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The International Monetary Fund warned that the global economy is entering 2022 in a weaker position than previously expected as it downgraded its global growth outlook largely due to clouds gathering over the recoveries in the United States and China. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook calls for the global growth to downshift from 5.9 per cen…
 
Microsoft Corp exceeded analysts’ expectations for second-quarter revenue on Tuesday, propelled by strong demand for its cloud-based services from more businesses migrating to hybrid work models due to the coronavirus pandemic. Microsoft has become one of the most valuable companies in the world by betting heavily on corporate software and services…
 
US President Joe Biden says he would consider imposing economic sanctions personally targeting Vladimir Putin if the Russian president orders a new attack on Ukraine. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged European allies to have sanctions ready to go if Russia invades Ukraine. Russia has amassed some 100,000 troops within reach of Ukraine’s bo…
 
The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe held a crisis meeting with captains of industry on Monday at which they pledged a commitment to work closely in curbing the parallel market exchange rate volatility. The central bank governor, John Mangudya says both parties acknowledged the positive economic achievements made so far which include year on year inflation…
 
Kenyan growers and exporters dealing in the avocado export business face an indefinite ban on the export of Hass and Fuerta varieties. Kenya Agriculture and Food authority director, Benjamin Tito noted that the ban, which took effect on November 15, 2021, is aimed at curbing the harvest and export of immature avocados. The food regulator noted the …
 
Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli has expressed Egypt's keenness on reaching a legally-binding agreement for filling and operating the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam to achieve the interests of all parties through striking a balance. Madbouli says Egypt showed interest in resuming negotiations at the nearest chance with the aim of finding solutions …
 
President Muhammadu Buhari launched the national policy on 5G for Nigeria’s digital economy, with a clear directive to all the security agencies to immediately leverage the technology to enhance security in the country when it has been deployed. President Buhari also allayed fears over health safety of 5G, affirming that such issues had been effect…
 
The Central Bank of Nigeria’s Monetary Policy Committee retained the Monetary Policy Rate at 11.5% and kept all other parameters unchanged. CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele made the announcement while addressing journalists at the bank’s headquarters in Abuja. Lowering the rate could have stimulated more borrowing while raising the rate could have sign…
 
The Federal Government will outline its policy position for the marginal field bid round to eligible awardees who have fully or partly complied with signature bonus payment in the 2020 marginal field programme. It says the policy position would be made public at a forum being planned by the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission in Abuja…
 
The International Monetary Fund has retained its 2022 growth forecast for Nigeria at 2.7 per cent and increased the 2023 projection by 0.1 per cent to 2.7 per cent. The IMF had in its October report last year projected a 2.7 per cent growth rate for 2022 and 2.6 per cent for 2023. The IMF downgraded its growth forecast for sub-Saharan Africa to 3.7…
 
Serbia and the Belgium-based Euroclear signed an agreement to make the Balkan country’s local debt euroclearable or clearable through the Euroclear international settlements system, which would help lure foreign portfolio investments. Finance Minister Sinisa Mali says the Euroclear membership was vital for the future sales of European Union candida…
 
An alliance of airlines and airports called for changes to the European Union’s planned climate change legislation on Monday, arguing it will make them less competitive with non-European rivals. The alliance argues long-haul flights via non-European hubs would not be subjected to the same associated costs, leading to a potential shift in business t…
 
Taliban and Western diplomats are holding a meeting outside Norway’s capital Oslo for talks focused on Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis. The closed-door discussions with representatives of the United States, France, Britain, Germany, Italy, the European Union and Norway. The Taliban earlier met with Afghan civil society members, including women ac…
 
Ghanaian authorities have shut down Maxam Mining Company Limited responsible for manufacturing, storing, and transporting explosive materials for mining operations in the country following a deadly explosion last week. Investigations are underway, the authorities say, into Thursday's blast near the mining town of Bogoso, that killed at least 14 peo…
 
Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera has sacked his entire cabinet over corruption concerns. The president vowed to confront all forms of lawless conduct by public officials. He says a new cabinet would be announced in two days. Three ministers are facing charges including the minister of lands who was arrested last month in a bribery case. The labour…
 
Mali's government has called on Denmark to immediately withdraw a contingent of troops deployed to the West African nation as part of an international counter-terrorism force. The military government says the deployment of about 90 Danish soldiers had taken place without its consent. Denmark says it's in touch with the government in Bamako and is w…
 
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has stopped the registration of alcohol in sachet and small volume and glass bottles below 200 mitres amidst other stringent regulatory measures. The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, says the registration of new alcoholic drinks in a sachet, small volume and glass b…
 
