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  •  Message of condolences from His Majesty the King to the Egyptian President for the fire in the church in West Cairo
    Message of condolences from His Majesty the King to the Egyptian President for the fire in the church in West Cairo
     Message of condolences from His Majesty the King to the Egyptian President for the fire in the church in West Cairo
    Message of condolences from His Majesty the King to the Egyptian President for the fire in the church in West Cairo
    Africa3 mins ago

    Message of condolences from His Majesty the King to the Egyptian President for the fire in the church in West Cairo

    His Majesty King Mohammed VI sent a message of condolences and compassion to the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Mr. Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, following the fire that broke out in the Abu Sifin church, west of Cairo, and which left several people dead and wounded.

    In this message, the Sovereign said that he learned with deep emotion and pain the painful news of the fire that broke out in the Church of Abu Sifin, west of Cairo, leaving several victims and injured.

    His Majesty the King expresses to President Al-Sisi and, through him, to the bereaved families and to the brother Egyptian people, His deepest condolences and sincere condolences, imploring the Almighty to surround the victims with His Holy Mercy and grant patience and comfort to their loved ones and a speedy recovery to the injured.

    Expressing his sincere feelings of solidarity and compassion, the Sovereign prays to the Almighty to protect the Egyptian president and his country from any misfortune.

  •  The National Basketball Association NBA of Africa the International Basketball Association FIBA and the Egyptian Basketball Federation will host Basketball Without Borders in Egypt this month
    The National Basketball Association (NBA) of Africa, the International Basketball Association (FIBA) and the Egyptian Basketball Federation will host Basketball Without Borders in Egypt this month
     The National Basketball Association NBA of Africa the International Basketball Association FIBA and the Egyptian Basketball Federation will host Basketball Without Borders in Egypt this month
    The National Basketball Association (NBA) of Africa, the International Basketball Association (FIBA) and the Egyptian Basketball Federation will host Basketball Without Borders in Egypt this month
    Africa13 hours ago

    The National Basketball Association (NBA) of Africa, the International Basketball Association (FIBA) and the Egyptian Basketball Federation will host Basketball Without Borders in Egypt this month

    NBA (www.NBA.com) And FIBA's world basketball development and community outreach program will take place on August 10.

    28-31 in Cairo; BWB Africa 2022 will bring together over 60 of the best male and female players aged 18 and under from across Africa to learn from nba, wnba and fiba players, legends and coaches.

    (Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Africa Vignette) (BWB Africa 2019 Group) The NBA, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the Egyptian Basketball Federation announced today that the 2022 Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Africa camp will take place on Sunday, August 2.

    28 – Wednesday, August 31 at the Hassan Mostafa Indoor Sports Complex in Cairo, Egypt.

    The 18th BWB Africa Camp will mark the first time the NBA and FIBA ​​basketball global community outreach and development program will be held in Egypt and the first time on the continent since 2019 in Senegal.

    BWB Africa 2022 will bring together more than 60 of the best under-18 male and female players from across Africa to learn directly from current and former NBA, WNBA and FIBA ​​players, legends and coaches and compete alongside the best young players on the continent.

    .

    Campers and coaches will also participate in life skills, leadership development, and community service programs.

    “Basketball Without Borders is our flagship elite development camp in Africa, and we are delighted that the event will resume on the continent for the first time in three years,” said NBA Africa CEO Victor Williams.

    “Since its launch in 2003, BWB Africa has provided a platform for Africa's best young players to develop and showcase their skills while continuing to grow the continent's basketball ecosystem.

    We look forward to working once again with FIBA ​​on this exclusive program and are excited to collaborate with the Egyptian Basketball Federation to bring this special event to Egypt for the first time."

    “It is fantastic to see Basketball Without Borders return to Africa for this 18th edition,” said Zoran Radovic, FIBA ​​Director of Sports and National Federations.

    “It is clear that the talent in this part of the world is strong, and we have seen some great players who attended BWB camps rise up and become superstars.

    Together with the NBA, we are proud to help continue to build and strengthen basketball in Africa and give these future players the skills they will use both on and off the court."

