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Antoinette Sayeh
  • Antoinette Monsio Sayeh is set to retire as Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on September 12, 2024.
  • The IMF says her experience, deep integrity, and wise judgment have been invaluable to the global lender.
  • Antoinette Sayeh oversaw several vital initiatives of operations, policies, and corporate priorities, drawing on her deep knowledge of the institution.

Liberian management icon and trailblazer Antoinette Monsio Sayeh is set to retire from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on September 12, 2024.

In an update by the IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva, Antoinette Sayeh will conclude her tour of duty in the Washington-based institution this September where she has been serving as the Deputy Managing Director since 2020.

At the helm, she served with deputy managing directors Kenji Okamura (Japan), Bo Li (China) and Gita Gopinath (US/India) who is the first managing director.

“Antoinette has been a pillar of the Fund’s leadership …

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  • Food security in Africa has been elusive due to unpredictable weather and slow adoption of technology
  • The first is research from the Food and Agriculture Organisation which highlights the priority areas for production of cereals in Africa
  • Although Africa’s population has doubled in the last 30 years, food production has not kept pace with yields often below the global average.

According to research released by Oxfam in 2023, seven people across Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan will die of hunger-related causes in the time it takes the average reader to complete this article.

It is imperative that all stakeholders in the food and agriculture sectors recognise that there can no longer be a “business as usual” approach. Something has to change, and quickly.

SOS Sahel’s Africa Days Forum taking place on 27th and 28th June 2024 in Senegal will this year is focused on “Lost Crops, New Opportunities: …

  • Ruto has bowed to public pressure and withdrawn the Finance Bill 2024, a piece of legislation that contained contentious tax increases.
  • His move follows deadly protests that engulfed Kenya on Tuesday leaving 22 dead and part of parliament set ablaze.
  • President Ruto: “It is clear that Kenyans want nothing to do with the bill. I concede.”

Kenya’s President William Ruto has bowed to public pressure and withdrawn the Finance Bill 2024, a piece of legislation that contained contentious tax increases, following deadly protests that engulfed Kenya on Tuesday.

The demonstrations, which saw parts of the parliament set ablaze, have been described as the most significant since Ruto took office in 2022.

In a national address late Wednesday, President Ruto acknowledged the widespread opposition to the bill, stating, “It is clear that Kenyans want nothing to do with the bill. I concede.” He assured the public that he would not …

  • The number of Africans living in urban areas is expected to increase to around 50 per cent by 2030.
  • In the dynamic journey towards progress, the concept of “Smart Cities” emerges as a beacon of hope, transforming urban spaces into intelligent, efficient, and sustainable hubs.
  • technology can help improve transportation systems. Mobile apps can inform people about real-time traffic updates, schedule public transportation, and facilitate carpooling or ride-sharing services.

Urbanisation in Africa is a force that has become irresistible, the number of Africans living in urban areas is expected to increase to around 50 per cent by 2030. The continent’s urbanisation rate, rated the highest in the world, can result in economic growth, transformation, and poverty reduction. Similarly, it can lead to increased inequality, urban poverty, and the growth of slums. Therefore, the laws, policies, and actions needed to reap positive results from Africa’s urbanisation are critical in the

  • Key findings reveal a significant gender gap in digital technology use, with young African women often pressured to abandon social media
  • The “Youth in Digital Africa” report calls for government investment in infrastructure and skills development
  • Young African Women also face higher rates of online harassment and bullying

Societal norms and bullying have seen young African women lag in adopting digital technologies, a new survey has revealed. The report titled Youth in Digital Africa: Our connections. Our choices. Our future. has been released by Caribou Digital in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation.

The report compiles personal narratives from young people across Africa, providing insights into how digital technology influences their lives and offering recommendations to maximise its benefits.

The study identifies five key themes: access, skills, jobs, voice, and choice, highlighting the intertwined nature of digitalisation in their experiences.

Caribou Digital conducted a six-month study across seven African countries …

  • The transformative potential of the Heaven on Earth Program utilizes self-reprogramming techniques to achieve inner peace, happiness, and financial abundance through mental and spiritual practices.
  • Supported by scientific research and universal wisdom, the program emphasizes brain synchronization, meditation, and manifesting desires to foster mental clarity, emotional stability, and overall well-being.
  • By integrating these holistic practices, individuals can reprogram their minds to create a state of ‘heaven on earth,’ enhancing their happiness, wealth, and life performance.

Is it possible for individuals to achieve a state akin to heaven on Earth through the Heaven on Earth Program? This question lies at the heart of a profound exploration into the transformative potential of self-reprogramming to elevate happiness and wealth. In this article, we delve into compelling research findings to deepen comprehension and endeavour to provide insights into this intriguing inquiry.

The concept of the “Guide to Heaven on Earth Living,” as posited …

  • At the ongoing AfDB Annual Meetings 2024 in Nairobi, President Dr. Akinwumi Adesina highlighted Africa’s resilience and growth potential despite global challenges, highlighting the AfDB’s impactful initiatives in infrastructure, climate action, and economic development.
  • Dr. Adesina celebrated the Bank’s 60th anniversary, showcasing its financial innovations and strong partnerships aimed at empowering women, and youth, and promoting sustainable development.
  • The President’s speech inspired optimism and a collective resolve to continue driving Africa’s progress and transformation.

The cool Nairobi air buzzed with anticipation as leaders, policymakers, and stakeholders from across the African continent and beyond gathered at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, in Kenya’s capital today. The opening ceremony of the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Annual Meetings 2024 was not just an ordinary event; it marked a turning point in the institution’s history—its 60th anniversary. Against this historic backdrop, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, the President of AfDB, delivered a powerful speech that …

  • Google is rolling out Umoja cable, the first-ever fibre optic link directly connecting Africa with Australia, aiming to enhance global digital infrastructure and foster economic growth.
  • The Umoja project, developed in collaboration with Liquid Technologies, will improve connectivity and drive digital inclusion across Africa.
  • This initiative is part of Google’s long-term commitment to Africa’s digital transformation, with investments in infrastructure, cybersecurity, and AI innovation to support growth.

In a deal set to revolutionize digital connectivity across continents, tech heavyweight Google has announced the launch of Umoja, the first-ever fibre optic link directly connecting Africa with Australia. This project is poised to enhance global digital infrastructure, foster economic growth, and drive digital inclusion on a new level scale.

The Umoja cable, anchored in Kenya, will traverse a diverse array of African countries, including Uganda, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa, before crossing the Indian Ocean …

  • Three Americans are among 50 arrested in a failed attempt to overthrow President Tshisekedi of DRC.
  • The alleged coup leader, Christian Malanga, a US-educated former refugee and naturalized US citizen, along with his son Marcel and Benjamin Zalman-Polun, a cannabis entrepreneur from Maryland, among those arrested.
  • The UN and international community have condemned the coup attempt, instead, calling support for the Congolese government.

In a stunning turn of events that has sent ripples through the international community, three American nationals have been arrested for their alleged involvement in a failed coup attempt in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The dramatic incident unfolded in the early hours of Sunday May 19th, culminating in a shootout in the capital, Kinshasa. Later, a disturbing video footage shows two of the American men pleading for mercy on the ground, surrounded by heavily armed government forces.

The plot to overthrow President Félix Tshisekedi’s government …

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