African Energy Chamber encouraged by Kosmos Energy on Recent Appointment of New West Africa Regional Director

African Energy Chamber demands more action from International Oil Companies (IOC’s) and Governments on empowering women in Oil and Gas Khady Dior Ndiaye DAKAR, Senegal, January 13, 2020/ — The African Energy Chamber (EnergyChamber.org) is encouraged by Kosmos Energy’s appointment of Senegalese national Khady Dior Ndiaye as Vice President and Regional Director for West Africa. The appointment is a very positive step towards promoting women in leadership positions in the oil sector and recognising the extremely talented energy leaders emerging out of West Africa. “The appointment of Khady Dior Ndiaye…

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Cameroon: U.S Triples HIV/AIDS Support to over $97 million

The U.S government has indicated its commitment to support Cameroon to end HIV/AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 By Boris Esono Nwenfor The United States government says it is tripling its assistance to Cameroon’s HIV programme to over $97 million for 2020 (approximately 5.7 billion FCFA). The announcement made in a communiqué dated January 13, 2020, commended laudable measures taken by the government of Cameroon to eliminate user fees for all HIV services at public health facilities, and accredited community sites. “Eliminating user fees will help Cameroon reach…

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Ghana: Ghana’s Mining Communities Are Still Not Getting Their Just Dues

Ghana has gold, diamonds, bauxite, manganese, salt, limestone, granite and oil. Its mining and quarrying sector contributes significantly to its economy. It is the second-largest gold producer in Africa after South Africa and the tenth-largest producer in the world. Two years ago, gold, the flagship mineral, contributed 96% of mineral export revenues (excluding oil and gas). In total, the mining sector contributed 43% of export revenues in 2017. But mining communities in Ghana are generally poor. Mining imposes socio-economic costs on host communities through land acquisitions, environmental degradation, pollution and…

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South Sudan: Starvation Stalks Counties Cut Off by Floods, Insecurity

In many homes around Jebel Boma County, dinner consists of bitter-tasting leaves that can be picked off the bushes outside. The leaves are neither filling nor nutritious, but in South Sudan’s Jebel Boma and Pochalla counties, there’s not much else to eat. Through a combination of ruinous floods, a lack of decent roads and widespread insecurity, the two counties in the Upper Nile region, near the border with Ethiopia, have been effectively cut off from the rest of South Sudan and a reliable food supply. This reporter visited the area…

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Africa’s Most Powerful Passport

With a score of 151 and Ranking 29th in the 2020 Henley Passport Index, Seychelles still has the most powerful passport in Africa. Although dropping 3 spots from last year’s ranking, Seychelles still has the best passport in Africa and has seen an increase in its visa-free access from 126 countries in 2017 to 151 countries around the world. Seychelles’ passport strength draws largely from its visa-agreement with the Schengen area and the country’s willingness to discuss visa waivers with other countries. The Henley Passport Index is the original ranking…

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