    “We are delighted to host BWB for the first time in North Africa and Egypt,” said Egyptian Basketball Federation President Dr. Magdy Abo Frekha.

    “It is a great honor to welcome young talent from Africa to the land of the pharaohs.

    In 2022, Cairo hosted the FIBA ​​Intercontinental Cup, the African Basketball League and now the BWB, giving us a feeling that basketball in Egypt is growing and flourishing.

    I want to thank NBA Africa and FIBA ​​for their confidence in Egypt's capabilities to host extraordinary events."

    A record 41 former BWB campers were among the record 121 international players on opening night rosters for the 2021-22 NBA season, including 2019 NBA champion Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2012) and five-time NBA All-Star. Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2011).

    The 2022 NBA Draft saw two former BWB Africa campers drafted into the NBA: Christian Koloko (#33 overall by the Raptors; Cameroon; 2017 BWB Africa) and Khalifa Diop (#39 overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers; Senegal; BWB Africa 2018) ).

    In total, 12 former BWB Africa campers have been recruited by the NBA since 2003.

    The NBA and FIBA ​​have hosted 65 BWB camps in 30 countries since the program launched in 2001.

    BWB has reached more than 3,800 participants from 133 countries and territories, with 105 former NBA and WNBA fielders recruited or signed as free agents.

    BWB Africa 2022 will be supported by Nike, which will equip participants with Nike apparel and footwear, and Gatorade, which will keep players and coaches hydrated throughout the camp.

    BWB Africa 2022 campers and coaches will be announced in the coming weeks.

  •  New white paper outlines the growth of the Ivory Coast and Ghana auto aftermarkets
    New white paper outlines the growth of the Ivory Coast and Ghana auto aftermarkets
     New white paper outlines the growth of the Ivory Coast and Ghana auto aftermarkets
    New white paper outlines the growth of the Ivory Coast and Ghana auto aftermarkets
    Africa21 hours ago

    New white paper outlines the growth of the Ivory Coast and Ghana auto aftermarkets

    'Huge Potential' For Two African Countries' Aftermarket Suppliers' As Vehicle Imports, Spare Parts 'Soar'; Report from German consultancy firm Africon indicates high demand from the US, Europe or the United Arab Emirates: host of Automechanika Dubai (www.AutomechanikaDubai.com) 2022 Download document: https://bit.ly/3AmaO3M A new document A white paper written by Africon, the German consulting firm that supports companies from around the world with business expansion in Africa, has outlined key information on the Ghanaian and Ivory Coast automotive markets.

    Among the data are details on the increase in imported vehicles, as well as a growing aftermarket in the two countries, making the pair increasingly important in the African auto aftermarket in the future.

    The paper highlighted that while Ghana and Ivory Coast are smaller markets than African heavyweights like Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa, they have huge potential.

    Total vehicle imports into both countries have soared over the past six years, with the value of light vehicles in Côte d'Ivoire more than doubling and heavy vehicles almost doubling since 2016.

    In Ghana, growth has been a little slower, but the figures are still impressive with an average of 11 per cent and 10 per cent per year for light and heavy vehicles respectively.

    For both countries, most of the total supply came from the US, the United Arab Emirates and Europe.

    Similarly, in Côte d'Ivoire, despite the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the country's new light vehicle market growth in recent years has been relatively strong, with volume increasing from 7,500 in 2012 to more than 10,000 units relatively steadily in recent years.

    years.

    In total, there are around 800,000 vehicles on the country's roads (excluding trailers and two- and three-wheelers), while Ghana is home to approximately 1.2 million.

    “Spare parts markets are growing equally for both countries,” reads the white paper.

    “While Ghana's parts market is roughly double that of its French-speaking neighbor, Côte d'Ivoire has quickly caught up with annual growth in imported parts rising nearly 20 percent between 2015 and 2021.

    In Ghana , growth is 'only' 10 percent per year over the same period.” Africon believes that with the growth in market size, the two countries are likely to become the focus of parts manufacturers, while the localization of distribution infrastructure is likely to increase.

