africa have emphasized on enhanced role of the private sector in the digital economy towards regional integration of...
Internet

UN agency urges concrete actions as Africa hosts 21 of world’s 25 least connected...

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African countries have been urged to exert concrete actions in promoting the Information Communications and Technology (ICT) sector as the African continent presently hosts...
Africa-China

Africa benefits from Chinese engagement in replicating China’s socioeconomic successes

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Ethiopia and fellow African countries have benefited a lot from Chinese engagement amid their crucial need to replicate China's success across socioeconomic development arenas,...
Mapping Africa

African countries urged to establish strong data, evidence to effectively counter future shocks

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African countries have been urged to establish stronger data and evidence to better understand and plan for future risk and monitor progress of global...
Most Liveable African Cities

African cities yet to tap into revenue opportunities offered by rapid urbanization

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African cities are yet to tap into revenue opportunities offered by rapid urbanization, a new UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) report revealed on...
Tourism, Beach, Africa,

Experts, policymakers urge more investment in tourism to drive East Africa’s growth

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Some 300 East African experts and policymakers on Thursday emphasized further investments in tourism as a priority sector to drive the momentum in East...