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#Africa Loses U.S. $190 Billion in GDP to Covid-19 – AfDB.

President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina, recently stated that the economy of Africa has lost over $190 billion due to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adesina, during the AfDB’s 2021 virtual Annual Meeting, added that the pandemic has forced 30 million people into extreme poverty with “an estimated 39 million people could fall into poverty by the end of 2021.He however said the bank took prompt actions to African economies with the launch of a $3bn social impact bond on global capital markets, which was at the time the largest ever US denominated social bond in world history. The bank announced a $10bn Crisis Response Facility  providing  $28m to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention saving  lives and livelihoods.

East Africa

#DRC – Rwanda: economic cooperation established.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda signed on Saturday three agreements on bilateral cooperation after a meeting between the two heads of state.The agreements were signed during the visit of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who met with his Congolese counterpart Felix Tshisekedi in Goma. The agreement signed concerns the promotion and protection of investments, taxation and tax evasion between the two countries and a memorandum on gold mining cooperation.According to Felix Tshisekedi, it was time to experience the other side of sharing peace, love and economic fraternal exchanges between the two countries. It was an occasion for DRC to reiterate its interest to join the East African Community (EAC), a decision that is generating reactions in Goma.The two presidents have held many meetings in recent months, particularly during international summits.

Egypt

#Egypt turns to Tanzania on Nile dam dispute.

Egypt is working to build the Stiegler’s Gorge dam on the Rufiji River in Tanzania, at a time when the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) crisis between Ethiopia and two downstream countries Egypt and Sudan reached a turning point. companies have started implementing the Stiegler’s Gorge dam project on the Rufiji River.Egypt is one of Tanzania’s top 10 economic partners as both countries have agreed on several major projects and started implementing some, such as the Stiegler’s Gorge dam project and the Julius Nyerere Hydropower Station attached to it.Many observers believe that the gains from the construction of the Stiegler’s Gorge dam are not limited to economic profits, but also extend to Egypt achieving significant political gains in the GERD issue.

South Africa

#S.Africa’s government confirms the woman did not give birth to ten babies.

The South African government has officially claimed that there is no record to show that the woman who gave birth to ten babies recently was actually pregnant.

South Africans are eagerly waiting for proof of what would be a world record. Relatives and neighbors of the couple have insisted the news is true.A Malian woman gave birth to nine babies only last month in Morocco, in what was hailed as the world’s first case of nonuplets holding the world record. The Department of Social Development in South Africa’s Gauteng province confirmed tracing Sithole and spokeswoman Feziwe Ndwayana said they would make an announcement after meeting with the family. Another local government department said earlier this week that it had no record of the babies’ births in any of the province’s hospitals.One organization has given $70,000 to the couple to help and other South Africans are being encouraged to donate.Alongside #Tembisa10, the term #NationalBabyShower has been trending on Twitter.

Mali

#Protesters call for French troops to leave.

Activists in Mali stage protest against French military presence in Bamako, calling for the total withdrawal of French troops from the country.Some waved Russian flags and held banners calling for greater cooperation between Mali and Russia.The demonstration came as Germany’s defence minister announced that 12 German troops and a soldier from another country were wounded following an attack on soldiers taking part in a United Nations mission in Mali.Mali has been trying to contain an Islamic extremist insurgency since 2012.A military coup last year in Mali has complicated matters further, and the junta’s leaders have faced criticism from France and the African Union.

South Africa

South Africa tightens restrictions as new infections climb.

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday reimposed restrictions for two weeks to combat a surge in coronavirus case.The worst-hit country on the continent is facing a massive resurgence of infections with health facilities are stretched to the limit… ICU beds in short supply, and the country has been placed on alert level four, just one level below a full lockdown.

Ramaphosa banned all gatherings, except for funerals where numbers will be capped at 50, and also ordered a ban on the sale of alcohol.Eateries and restaurants will not be allowed to serve sit-down meals, and will only be allowed to sell food for take-away or delivery.A nighttime curfew has been lengthened by an hour – starting at 9pm till 4am, while all schools should be shut by Friday.Authorities say the peak of the third wave fuelled by the Delta variant first identified in India will surpass that of earlier waves as the country struggles to quickly roll out vaccinations.

Sudan

#Sudan Cabinet – ‘Unanimous Decision’ to Hand Darfur War Crimes Accused to ICC

In a ‘unanimous decision’, Sudan’s Cabinet has pledged to hand former officials indicted for war crimes in Darfur to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The decision shortly follows the visit to Sudan and Darfur by outgoing ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, during which she stressed the necessity of handing over former Minister of the Interior Ahmed Haroun, accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity, to the ICC before the end of July so that he can be tried along with Ali Abdelrahman (Kushayb) in The Hague.Sudan’s Minister of Federal Governance, Buseina Dinar, confirmed the cabinet decision on Saturday, saying that the  unanimous decision is aimed at establishing peace and stability in the country’. She assured a press conference in Khartoum that “the court needs to resolve its procedures.

Algeria

#Algeria Cabinet resigns following parliamentary elections results.

Algerian Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad and members of his cabinet on Thursday presented their resignation to President Abdelmadjid Tebboune.

.President Tebboune requested Djerad and his team to stay in office until a new government is formed.The outgoing Parliament was dominated by the former ruling parties, namely the National Liberation Front (FLN) and the National Democratic Rally (RND), while the Islamists constituted the major opposition force.