    As it stands, both Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire have a very similar distribution structure, with global parts manufacturers supplying through international trading companies often based in the UAE or the EU.

    E-commerce has so far played a rather limited role in both countries, the document states.

    Foreign online platforms are sometimes used to import parts, especially due to increased reliance on foreign sources.

    For resale within countries, the vast majority of buyers prefer to “see and touch” the products before ordering.

    Furthermore, the logistical challenges to enable reliable e-commerce systems have yet to be resolved.

    However, many stakeholders believe in future solutions to these challenges and are increasingly interested in exploring opportunities in the digital space in Africa.

    "Although so far only a few global parts manufacturers have their own staff and structures in the region, they should and will get closer to their customers in this regard," the document continues.

    “The importance of e-commerce parts sales and other digital automotive services (repair and service, insurance, ride-sharing, etc.) may well increase to significantly increase convenience for local drivers and vehicle owners.

    To secure a foothold in these promising future markets, local and global companies must take advantage of early adopters.” Africon, with representations in Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania, will attend this year's annual Automechanika Dubai trade show from November 22-24 at Dubai World Trade Center in the United Arab Emirates.

    Despite the challenges of COVID-19, last year's event brought together 20,574 visitors from 129 countries, 578 exhibitors from 47 countries and 12 official country pavilions to reconnect and engage in serious business talks, sign new deals, explore new partnerships and stay updated.

    on the latest market trends.

    The fair's organizer, Messe Frankfurt Middle East, expects more than 750 exhibitors this year, a healthy 30 percent year-on-year increase, and similar visitor growth is anticipated as international travel restrictions continue to ease.

  •  Electronic notification system digitizes notification for polio certification
    Electronic notification system digitizes notification for polio certification
     Electronic notification system digitizes notification for polio certification
    Electronic notification system digitizes notification for polio certification
    Africa21 hours ago

    Electronic notification system digitizes notification for polio certification

    One of the key markers on the global path to poliovirus eradication is certification, the formal verification that a region is polio-free.

    Last month, that scoreboard got a digital upgrade.

    Following the resolution passed at the World Health Assembly in 1988 to eradicate polio, the Global Certification Commission was established to lead the formal certification process for polio-free regions.

    In 1995, the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region established the Regional Certification Commission (RCC).

    The RCC is comprised of scientific and public health experts who independently review and assess country data and documentation of activities and reports submitted by national polio eradication committees for all countries in the Region.

    The RCC has an important purpose: it reviews the annual certification reports submitted by the countries of the Region to identify the gaps in polio-free countries and recommends appropriate risk mitigation measures.

    It also works closely with National Certification Committees (NCCs) and other groups, and reviews progress toward certification of polio eradication and containment of laboratory stocks of poliovirus.

    Each year, the RCC meets with NCC members from countries in the Region, Global Polio Eradication Initiative stakeholders, and ministries of health to review the epidemiological situation, progress, and present recommendations to the countries.

    In May, the RCC met for its 36th meeting in Dubai.

    Speaking at the event, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, Dr Al-Mandhari, expressed appreciation for the RCC's efforts to support polio eradication in the Region.

    “I am pleased to inform you that, as a result of his efforts, 20 of the 22 countries in our Region have achieved the required standards for polio certification.

    With significant progress in the last 2 endemic countries of our Region, we are closer than ever to eradicating polio."

    This year, the RCC reviewed reports from Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

    .

    The reports had been provisionally accepted pending revision based on comments from the RCC.

    For Afghanistan and Pakistan, their progress reports were reviewed and taken into account by the RCC.

    During the meeting, the RCC endorsed the new Annual Electronic Certification Report (e-ACR) system, effectively taking the system out of beta status and moving it into established practice and agreed that certification reports be submitted through this system sooner.

    of the 37th RCC.

    meeting in 2023.

    The e-RCA, as a recommendation of the RCC during the 33rd meeting in 2019, was developed as a web-based system to mimic the offline workflow, including submission, review, approval and archiving of the data reported within the annual meeting.

    certification reports.