The Federal Government is considering autogas as an alternative to the Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol. The Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva, explained that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, in his capacity as the Chairman of the National Economic Council, is also leading an effort in collaboration with state governors to di…
 
The federal government, represented by the Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu, has held a follow-up meeting with Egyptian authorities in an effort to boost electricity supply, including renewable energy in Nigeria. Aliyu affirmed the commitment of the federal government to see that Nigerians have an efficient power supply in the nearest future. Aliy…
 
The Minister of Finance, Budget and Economic Planning, Zainab Ahmed, says that the Federal Government had postponed the planned removal of subsidies on petroleum products till further notice. The finance minister says the Federal Government initially had plans to remove subsidies on petroleum products from July this year. She says that was the reas…
 
Seoul says Iran is expected to regain its vote in the UN General Assembly after South Korea paid Tehran’s delinquent dues to the world body with Iranian funds frozen in the country. Iran however announced that US sanctions had impeded its ability to make the payment on its arrears for the second year in a row. The finance ministry says Seoul comple…
 
The head of the German navy has resigned after coming under fire at home and abroad for saying that Ukraine would never regain the Crimean Peninsula, which was annexed by Russia in 2014. Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schoenbach also said it was important to have Russia on the side against China, and suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin deserved…
 
Armenian President Armen Sarkisian announced that he was resigning his largely ceremonial position, citing the inability of his office to influence policy during times of national crisis. The announcement comes on the back of a period of instability in the ex-Soviet Caucasus nation in the wake of a war with its long-standing rival Azerbaijan. Armen…
 
The United Arab Emirates says it intercepted and destroyed two Houthi ballistic missiles that were targeting the country, and there were no casualties. The defence ministry says the remnants of the intercepted ballistic missiles fell in separate areas around Abu Dhabi. Houthi-run Al Masirah television channel says the group would announce within ho…
 
The United States has ordered the families of all American staff at the US Embassy in Ukraine to leave the country amid heightened concern that Russia, which has massed troops on the border, is about to invade. The State Department also said that non-essential embassy staff could leave Ukraine at government expense and that all Americans should con…
 
A Civil Society Organisations grouping has demanded the urgent introduction of wealth tax to facilitate the trickledown effect of financial resources to the country in a bid to reduce the alarming poverty levels. The Zimbabwe Fight Inequality Alliance's spokesperson, Janet Zhou declared a week of action, piling pressure on the government to introdu…
 
The United Nations Refugee Agency is appealing for nearly $60 million for tens of thousands of victims of intercommunal clashes over dwindling resources in Cameroon's Far North region. UNHCR spokesman Boris Cheshirkov says the appeal will provide critically needed relief over the next six months for both the displaced and those sheltering them in C…
 
The Swazi Observer newspaper reports that Eswatini will destroy 10,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines that have expired. The country's health ministry says that AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines are still available and therefore vaccination will continue. The Johnson & Johnson vaccines expired on Tuesday last week. The newspaper reports that the current …
 
Shell Petroleum Development Company will attempt to convince the Court of Appeal, Owerri Division, to upturn an N800 billion judgement against the oil giant by a Federal High Court in the state in 2020. The company however was expected to tell the appeal court that the lower court failed to listen to its argument that the oil spill claim was unsubs…
 
Aliko Dangote, says mechanical work on his much-awaited crude oil refinery had been completed and the facility would begin to run between August and September this year. Dangote says full production at the refinery could commence by the end of the year or the beginning of 2023. He says that Dangote Group would continue to do more towards strengthen…
 
The Central Bank of Nigeria says that effective February 1, 2022, all import and export operations would require the submission of an electronic invoice authenticated by Authorised Dealer Banks on the Nigeria Single Window Price Portal – Trade Monitoring System. The apex bank explained that the introduction of the e-valuator and e-Invoice would rep…
 
Chairman of the council, Samuel Nwanosike says that at least 112 illegal refineries have been discovered in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State. He says that 99% of the discoveries were made in a particular community located along the OML 17 trunk lines. Governor Nyesom Wike had pledged N460 million to the 23 local government area chairme…
 
Russia’s central bank proposed a blanket ban on the use and creation of all cryptocurrencies within one of the world’s biggest crypto-mining nations, citing the dangers posed to the country’s financial system and environment. The central bank also took aim at mining, which it said hurts the country’s green agenda, jeopardizes Russia’s energy supply…
 
