Thousands brace for a continental ICT camp for African girls

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Addis Ababa, 27 November 2020 (ECA) - Over 3000 women and girls from across Africa are expected to participate in a hybrid (online and in-person) event scheduled to run from 30 November to 11 December 2020, focusing on ICT as a crucial tool for women’s empowerment.

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Africa’s Customs chiefs commit to implementing new continental Covid-19 trade facilitation guidelines

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Addis Ababa, 27 November 2020 (ECA) – Africa’s customs experts have given their support to the adoption of continental guidelines to facilitate free and timely flow of cross-border trade amid the COVID-19 pandemic ahead of the start of trading under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) on 1 January 2021.

They made the pledge at a virtual meeting of Directors General of Customs on the continent organized by the African Union Commission (AUC) today, saying that the solutions must be maintained and upgraded following the crisis.

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Digital Transformation in a post-COVID world: Africa continues to trail other regions says new report

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Addis Ababa, Geneva, Washington DC, 25 November 2020 -The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and Portulans Institute, a research and educational think tank based in Washington DC, have teamed up to launch the results and rankings of the think tank’s latest edition of the Network Readiness Report (NRI 2020) in a bid to assess how countries are leveraging information technologies for future readiness.

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Professor Laban Ayieko Ogallo - Message of Condolences

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The Climate Science community in Africa learned with shock of the sudden passing of Professor Laban Ayieko Ogallo on the 20th November 2020 in Nairobi due to sudden illness.

Recalling his wise words of counsel, his patience, humility and openness, it is easy to understand why those he interacted with are so profoundly saddened by his death.

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AfCFTA will increase demand for transportation infrastructure in Africa, experts say

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Addis Ababa, 24 November 2020 (ECA) – Demand for transportation services in Africa will be on the increase as the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement goes into operations in January next year, transport sector experts said today.

Speaking on the second day of Nigeria’s National AfCFTA strategy workshop, the experts said any country with an efficient transportation infrastructure necessary to facilitate the trading would be in the commanding position under the new era.

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End gender-based violence, ‘once and for all’, UN urges on International Day

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Commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Wednesday, the United Nations has called on governments worldwide to redouble efforts and eradicate gender-based violence forever. 

In his message for the day, Secretary-General António Guterres underlined the need to prioritize women’s leadership in finding solutions and to engage more men in the struggle. 

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West African think tanks and experts meet virtually to discuss generational economy and structural transformation in the COVID-19 era

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Niamey (Niger), 25 November 2020 - The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Sub-Regional Office for West Africa, in partnership with the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, today virtually launched the proceedings of a meeting of West African Think Tanks and experts on the theme: "Generational Economy and Structural Transformation in COVID-19 era in West Africa".

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New report reveals how Covid-19 has affected Eastern Africa

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Kigali 25 November 2020 - When the Covid-19 pandemic sent the global economy into a recession, the East Africa region was not spared. According to UN Economic Commission for Africa’s Economic and Social Impacts of Covid-19 in Eastern Africa report, the region’s labour market has been the worst hit on the continent, with an estimated 38 million jobs lost.

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Nigeria’s AfCFTA Committee holds workshop aimed at creating Africa’s transportation hub

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Addis Ababa, 23 November 2020, ECA – Nigeria’s National Action Committee on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) opened a three-day workshop series today that focuses on making the country the transportation hub for Africa under the trading bloc.

The objective of the series is to develop its national strategy for the transportation sector, including road, shipping, aviation and rail segments for implementing the continental agreement when it becomes operational on 1 January next year.

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