    It enables custom and structured data entry that will help users easily retrieve data for comparison and analysis with previous years' reports, a process that previously relied on records kept in multiple separate systems, or even paper records.

    Following software development, 65 participants representing the RCC, NCCs and ministry of health focal persons from 13 countries were trained in 2 separate sessions in May and June 2022.

    Feedback and recommendations from these trainings are being incorporated to the e-ACR system.

    A third training is scheduled for September 2022 for representatives of the remaining 9 countries in the Region.

    The introduction of the innovative e-ACR system makes the Region one of the leading WHO regions in the digital archive of all certification reports.

    This system not only facilitates data retrieval, but also allows the next generation of disease eradicators to learn from the experience of polio eradication certification and process.

  •  One dead 20 injured in explosion at Armenian market
    One dead, 20 injured in explosion at Armenian market
     One dead 20 injured in explosion at Armenian market
    One dead, 20 injured in explosion at Armenian market
    Foreign2 days ago

    One dead, 20 injured in explosion at Armenian market

    NOW An explosion at a retail market in the Armenian capital Yerevan on Sunday sparked a fire, killing one person and injuring 20, the emergency situations ministry said.

    8 mins ago A fire that broke out Sunday in a Coptic Christian church in Egypt's capital Cairo killed 41 people, church officials said.

    The blaze started for unknown reasons at the Abu Sifine church in the capital's northwestern, working-class district of Imbaba, officials said.

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  •  41 killed in fire at Cairo Coptic church
    41 killed in fire at Cairo Coptic church
     41 killed in fire at Cairo Coptic church
    41 killed in fire at Cairo Coptic church
    Foreign2 days ago

    41 killed in fire at Cairo Coptic church

    A fire that broke out Sunday in a Coptic Christian church in Egypt’s capital Cairo killed 41 people, church officials said.

    The blaze started for unknown reasons at the Abu Sifine church in the capital’s northwestern, working-class district of Imbaba, officials said.

    President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi declared on his Facebook page that “I have mobilised all state services to ensure that all measures are taken”.

    Fire services later said the blaze had been brought under control.

    Copts are the largest Christian community in the Middle East, making up at least 10 million of Egypt’s 103 million people.

    The minority has suffered attacks and complained of discrimination in the majority Muslim north African country, the Arab world’s most populous.

    Copts have suffered reprisals from Islamists, particularly after Sisi overthrew former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, with churches, schools and homes burnt down.

    Sisi, the first Egyptian president to attend the Coptic Christmas mass every year, recently appointed a Coptic judge to head the Constitutional Court for the first time in history.

    Egypt has suffered several deadly fires in recent years.

    In March 2021, at least 20 people died in a blaze in a textile factory in the eastern suburbs of Cairo.

    In 2020, two hospital fires claimed the lives of 14 Covid-19 patients.

  •  Eight wounded two critically in terror attack on Jerusalem bus
    Eight wounded, two critically, in ‘terror attack’ on Jerusalem bus
     Eight wounded two critically in terror attack on Jerusalem bus
    Eight wounded, two critically, in ‘terror attack’ on Jerusalem bus
    Foreign2 days ago

    Eight wounded, two critically, in ‘terror attack’ on Jerusalem bus

    Israeli police said Sunday they had arrested a suspect in a shooting attack on a bus in Jerusalem’s Old City that wounded eight people, two critically and including a pregnant woman.

    “The terrorist is in our hands,” police spokesman Kan Eli Levy told public radio hours after the attack that took place not far from the Western Wall, the holiest prayer site for Jews. A gunman started spraying bullets at the public transport bus and people outside the vehicle in the pre-dawn attack at the Tomb of David bus stop, recounted bus driver Daniel Kanievsky.

    “I was coming from the Western Wall. The bus was full of passengers,” he later told reporters in front of his bullet-riddled vehicle.

    “I stopped at the station of the Tomb of David.

    At this moment, the shooting started.

    Two people outside I see falling, two inside were bleeding.

    Everybody panicked.

    ” Israel’s emergency medical services, the Magen David Adom (MDA), called the incident a “terror attack in the Old City”.

