Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Africa as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’. 

Libya: Make plans now about Expats

Companies operating in this region should be developing contingency plans for removing key expatriate personnel at a moment’s notice …

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Africa: Launch of African free trade deal postponed due to coronavirus

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement, which was due to commence on the 1st of July 2020, has now been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic …

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Africa: Latin America, Africa begin to feel full force of COVID-19 pandemic

Maps showing the incidence of COVID-19 across the world often leave white space across Africa and Latin America …

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St Helena: Average wage from full-time employment falls to £8,410 in 2018/19

The minimum hourly wage for employees over the age of 18 on the British Overseas Territory of St Helena is currently £3 …

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Sierra Leone: Government declared a state of emergency over sexual violence

The incidence of sexual and gender-based violence across the country, led last year to the state President declaring a state of emergency …

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Cameroon: Youth-Connekt

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Civic Education has announced the launch of “Youth-Connekt” – an online platform that aims to boost youth employment in the country …

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Sudan: Decision to repeal public order laws a step forward for women’s rights

A public order law introduced in the wake of the now deposed President Bashir – tightly regulating the women’s freedom of dress, movement, association, work and study – has now been repealed by the transitional government …

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Seychelles: New policy for foreign workers

The Employment Ministry has recently announced that from 2020, new legislation relating to the recruitment and employment of foreign nationals will come into force …

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Sierra Leone: Government announce new visa policy for visiting travellers

Citizens of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are now allowed to enter Sierra Leone with a free of charge visa-on-arrival …

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São Tomé and Príncipe: Lusophone compact

The government of this Atlantic equatorial island nation has signed an agreement (known as the Lusophone Compact) with the African Development Bank and Portugal …

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Côte d’Ivoire: Rwanda waives visa requirements for Cote d’Ivoire citizens

Cote d’Ivoire citizens may now visit Rwanda without a visa …

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Burkina Faso: First banking sector collective agreement was signed

After more than 20 years of negotiations, the first banking sector collective agreement was signed on the 6th of May 2019. This not only seeks to regulate working conditions across the sector, but establishes a 3-year review process for salary and indemnity tables set out in the agreement.

Togo: National cybersecurity agency established

The small west African state of Togo has just established a cybersecurity agency – the ANCY …

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Sub-Saharan Africa: Death penalty remains

29 countries in this region continue to apply the death penalty in cases of murder without extenuating circumstances, and more than 4,200 people sit on death row. The number of state executions, however, are low, with just 28 last year in four countries: Botswana, Somalia, South Sudan, and Sudan. Although there is a move to abolish this sentence, the number of highly violent crimes involving two or more people has been on the increase, often for a purely economic motive. However, the proportion of reported crimes are low and in many countries over half of all cases are withdrawn at the level of the Magistrates Court. Thus, in Botswana, for instance, the incidence of homicide is officially greater than for burglary, drug offences, or fraud.

Sierra Leone: Anti-Corruption Amendment Act 2019 tabled in parliament

In all African countries, the constant preoccupation of the political leadership is how to sell off their country’s resources for personal gain …

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