AfDB approves US$137m loan for Botswana’s post-Covid-19 economic recovery

BOTSWANA – The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved a US$137 million loan to support Botswana’s economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. The funds, extended under the Bank Group’s Botswana Economic Recovery Support Program, will be used to enact multi-sector reforms that will increase spending efficiency, create jobs and drive inclusive growth. The project has three components: enhancing domestic resource mobilization and mitigating fiscal risks to enhance macroeconomic performance and create fiscal space for spending on social safety nets; supporting private sector-led agriculture and…

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Hospitality group Sun International appoints Sam Sithole as chairperson

SOUTH AFRICA – Hospitality and gaming group Sun International has announced the appointment of Sam Sithole as its new chairperson as it navigates the turbulent Covid-19 environment. Sithole replaces Jabu Mabuza, who recently died from Covid–19. Sun International chief executive Anthony Leeming said that Sithole brought a wealth of experience to the group with a proven track record at the company. “Sam Sithole’s history with the company has given him valuable knowledge and insight, and his more than 20 years of experience in finance and investment will serve us well. The…

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Rwanda receives US$3.6m from EU to revamp labs for Covid-19 vaccine production

RWANDA – The government of Rwanda has signed a Rwf3.6 billion (US$3.6 million) partnership with the European Union to help upgrade the country’s laboratory capacity to help it attract investors to manufacture Covid-19 vaccines. The funds will be used to strengthen the Foods and Drugs Authority’s quality control for medical products to enable the regulator to acquire the necessary certification from the World Health Organisation (WHO). “What we signed is a step to revamp and also strengthen the Rwanda Foods and Drugs Authority. The money we will receive from the EU will support…

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AUDA-NEPAD and Ecobank Group partnership to launch financing component under the 100,000 MSMEs Initiative

AFRICA – The African Union Development Agency NEPAD (AUDA-NEPAD)) and the Ecobank Group, its strategic partner on the development of the 100,000 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Initiative, are set to launch the financing component as from 27 May 2021.AUDA-NEPAD launched the 100,000 MSMEs Programme to accelerate African economic transformation, provide the needed skills, and build resilience against the economic shock triggered by the global Covid-19 pandemic. The ‘100 000 MSMEs’ initiative seeks to build the capacity of 1,000,000 enterprises in Africa through entrepreneurial and business training to improve access…

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Kenya Airways seeks US$501m bailout to weather Covid-19 pandemic

KENYA – National carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) says it will need at least US$500 million in bailouts to stay afloat in the next nine months as it navigates the turbulent aviation sector following collapse in air travel demand amid Covid-19 economic fallout. The airline’s chief executive officer Allan Kilavuka, said that the money will be used on operations including staff remuneration, maintenance of aircraft and settling water, security, and electricity bills. Without the government bailout, Mr Kilavuka warned the airline risks running out of money in the near future as…

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Standard Bank bags global award for SME Covid-19 crisis relief effort

SOUTH AFRICA – Standard Bank has been recognised as among the top banks globally in its efforts to support and provide relief to its small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) clients since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. It was the only financial services organisation in South Africa to be invited to participate as a nominee in the “SME Bank of the Year” category at the SME Banking Awards, and the bank received a Silver award. This award category recognises top institutions that demonstrated compassion and provided crucial support to SME…

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IMF loans Kenya US$2.4b for budget support to weather Covid-19 hardships

KENYA – The government of Kenya is set to receive a US$2.4 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for budget support to weather the Covid-19 pandemic economic hardships. International Monetary Fund (IMF) said this week that the two have inked the deal for the 38-month credit facility whose disbursement will start in the coming weeks. Kenya had sought the loan from IMF in December 2020, making it the second following the US$739 million received in May, that Kenya applied to help it respond to the economic shocks caused…

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Kenya Airways to receive US$91.4m bailout from the government

KENYA – National carrier Kenya Airways (KQ), has received US$91.4 million from the Kenyan government as part of efforts to prop up the carrier after the Covid-19 pandemic grounded airlines globally. The airline, which is 48.9% owned by the government with Air France-KLM holding a small stake, secured US$71.3 million from Kenya’s National Treasury and US$18.3 million from the ministry of transport, Business Daily newspaper reported, citing a supplementary budget presented to parliament for approval. Kenya Airways has not commented on the report, which did not say when the airline…

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South Africa’s Acsa sells stake in Mumbai Airport to Adani Group for US$87.6m

SOUTH AFRICA – Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) has disposed of its 10 percent stake in India-based Mumbai International Airport Private Limited (Mial) for US$87.6 million, the government-owned company said in a statement. Mial was one of two international airport investments that were owned by Acsa with the other in Brazil, through the Guarulhos International Airport in São Paulo. The India-based Adani Group acquired the stake, as well as a 13.5 percent stake in Mial that was owned by Bidvest’s Bid Services Division, according IOL Acsa made a US$80.8 million…

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Kenya gets US$18m for green trade and Covid-19 war from Denmark

KENYA – The government of Kenya has received US$18 million support from Denmark to help promote East Africa regional trade and combat Covid-19 pandemic. The funding will be channelled through TradeMark East Africa (TMEA), which works with governments in the region to reduce trade barriers through automation and setting up of the required infrastructure such as One Stop Border Posts (OSBPs). The Danish funding comes in two financial agreements with US$15 million funding Kenya’s efforts to transition to Green Trade and creating sustainable jobs under the Denmark and Kenya Strategic…

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