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Kenya To Host 2020 Virtual Africa Delivery Exchange Summit

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Kenya will host the Virtual Africa Delivery Exchange (ADX) Summit 2020 to deliberate on service delivery in Africa amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, an official source said in Nairobi on Sunday.

The event will be organized by the President’s Delivery Unit (PDU) in partnership with the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change (TBI) as well as the Africa Development Bank (AfDB).

The organizers did not indicate the summit dates but there are indications it will possibly be held before the end of the year.

It will bring together senior government officials, delivery experts and development partners to exchange experiences and learn from one another about ensuring effective delivery in government.

Participants will discuss the importance of delivery, the problems they face and the solutions they have found, including those related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The pandemic, among other things, has provided a real-time lesson in the importance of delivery by governments for their citizens.

According to the TBI Centre of Government and Delivery Lead, Eden Getachew, TBI supports 15 governments across Africa directly.

It supports the governments in achieving their development goals and has had an in-country presence in Kenya since 2015.

Getachew says TBI helped to establish Kenya’s President’s Delivery Unit, drawing on its experience of working with governments across the world in coordinating and supporting delivery efforts, and continues to support its work today.

She said Kenya had really benefited from the unit, saying: “The President’s Delivery Unit (PDU) has grown to become an important cog in the engine of development.”

Since its creation in 2015, the PDU has been instrumental in tracking over 2,000 projects and ensuring they are either completed on time or remain on course.

This is achieved by tracking the progress, identifying ‘sticky’ issues which pose problems and, where necessary, bringing those issues to the attention of decision makers.”

Getachew said the committees formed under the Executive Order No. 1 of 2019 to coordinate development at various levels of government had also found PDU useful.

“It has a presence at the grassroots, as its officers are secretaries to regional and county development implementation and coordination committees (RDICCs and CDICCs).

“PDU uses its capacity to escalate issues upwards and ensure that bottlenecks in projects are addressed as soon as possible,” she said.

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Business Edge | CBN Directs Banks to Close International Monetary Transfer Operators’ Proceeds

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Today on Business Edge, Tolulope Adeleru-Balogun and Tunji Andrews, Financial Analyst and Co-founder Awabah talked about the following and how it affects you and I: 1. Nigeria’s CBN Directs Banks to Close International Monetary Transfer Operators’ (IMTOs) Proceeds 2. Forex Liquidity and the Risks to Nigerian Banks’ Ratings according to Fitch

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Nigeria’s Arik Air Cuts Jobs, Sends 300 Employees into Redundancy

It blamed the sacking on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The management of Arik Air has relieved 300 staff members of their appointments.

This was announced in a statement by the airline on Friday.

It blamed the sacking on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The press statement was titled, “Arik Air management declares 300 staff redundant.”

The company explained that a redundancy package will be provided for the affected workers with the help of the aviation unions.

Related: Arik Air Workers Ground Operations

The statement read in part, “… arising from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to the constrained ability of the airline to complete heavy maintenance activities and return its planes to operations, stunted revenues against increasing operational costs, the management of Arik Air (in receivership) has declared 300 staff members redundant to its current level of operations.

“The leadership of the impacted unions have been contacted to negotiate a redundancy package for the affected staff.”

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Nigeria, Germany to Deepen Sustainable Economic Development

The Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba, commended the German government for its commitment and undying interest in the affairs of Nigeria since independence.

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The Nigerian and German governments have agreed to deepen ties on sustainable economic development, climate change, and agriculture.

This was disclosed at the just concluded Nigeria-German Bilateral government consultations and sectoral dialogue held in Abuja, reported in a statement by the Ministry of Information.

The Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba, commended the German government for its commitment and undying interest in the affairs of Nigeria since independence.

He stated that the cooperation between both countries was based on mutual trust, respect, and understanding.

He added that since the last consultative meeting between both sides was held in 2017, progress had been made on programmes and projects as contained in the resolutions.

Read also: Tanzania, Germany look to strengthen economic ties

The meeting was also to discuss the new German Reform Strategy, which is a plan to improve Germany’s development policy with its partner countries. 

Agba also disclosed that the reforms will focus on areas of cooperation between Nigeria and Germany, including, climate, health, and family policy, sustainable supply chains, harnessing digital technology, technology transfer, and strengthening private investment, with a view to overcoming hunger and poverty. 

He pointed out that the reform strategies were in line with the economic sustainability and inclusive growth espoused by the Government of Nigeria in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP 2017-2020).

Claudia Wolk, Country Manager Nigeria, representing the German Government, said the bilateral development co-operation, was to reform processes and reposition German development co-operation, in order to improve the capacity to tackle new challenges and demands in international co-operation.

The areas outlined by both countries include sustainable economic development, responsibility for our planet-climate energy, agricultural sector, and COVID-19 responses.

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