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China to import more African agricultural products

China wants to expand the sale of African agricultural products across its e-commerce platforms, according to a senior Chinese foreign ministry official. Wu Peng, director general of the ministry’s department of African affairs, said at a launch ceremony of “African Products Online Promoting Season” that China has never pursued trade surplus with Africa. He said the online promotion will help ...

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UNICEF trying to reunite evacuated Afghan children with families

UNICEF is trying to reunite hundreds of Afghan children who were separated from their families and evacuated to various countries during the hurried U.S. withdrawal from the country, the U.N. agency said on Tuesday. Hundreds of children were separated in the chaotic scenes at Kabul airport and UNICEF is trying to get them back together with their families, spokesperson James ...

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PWDs at tollbooths to stage demo over poor working conditions

Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) working with the Tolls and Routes Management Limited have served notice to the Ghana Police Service of their intention to embark on a demonstration on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, in Accra, to protest poor working conditions. The PWDs intend to express their displeasure and call for instant improvement of work conditions of all PWDs at the ...

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Government to take delivery of over 1.2 million Moderna vaccines on September 4

The government is expected to take delivery of 1,229,620 Moderna vaccines on Saturday, 4th September 2021. According to the Ministry of Information, an additional 1.3 million Pfizer vaccines are also expected in Ghana by the end of this month. A few weeks ago, the country took delivery of some 249,000 doses of Astrazeneca vaccines from the UK government to support ...

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Gender activists mark 17 years of Women’s Manifesto for Ghana

Women rights advocacy organizations led by the Women’s Manifesto Coalition and Abantu for Development on Thursday, September 2nd, 2021 marked the 17 years of existence of Women’s Manifesto for Ghana. The event, which was held via Zoom and on the theme ‘“Women’s Manifesto for Ghana: A Legacy for Women’s Rights,” was meant to review, appraise the significance of the document ...

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UCC ranked No.1 globally for research influence

The University of Cape Coast (UCC) in Ghana has been ranked the number one university globally for research influence. It has also been ranked the number one university in Ghana, the top university in West Africa, and part of the top 5 universities in Africa. The announcement was contained in the 2022 Times Higher Education annual rankings. Universities that published ...

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Weather disasters becoming more frequent and costly, UN agency says

The number of disasters, such as floods and heatwaves, driven by climate change have increased fivefold over the past 50 years, killing more than 2 million people and costing $3.64 trillion in total losses, a U.N. agency said on Wednesday. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says its “Atlas” is the most comprehensive review of mortality and economic losses from weather, ...

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Corruption fight not about resourcing anti-graft agencies

Dr. Kojo Asante, the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) says the government’s mantra of resourcing state institutions to fight corruption has largely been problematic due to the absence of corresponding results. He argues that, although giving the agencies the needed support is good, he said the deep-rooted levels of corruption which continue ...

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Gov’t urged to take charge of extractive sector

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), a fiscal policy think-tank, has called for the state to take over the commanding heights of Ghana’s extractive sector to increase government revenue generation from the nation’s mineral and oil resources. The Institute said compared with other developing economies, Ghana’s revenue generation from the extractive sector is poor, “and is the main source of Ghana’s comparatively ...

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Bucking global shift to cleaner energy, Zimbabwe digs deeper into coal

In contrast to the growing number of countries seeking to wean themselves off coal, Zimbabwe is opening new coal mines that authorities say will allow the country to meet its energy needs and, eventually, become an exporter of the polluting fuel. The government is looking to turn the northwest district of Hwange into a coal hub, with private investors – ...

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