South Korea unveiled a 14 trillion won supplementary budget on Friday to support the self-employed and small businesses that have taken a heavy hit from extended COVID-19 curbs. The finance ministry says some 11.5 trillion won will be used to help small business owners and compensate their losses caused by the extension of virus-related measures. A…
 
China and Russia blocked a US push to impose United Nations sanctions on five North Koreans in response to recent missile launches by Pyongyang. China’s block came before a new closed-door council meeting on North Korea, also requested by Washington, and was followed by Russia’s decision to similarly oppose the American proposal. The US Treasury De…
 
The US Embassy in Khartoum says that Washington would not resume its paused economic assistance to Sudan until violence there comes to an end and a civilian-led government is restored. The US halted $700 million in emergency assistance since the military coup in October. The US Embassy in Khartoum says the US officials strongly condemned the use of…
 
UN Secretary-General António Guterres says there is a demonstrable effort to make peace in Ethiopia after more than a year of civil war. Mr Guterres spoke to the African Union (AU) chief envoy to the Horn of Africa Olusegun Obasanjo who briefed him on the peace efforts. The UN chief says the AU envoy expressed optimism that there is now a real oppo…
 
The authorities in Burkina Faso say they disrupted access to Facebook due to security fears. Government spokesperson Alkassoum Maiga says the authorities did not have to explain themselves on the shutdown first reported on 10 January and which appears to have continued. The government announced on 11 January that eight soldiers were arrested over a…
 
Sudan's military chief, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, has appointed 15 ministers to a new government. The move comes almost three months after he seized power in a military coup that derailed a planned transition to elections. Correspondents say the naming of a new government is unlikely to appease the protesters who want the military to quit the…
 
A United Nations-backed agency, Medicines Patent Pool, has struck a deal for nearly 30 generic drug makers to manufacture low-cost versions of Merck & Co’s COVID-19 pill, molnupiravir for poorer nations. A Reuters report stated that the deal, negotiated by the UN-backed organisation with Merck, would expand output by increasing the number of compan…
 
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum has commended the Senate for re-amending the Electoral Act Amendment Bill giving room for direct, indirect, and consensus options for nominating candidates for the various political parties in the country. They commended the Senate for amending clause 84 regarding the mode of candidate selection in the Electoral Act Ame…
 
Former Head of State Abdulsalami Abubakar raised concerns over the removal of fuel subsidies. General Abdulsalami says the country is facing challenges on multiple fronts and a fuel subsidy removal will only compound the situation. The Federal Government says it plans to discontinue the payment of fuel subsidy by June but the move has been rejected…
 
US mobile networks AT&T and Verizon have agreed to postpone the rollout of their new 5G service at some airports. The telecoms firms expressed frustration as they bowed to pressure to limit their rollout. AT&T says it was temporarily deferring the rollout at a limited number of towers around certain airport runways adding that regulators had had tw…
 
The Finance Ministry says Britain is to crack down on misleading advertisements for crypto assets, which often target retail consumers with poor knowledge of the risks. The finance ministry says that about 2.3 million people in Britain now own a crypto asset, but research suggests that understanding of the sector is declining, suggesting that some …
 
The British parliament is expected to debate a motion entitled recognition of Somaliland which has been tabled by MP Gavin Williamson. Somaliland seceded from Somalia more than 30 years ago, but it is not recognised as an independent state by the African Union or the United Nations. Somaliland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has welcomed the motion a…
 
President Tayyip Erdogan says that he was pleased with the lessening in lira volatility and that the government was working on steps to increase interest in the Turkish currency. State-owned Anadolu news agency reports that the president said the lira will get firmer, interest rates will fall in the same way, and 2022 will be our brightest year. He…
 
The South African government is collaborating with the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development to promote the development of green hydrogen in the country. Minister Mondli Gungubele says the German ministry would be supporting the project with at least €12.5 million in funding. Gungubele added that the Investment and Infrast…
 
Kenya has extended the suspension of all inbound and transit passenger flights from the United Arab Emirates for a further seven days. The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, Director General Gilbert Kibe, says this because of the impasse between the two countries which he says is still persisting. The Dubai Aviator regulator had pointed out that the m…
 
Kenya’s highest court began weighing a legal bid to revive government plans to shake up the country’s political system, just months ahead of crucial elections. The Supreme Court ruling on the proposed constitutional changes, expected after three days of hearings this week, may have major consequences for the August 9 presidential and parliamentary …
 
The trial of the leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu stalled on Tuesday after he objected to the fresh charges brought against him by the Federal Government. The Federal Government had filed fresh terrorism charges against the detained leader of the proscribed IPOB leader before the Federal High Court. Kanu objected to the fresh …
 
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