World Bank to support Nigeria’s essential sectors

world bank to support oil demand decline

World Bank to support the Nigerian government to strengthen the health and education sectors. The President, World Bank Group, David Malpass, said this during a press briefing at the 2020 annual general meeting on Thursday. Pointedly, the World Bank support for the country in the cause of the pandemic continue to reduce public fiscal constraint He said: “For Nigeria, the vital steps are to strengthen the health system and the education system, and we try to work in those areas. “Also, the governance system and transparency are vital in order…

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World Bank Approves $12bn for COVID-19 Vaccines

covid-19 vaccine on the display in a lab for distribution

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved an envelope of $12 billion for developing countries to finance the purchase and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, tests, and treatments for their citizens. The financing, which aims to support vaccination of up to a billion people, is part of an overall World Bank Group (WBG) package of up to $160 billion through June 2021 to help developing countries fight the COVID-19 pandemic. It adds new financing to the World Bank’s COVID-19 emergency response programs that are already reaching 111 countries. This…

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IITA, Cassava Growers sign MoU to improve Seed Varieties

iita relating with cassava growers group in their farms

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has signed a pact with the Nigeria Cassava Growers Association (NCGA) for the second phase of the Building of Economically Sustainable and Integrated Cassava Seed System (BASICS-II) project, AgroNigeria reports. The move will improve cassava seed varieties and will birth a new role for cassava seed producers and root farmers in Nigeria, IITA said. Director-General of the Institute, Nteranya Sanginga, was represented by the officer in charge of IITA Abuja, Gbassey Tarawali, during the signing. According to him, the project will provide an…

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COVID-19: UNECA says remittances to Africa shrinks by $18billion

UNECA logo symbolizing united nations economic for africa

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has said that COVID-19 pandemic is likely to cost the African continent $18 billion in remittances. A new report launched by UNECA on Wednesday, entitled “Preserving Remittances in the Time of COVID-19”, highlighted the “severe impact” that the global COVID-19 pandemic has had on remittance inflows to Africa, mainly due to the situation of migrants in most affected countries. The report was launched by UNECA, in partnership with the anti-poverty organization ONE. The report noted that remittances have steadily increased over the…

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COVID-19: UK to sponsor digital literacy training in northern Nigeria

Ben describing digital training training project

As part of Nigeria’s National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (2020-2030) vision to transform the country into a leading digital economy that would provide a quality life for all Nigerians in 10 years, the United Kingdom Government, through its Prosperity Fund Digital Access Programme, has signed a resilience training agreement with Tech4Dev, to carry out Basic Digital Literacy Training for rural clusters in northern Nigeria to enhance pandemic resilience. The agreement was signed on October 5, 2020, by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), and the Nigerian non-profit organisation,…

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Prioritise inclusive jobs creation, World Bank urges African countries

inclusive jobs creation as highlighted by the world bank's Africa' Pulse

The World Bank Group admonishes sub-Sahara African countries to prioritise policies that will guarantee inclusive jobs creation on the continent. Focusing on the paths to recovery for the continent, the Bank projected African economy will enter into a recession for the first time in 25 years. Reversing this, however, will require policies that prioritise firstly, sustained growth and secondly, inclusive jobs creation. The Bank disclosed this in a report titled Africa’s Pulse: Charting the road to recovery. “Steady recovery in Sub-Saharan Africa after the COVID-19 pandemic requires policies that foster sustained growth and…

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WTO DG: Okonjo-Iweala advances to final round

Okonjo-Iweala fate of being the DG of WTO is known today

Race to World Trade Organization – Director-General, WTO DG enters final round and Okonjo-Iweala made it. World Trade Organization – members selected two final candidates — Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee — to advance to the final round in the race to lead the Geneva-based trade body, according to people familiar with the matter. By advancing two women to the final round of the selection process, the WTO will likely have the first female director-general in its 25-year history. Okonjo-Iweala served two stints as Nigeria’s finance minister…

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WTO DG: Okonjo-Iweala Knows Fate Today

Okonjo-Iweala fate of being the DG of WTO is known today

A former Nigeria’s minister of finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, will on Tuesday know her fate in a bid to be the 7th director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Okonjo-Iweala scaled the first phase of the selection process. She is among the five candidates that were chosen from the eight candidates nominated by their respective governments in July. “My vision is of a WTO with purpose, where members coalesce around the capacity of trade to help foster economic growth and sustainable development,” she said in a statement to the Council.…

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IAWPA names Uzodimma 2020 SDG most-friendly governor

Governor Hope Uzodimma receives IAWPA SDG AWARD

The International Association of World Peace Advocates, IAWPA has named Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma the 2020 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Most Friendly Governor in Nigeria, The Nations reports. Also, the association urged the development organisation to visit and invest in Imo State. Accordingly, it names the United Nations, African Union, Economic Commission for the West African States, and others for the visit. The association decorated the governor as an Eminent Peace Ambassador, based on his pursuit of peace in his leadership style. The award ceremony, which took place at…

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Funmi Adewara, wins World Bank’s SDGs award

Funmi Adewara receives world banks award

Funmi Adewara, chief executive officer of Mobihealth International, has been honoured by the World Bank for her role in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) three. Mobihealth International is said to be Africa’s first fully integrated telehealth start-up leveraging technology in harnessing diaspora, local doctors and medical service providers through a secure electronic medical record and video software. Adewara, a graduate of the University of Ibadan, is one of the seven women entrepreneurs rewarded with the 2020 SDGs and Her Awards. Other winners include Annisa Hasanah Ashyad of Ecofun Indonesia;…

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