    “We were on the scene very quickly,” its medics said in a statement.

    “On Ma’ale Hashalom Street we saw a passenger bus … in the middle of the road.

    Bystanders called us to treat two males around 30 years old who were on the bus with gunshot wounds.

    ” MDA spokesperson Zaki Heller initially said six men and one woman were wounded, with all seven “fully conscious”, before police raised the wounded toll to eight.

    One of the wounded was a pregnant woman, whose baby was delivered after the attack, a Shaarei Tsedek Hospital spokesman told AFP.

    “She remains intubated and in serious condition,” he said.

    “The infant was delivered and is in serious but stable condition.

    ” ‘Pay a price’ Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said after the attack that police, the army and other security services “are working to apprehend the terrorist and will not cease until he is caught”.

    “All those who seek our harm should know that they will pay a price for any harm to our civilians,” Lapid added in the statement.

    “The police and the IDF are working to restore calm and a sense of security in the city,” he said, referring to the Israeli Defense Forces.

    The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, hailed a “heroic operation” without claiming responsibility for the attack.

    “Our people will continue to resist and fight the occupier by all means,” it said in a statement.

    The shooting came a week after the end of a three-day conflict between Israel and Islamic Jihad militants in the densely populated Palestinian enclave of Gaza.At least 49 Palestinians, including Islamic Jihad fighters and a number of children, died in the violence which ended last Sunday after Egypt negotiated a truce.

    Since March, 19 people — mostly Israeli civilians inside Israel — have been killed in attacks, mostly by Palestinians.

    Three Israeli Arab attackers were also killed.

    In the aftermath of those attacks, Israeli security forces stepped up raids in the occupied West Bank. More than 50 Palestinians have been killed, including fighters and civilians, in operations and incidents in the West Bank since then.

  •  Volleyball We will secure the world cup ticket Coach Mohammed says
    Volleyball: We will secure the world cup ticket, Coach Mohammed says
     Volleyball We will secure the world cup ticket Coach Mohammed says
    Volleyball: We will secure the world cup ticket, Coach Mohammed says
    General news3 days ago

    Volleyball: We will secure the world cup ticket, Coach Mohammed says

    The head coach of Nigeria U-21 Men’s Volleyball Team, Sani Mohammed said that his team would   secure the  world cup ticket at the 2022 African U-21 Nations Championship  in Tunisia.  

    Mohammed told the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abuja that the Nigeria Volleyball Federation had given the team all the necessary support.  

    “The team participated in the African U-19 Championship and won, they are the current champions in the continent.  

    “They have graduated to the U-21 Men’s category and they are set to replicate their performance in this championship,“he said.  

    He said the team do not see any team as a threat, adding that they would  give a good account of themselves in all their games.

    “We will take the  teams as they come , we have our strategy we have been following every team and they also follow our development.

    ” Every team have their own strategies and when we meet the result will show our level of preparedness,” he said.

    NAN reports that the Egyptian won the last edition of the championship as the host country in Cairo.

    Cameroon finished as the runners up while Morocco finished in third position and DR Congo placed fourth.

    The  African volleyball U-21 Men’s Nations Championship started on Saturday and will end on Aug.23 in Tunis, Tunisia.


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  •  Ethiopia says completes third filling of Nile mega dam
    Ethiopia says completes third filling of Nile mega-dam
     Ethiopia says completes third filling of Nile mega dam
    Ethiopia says completes third filling of Nile mega-dam
    Foreign4 days ago

    Ethiopia says completes third filling of Nile mega-dam

    Ethiopia said Friday it has completed the third filling of its mega-dam on the Blue Nile, a development that could raise further tensions with downstream neighbours Egypt and Sudan.

    The announcement comes a day after Ethiopia said it had launched electricity production from the second turbine at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) which lies in the west of the country.

    “Today as you see behind me, the third filling is complete,” Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said in images shown on state television from the dam site.

    “The Nile is a gift of God given to us for Ethiopians to make use of it.

    ” The massive $4.

    2 billion dam, set to be the largest hydroelectric scheme in Africa, has been at the centre of a regional dispute ever since Ethiopia broke ground on the project in 2011.

