The Second Phase of the AfCFTA Focuses on IP Rights and Trade

There are two main treaties currently regulating Geographical Indications. They include the Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and Their International Registration (Lisbon Agreement), and the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications (the Geneva Act). Together, they are called The Lisbon System. Most African countries have not signed these GI […]

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Union Bank To Support Start-Ups Through The UnionX Innovation Challenge

Union Bank, one of Nigeria’s foremost financial institutions, has unveiled the 2021 UnionX Innovation Challenge, as part of efforts to support young start-ups and boost innovation in the start-up ecosystem.  Tagged ‘A New Discovery’, the Challenge will discover, showcase, and support eligible entrepreneurs across Nigeria with innovative, technology-focused Minimum Viable Products (MVPs).  Speaking on the UnionX Challenge and Union Bank’s […]

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Africa Business Events Industry Set For Its First And 2021 Hybrid Africa MICE Masterclass 2021

Africa Tourism Partners in collaboration with South African Tourism, Gauteng Tourism Authority and BDO South Africa are pleased to announce that the 2021 Africa Business Tourism MICE Masterclass will be held in hybrid format. The in-person session of the Masterclass is scheduled to take place at Marriott Hotel, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg on 24 and 25 March 2021 with a limited […]

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South African Athlete Takes Her Fight to Compete to the Human Rights Court in Europe

Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya will appeal to the European Court of Human Rights against the restriction of testosterone levels in female runners. Semenya is not allowed to compete in events between 400m and a mile without taking testosterone-reducing drugs, following a 2019 rule change by governing body World Athletics. The 30-year-old South African lost an appeal to Switzerland’s Federal […]

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Tanzania's Ministers Still Seem to Be Taking Covid Lightly

Days after President John Mafuguli finally admitted Tanzania has a coronavirus problem, the sight of the country’s finance minister coughing and gasping during a news conference to defend the state of his health has left many in shock. Finance Minister Philip Mpango, who did not reveal what he was suffering from, spoke to about 10 reporters on Tuesday at a […]

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Here's How SA Will Tackle The Freezing And Transit Of Covid-19 Vaccines

South Africa may be in a temporary lull between COVID-19 waves but there is little doubt we will experience another wave at the very least. One express parcel business, DPD Laser, has announced their partnership with helium and natural gas company, Renergen, who have revealed the first Cryo-VaccTM COVID-19 vaccine freezer prototype. The unit can keep vaccines ultracold, delivering a temperature range […]

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While British Colonialism Sought to form One Nigeria, it Created Destructive Divisions

The colonial administration created physical borders to demarcate people and enable economic exploitation. Unsurprisingly, many conflicts have arisen over identity tied to power distribution and the control of resources. Groups that once flourished together with minor tensions and skirmishes have become intractable enemies due to these meaningless borderlines. Psychological borders were also created to build hatred and bigotry. This can […]

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The Claremont Main Road Mosque and the Fight for Spatial Justice

Newlands and Claremont, affluent suburbs of Cape Town, have a tragic history of forced removals. One of the largest and most established communities (classified “Coloured” under Apartheid racial classification legislation) was removed from these picturesque areas under the Group Areas Act in the late 1960s. The forced removals destabilised Claremont and Newlands  and a large part of the community were relocated […]

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The Chibok Girl who Defied her Boko Haram Captors

The story of the extraordinary courage of the women held for up to three years by the Islamist extremists in north-eastern Nigeria has never been told, despite the massive global attention focused on their abduction in April 2014. But now a book, due to be published early next month, will reveal the reality of life for the more than 200 […]

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Africa Needs Investment To Drive Its Clean Energy Transition

Michael Meeser, Chief Investment Officer at Revego Fund Managers Access to affordable renewable energy sources in the coming years will be critical in ensuring growth that uplifts all communities. Success will hinge on the technologies used, partnerships between the public and private sectors, and access to capital, both through primary and secondary markets. Capitalising on Africa’s population boom to realise […]

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