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Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Belgium's federal ministers for cooperation and foreign trade are visiting Guinea and Burkina Faso this week to "formalise a new partnership" with the two African nations. Burkina Faso had been a partner country of the Belgian Development Cooperation scheme until 2003. The Belgian foreign ministry said resuming the partnership will allow Belgium to "give structural support to the fledgling democratisation process". Guinea, meanwhile, has been heavily affected by the Ebola epidemic and was officially declared Ebola-free on 29 December. Belgium said it would focus on strengthening the country's healthcare system and contributing to reconstruction efforts.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

In Uganda, Africa4Climate provides technical assistance to the Kampala city authority (KCCA), supporting its low-carbon and climate change resilient municipal development strategy as well as its energy efficiency strategy. Expertise France used the 21st UN conference on climate change (COP21) in Paris to showcase its sustainable development activities. On 4th December, at the Generation Climate space, Expertise France presented its Africa4Climate project, in conjunction with its financial partners, the French Development Agency (AFD) and the French Global Environment Facility (FFEM).

The Federal Republic of Germany last week announced a donation of €16.5 million (about $18 million) to support refugees in East Africa. Tanzania is of recent host to several thousand displaced people  from Burundi. “We welcome the generous contribution of the German Government and people; their consistent support for UNHCR, in this case funds for the operation in Tanzania and two other countries which have received Burundian refugees will definitely help to fill some of the large gaps in the response to our on-going appeal,” Joyce Mends-Cole, the UNHCR Representative in Tanzania said. Of this, €14 million ($15 million) will go to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to provide food assistance to both Burundian and Congolese refugees in Tanzania.

The Dutch multinational Unilever, one of the largest global manufacturers of personal hygiene and home care products will return to Cuba after being authorized to create a joint venture with majority ownership, reported dpa news. The company, which will partner with the State firm Intersuchel, will invest more than US $35 million and should begin operating this year in the free zone of the port of Mariel, located about 40 kilometers west of Havana.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

The Uganda government together with the French Embassy in Uganda and the French Development Agency (AFD) regional Representation in East-Africa last week signed three new financing agreements in 2015, for a total amount of 51.7 million euro.  The financing agreements were signed by Uganda Finance Minister Matia Kasaija  the French Ambassador Mrs Sophie MAKAME, and the Director of AFD in East-Africa, Yves Boudot. Two of the financing agreements are aimed at supporting rural electrification extension from the national grid to the local communities currently not accessing clean energy needed to spur sustainable economic and social development. The project will be implemented by Rural Electrification Agency for a total amount of 51.2 M €.