    There is still no agreement between Ethiopia and its downstream neighbours Egypt and Sudan about the GERD’s operations despite talks held under the auspices of the African Union.

    Cairo and Khartoum view it as a threat because of their dependence on Nile waters, while Ethiopia deems it essential for the electrification and development of Africa’s second most populous nation.

    – ‘Gifted nations‘ –Egypt, which relies on the Nile for about 97 percent of its irrigation and drinking water, last month protested to the UN Security Council about the third filling.

    Abiy again sought to reassure Egypt and Sudan over the impact of the dam.

    “When we set out to build a dam on the Nile, we said from the beginning that we did not want to make the river our own,” he said on Twitter.

    “We hope that just like Ethiopia, the other gifted nations of the Nile, Sudan, and Egypt, will get to utilise their share.

    ” On Thursday, he had called for negotiations to reach an understanding but insisted the third filling was not causing any water shortages downstream.

    The process of filling the GERD’s vast reservoir, which has a total capacity of 74 billion cubic metres, began in 2020.

    “Compared to last year, we have reached 600 metres which are 25 metres higher than the previous filling,” Abiy said Friday.

    Ethiopia first began generating electricity from the GERD in February.

    Currently, the two operational turbines, out of a total of 13, have a capacity to generate 750 megawatts of electricity.

    It is ultimately expected to produce more than 5,000 megawatts, more than doubling Ethiopia’s current output.

    Project manager Kifle Horo said Thursday that overall the dam was now more than 83 percent complete and that the goal was for it to be finished in the next two and a half years.

    The 145-metre (475-foot) high structure straddles the Blue Nile in the Benishangul-Gumuz region of western Ethiopia, near the border with Sudan.

    The project was initiated under former prime minister Meles Zenawi, the Tigrayan leader who ruled Ethiopia for more than two decades until his death in 2012.

  •  ACTIF2022 African participants to benefit from Barbados visa waiver
    ACTIF2022: African participants to benefit from Barbados visa waiver 
     ACTIF2022 African participants to benefit from Barbados visa waiver
    ACTIF2022: African participants to benefit from Barbados visa waiver 
    Economy5 days ago

    ACTIF2022: African participants to benefit from Barbados visa waiver 

    African participants in the first-ever AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum (ACTIF2022) taking place in Bridgetown, Barbados, from Sept. 1 to Sept 3, 2022, would enjoy visa waiver requirements for passport holders from 24 African countries.

    The development was contained in a statement signed by Deborah Ross, Senior Public Relations Director, BrandComms, on Thursday.

    According to the statement, the benefitting countries would have otherwise needed visas to enter Barbados.

    It said that citizens of the remaining African countries do not require visas to travel to Barbados.

    It added that citizens of the 24 countries who register to participate in ACTIF2022, would be eligible for the visa waiver programme which allows covered visitors to enter Barbados without visas and to stay for up to 90 days.

    “ACTIF2022, which is being held under the theme “One People, One Destiny: Uniting and Reimagining Our Future”, is being hosted by the Government of Barbados and the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank).

    “The 24 African countries to which the visa waiver decision applies are: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Cape Verde, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti.

    “Others are Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Sao Tomé and Principe, Sudan, South Sudan and Togo,” it said.

    The statement quoted Kay Sealy, acting Permanent Secretary, Barbadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, who said that the move to add these countries to Barbados’ visa waiver list was to enhance business and investment opportunities.

    She added that the visa waiver, also being extended to 19 non-African countries would facilitate the ease of travel for tourists.

    “Participants in ACTIF2022 will include African and Caribbean heads of state and government, senior government representatives, business leaders, representatives of business associations, development agencies, multilateral finance institutions, think-tanks and research institutions from Africa and the Caribbean.

    “ACTIF2022 is being held in collaboration with the African Union Commission, the African Continental Free Trade Area Secretariat, the Africa Business Council, the CARICOM Secretariat, and the Caribbean Export Development Agency.

    “It is co-managed by Invest Barbados and Export Barbados,” she said.


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