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23 Peace Corps Volunteers Sworn in

By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri

The U.S. Mission in Ghana has sworn-in 23 Peace Corps Volunteers (PCV) to begin work in the education sector of the country.

The volunteers who have completed a 10-week training programme prior to their swearing in, will support education of Ghanaian children by teaching in rural junior and senior high schools including schools for the deaf, across the country. Read more

For Two Decades, Morocco Has Been an Important Ally of the US

By Ahmed Charai

In 1999, King Mohammed VI took the throne after his father’s death, and pledged to renew the monarchy on the basis of steady political and social reforms toward inclusive governance, egalitarianism and the rule of law.

He initiated an equity and reconciliation commission to both acknowledge the prior suffering of elements of the Moroccan population at the hands of the security services and begin to compensate the families for their losses. Read more

American actor Samuel L. Jackson in Ghana to shoot documentary on slavery

World-acclaimed American film actor  Samuel L. Jackson, is currently in Ghana. The actor, whose films have made the highest total gross revenue is in the country to shoot a documentary on slavery.

The documentary, ‘Enslaved’,  will be a six-part series which will be hosted by Samuel L. Jackson. The series, created by documentary will chart the horror of slavery through underwater archaeology. Read more

USTDA Expands Affordable Internet Access in South Africa, Creates New U.S. Export Opportunities

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency has awarded a grant to South Africa’s Wireless Access Providers Association (WAPA) for a pilot project that will help improve internet access for rural and semi-rural areas in South Africa through the use of American TV white space (TVWS) technologies. The pilot sites will be in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Gauteng, and in Mpumalanga.

“This grant demonstrates USTDA’s continuing commitment to developing quality and affordable ICT infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa,” said Thomas R. Hardy, USTDA’s Acting Director. Read more

The Air Force’s New Base In Niger Is Getting A Major Addition Before It Even Opens

Satellite imagery shows the U.S. military is building a new approximately 20,800-square foot hangar along with its own 100,000-square foot apron and associated taxiway at its new air base outside of the city of Agadez in central Niger. The American facilities in Agadez, which will form an important regional hub for U.S. military operations in Northwest Africa, have been actively under construction since 2016. The new runway, while complete, isn’t slated to open for actual operations until some time this fall. Read more

US-African Trade Lagging Despite Free Access, Forum Hears

Trade between the United States and sub-Saharan Africa is in the doldrums despite a 2000 U..S law designed to boost access the American market, a conference in Ivory Coast has been told.

The African Growth and Opportunity Act, which in 2015 was extended to 2025, provides tariff-free access on 6,500 products to 39 countries, ranging from oil and agricultural goods to textiles, farm and handicrafts. Read more

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