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Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday became the world’s first recipient of a coronavirus vaccine from Covax, a global scheme to procure and distribute inoculations for free for poorer countries.

President Akufo-Addo: Successful Ghanaian diplomacy led to establishment of AfCFTA secretariat in Accra

Successful Ghanaian diplomacy enabled the African Union (AU) to agree to the location in Accra of the Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said.
Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo attends the fifty-sixth ordinary session of the Economic Community of West African States in Abuja on December 21, 2019. Kola Sulaimon-AFP

Ghana’s president: AfCFTA is the most important initiative introduced by AU

The most important initiative introduced by the African Union (AU) is the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Chairman of the Economic of West African States (ECOWAS), President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has said.
FILE PHOTO - A lorry passes a Brexit themed poster on the road close to the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland near Newry, Northern Ireland, December 31, 2020. REUTERS-Phil Noble

Northern Ireland-Britain supply chain at risk of collapse – hauliers

The supply chain between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom is a “boat breakdown” away from collapse as a result of the post-Brexit regulatory border, the UK’s Road Haulage Association (RHA) has warned the British government.
A medical worker, wearing a protective suit and face mask, administers a nasal swab to a patient at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing centre in Le Bignon, France, December 22, 2020. REUTERS-Stephane Mahe

New year arrives with US hitting 20 million coronavirus cases

The United States marked the New Year on Friday by passing the extraordinary milestone of 20 million Covid-19 cases, after global celebrations welcoming in 2021 were largely muted by the pandemic.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson called Brexit “a new beginning in our country’s history and a new relationship with the EU as their biggest ally”.

Brexit to take full effect as UK leaves EU single market

Brexit becomes a reality on Thursday as Britain leaves Europe’s customs union and single market, ending nearly half a century of often turbulent ties with its closest neighbours.
Turkey and Britain signed a free trade agreement on Tuesday, ensuring a continuity of commerce after Britain leaves the European Union’s (EU) single market and customs union this week.

Post-Brexit: Turkey signs free trade agreement with Britain

Turkey and Britain signed a free trade agreement on Tuesday, ensuring a continuity of commerce after Britain leaves the European Union’s (EU) single market and customs union this week.
Britons may need visas for stays in the European Union longer than three months, French European Affairs junior minister Clement Beaune said on Thursday.

Britons may need visas to enter EU for long stays from January

Britons may need visas for stays in the European Union longer than three months, French European Affairs junior minister Clement Beaune said on Thursday.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday night met behind closed doors with President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

President Buhari holds closed-door meeting with Ghanaian president in Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday night met behind closed doors with President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Russia-linked sources are using social media in an attempt to influence elections in the European Union, according to a new report on disinformation released today by the European Commission, just one month after parliamentary elections in the union.

EU, Britain continue post-Brexit negotiations via video

Eleven weeks after Brexit, Britain and the European Union (EU) are hoping to finally make progress towards a trade agreement.
The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) says it is providing one billion dollars grant to African countries to support the implementation of the Agreement for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

Nigeria undergoing reforms for AfCFTA

Intra-Africa trade has been historically low due to numerous trading rules and tariffs of many countries, leading to untapped potential in the region.
Thousands of people joined a protest for independence in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, on Saturday, with one lawmaker saying 250,000 supporters took part.

Thousands protest for Scottish independence in Edinburgh

“What a day! 250,000 behind us marching for independence,” Scottish National Party lawmaker Joanna Cherry tweeted from the event, where many people carried Scottish flags.
Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas. UN Photo

West Africa: Shining example of peace, democracy in Africa – UN

The United Nations has described the West African region as shining example of peace consolidation and democracy on the continent making the positive role of ECOWAS recognised.
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May gives a statement outside 10 Downing Street in London on November 14, 2018, after holding a cabinet meeting where ministers were expected to either back the draft bexit deal or quit. - British Prime Minister Theresa May defended her anguished draft divorce deal with the European Union on Wednesday before rowdy lawmakers and a splintered cabinet that threatens to fall apart. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

British premier Theresa May seeks EU compromise to save Brexit deal

Wounded by a battle with her own MPs, British Prime Minister, Theresa May, pleaded on Thursday with EU leaders for concessions that might save her Brexit deal, while playing down hopes of a swift breakthrough.
Acting Finance Minister of Finance Zainab Ahmed

FG assures ECOWAS of fiscal policies to protect emerging industries, encourage investments

The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, says the Federal Government will continue to deploy fiscal policies that will protect its industries and also encourage investments in critical sectors of the economy.
Zainab Ahmed

Nigeria expresses support for regional common tariff, customs union

The federal government has assured ministers of member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) of Nigeria’s support for regional common tariff and customs union towards trade liberalisation, industrialisation and integration.
Scotland's First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon, acknowledges the applause from delegates after delivering her keynote speech on the final day of the SNP annual conference in Glasgow on October 9, 2018. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP)

Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon vows to reject Theresa May’s Brexit deal

Scotland's pro-independence leader vowed on Monday to vote against any Brexit agreement that fails to preserve much closer EU-UK ties than currently under discussion.
Prime Minister Theresa May

UK set to publish Brexit plan that sparked rebellion

British Prime Minister Theresa May will publish details Thursday of her long-awaited Brexit plan to restart talks with the EU, after facing down a revolt by eurosceptic ministers that could still unseat her.

MAN expresses reservations on AfCFTA’s impact on Nigeria’s economy

Dr Frank Udemba, National President of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, has said the association had reservations on the impact of African Continental Free Trade Area on Nigeria’s economy.

Brexit minister David Davis promises no ‘Mad Max dystopia’

Britain will not engage in "Mad Max-style" deregulation and easing of workers' rights and environmental standards once it leaves the European Union, the Brexit secretary said Tuesday.

ECOWAS mission to Guinea Bissau costs $101.73m

ECOWAS said that it spent more than 101.73 million dollars from May 2012 to Nov. 2017 on its mission in Guinea Bissau.

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