East Africa

Rwanda: EIB and BRD back businesses affected by COVID-19

EIB and BRD back businesses affected by COVID-19

The European Investment Bank and the Rwandan Development Bank have launched an initiative to back new investments by companies affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The new targeted financing scheme will include support companies in sectors most impacted by the trade, economic and health challenges triggered by COVID-19 and unlock investment …

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Sudan: US seeks more progress before resuming aid

US aid to Sudan

The United States says it’s encouraged by Sunday’s deal reinstating the Sudanese prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok – but wants more progress before restoring aid, BBC News reported. The State Department repeated calls for all civilian leaders detained after last month’s coup to be released. Sudan’s governing generals have already released …

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Kenya: unvaccinated citizens will no longer be served in the administration

unvaccinated Kenyan will no longer be served in the administration

The government of Kenya has said it intends to introduce a directive next month to prevent citizens who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 from receiving government services. Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe said unvaccinated people would be banned from public transport, local airlines and train services. Kenyans will also require …

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United States congratulates Burundi, lifts sanctions

United States congratulates Burundi and lifts sanctions

The US government on Thursday has removed sanctions placed on Burundi six years ago, crediting elections, a fall in violence, and reforms by President Evariste Ndayishimiye. President Joe Biden revoked the sanctions that targeted 11 people in the East African country, mostly military and security officials including then-public security minister …

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Burundi: a minister fired for ‘tarnishing’ the country’s image

Capitoline Niyonizigiye

Burundian President Évariste Ndayishimiye has dismissed Commerce Minister Capitoline Niyonizigiye, accused of “undermining government’s aspirations and orientations…and for tarnishing the image of Burundi”. Iwacu news website tweeted a photo of the minister: Capitoline Niyonizigiye, ministre du Commerce, destituée https://t.co/wWmLtBKysc pic.twitter.com/T5koPOswfD— IWACU Burundi (@iwacuinfo) November 18, 2021 Ms Niyonizigiye is the …

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