U.S. airlines visit Boeing as FAA awaits 737 MAX upgrades

ABN# Teams from the three U.S. airlines that own 737 MAX jets headed to Boeing Co’s factory in Renton, Washington, to review a software upgrade on Saturday, as U.S. regulators prepared to receive and review the fixes in coming weeks. The factory visits indicated Boeing may be near completing a […]

African tourism sector booming – global body

ABN# Travel and tourism in Africa grew by 5.6% in 2018 compared to the global average of 3.9% and the broader African economic growth rate of 3.2%, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). This makes Africa the second-fastest growing tourism region. Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing. According […]

African countries can do better with improved fiscal policy, says Songwe

ABN# The 38th meeting of the Committee of Experts of the Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development opened in Marrakesh, Morocco, Wednesday with a clarion call for African countries to improve their fiscal policy and expand their tax base so they can ably fund their developmental processes. […]

Ethiopians celebrate return of Emperor Tewodros’ lock of hair

ABN# Ethiopians on Wednesday celebrated the decision by a London museum to hand back locks of hair cut from the corpse of an Ethiopian emperor during a British invasion 150 years ago. Ethiopians, many dressed in the national colours of red, gold and green, cheered as staff at the National […]

What’s the Business Case for Climate-Focused Urban Development in Africa?

ABN# By Chris Gordon A long-standing mystery of modern times is why the great Mayan cities in Central America disappeared after having survived for over a millennium. At the time of their collapse, there was massive deforestation to clear land for maize and firewood for the Mayans’ expanding population. There was […]

Africa Has a $100 Billion Infrastructure Problem. What’s Missing?

ABN# By Linus Mofor Africa suffers from poor quality and expensive infrastructure servicescompared to other parts of the world. It is estimated that this constrains productivity by up to 40 percent and reduces the continent’s GDP by about 2 percent per year. With the imminent enforcement of the African Continental Free Trade Area—which will […]

Who Will Save Africa’s Rural Farmers When Investment and Climate Change Roll In?

ABN# By Jennifer Mohamed-Katerere Any private sector investments in Africa’s food sector must take account of Africa’s smallholder farmers if the investments are to survive, particularly with climate change. Agriculture represents 15 percent of the continent’s total GDP (PPP), and the sheer size of the smallholder sector—more than one-third of […]