South African diplomat, Wamkele Mene appointed first secretary-general of African Continental Free Trade Area

AFRICA – Wamkele Mene, One of South Africa’s top trade negotiators has emerged as the new secretary-general of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Mene, who was also Pretoria’s chief negotiator during the AU’s discussions on the formulation of the AfCFTA assumed the new office after endorsement by the AU heads of state summit in Addis Ababa. Mene’s appointment was settled by voting by heads of state following an intense debate that pitted his candidature against Nigeria’s favorite Cecilia Akintomide, a banker by profession. Nigeria argued for the appointment…

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Dangote, UNECA launch initiative to promote health services in Africa

ETHIOPIA – Aliko Dangote Foundation, GBCHealth, and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) have launched a joint venture health platform, the African Business Coalition for Health (ABC Health), in a move to boost health care services in the continent. The platform was launched in Ethiopia during the 32nd African Union Summit which had brought together heads of governments and business community leaders across Africa. ABC Health is aimed at bringing together Africa’s key decision makers in exploring opportunities for propelling the continent’s economic growth through business partnerships and investments…

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