MENA Economic Update (April 2022) – Reality Check: Forecasting Growth in the Middle East and North Africa in Times of Uncertainty

WASHINGTON— Economies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are expected to grow by 5.2% in 2022, the fastest rate since 2016, on the back of oil-price windfalls benefitting the region’s oil exporters. But heightened uncertainty surrounds this forecast due to the war in Ukraine and ongoing threats from COVID-19 variants. Titled “Reality […]

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Ethiopia kicks off the second-round polio campaign with the new tool “nOPV2 vaccine” to tackle an ongoing polio outbreak

Addis Ababa – On 15 April 2022, Ethiopia kicked off the second-round polio campaign with type 2 novel oral polio vaccine (nOPV2) aiming to protect over 16 million under-five children from disability and death attributed to the ongoing polio outbreak in the country. The four-day campaign will be conducted in all regions except Tigray, Addis […]

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Rwanda excludes refugees from neighbouring states in UK deal

KIGALI— Rwanda appeared to stoke controversy after a government official said the country will not admit refugees from neighbouring countries under a deal with the United Kingdom to host asylum seekers. While the United Kingdom had laid down criteria for illegal migrants denied entry into the UK to be considered for resettlement in Rwanda, Kigali […]

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Questions and Answers: Commission acts to safeguard global food security and support EU farmers and consumers

What is the Commission doing to ensure food security in Ukraine? The Commission has proposed an EU Emergency Support Programme of €330 million to Ukraine to help alleviate the suffering of Ukrainians caused by the Russian invasion. This support will help to secure access to basic goods and services as well as protection. To support […]

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Six dead, 29 missing after migrant boat capsizes off Libya

TRIPOLI— Six people were found dead and 29 are missing and presumed dead after their boat capsized off the coast of Libya, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said. “A small wooden boat carrying around 35 migrants capsized off Sabratha, Libya Saturday,” the IOM tweeted. “The bodies of six people have been retrieved while 29 […]

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