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Germany is facing a double-edged sword – a crisis of labour shortage and a demographic imbalance which threaten the country’s economic productivity
Germany must bring in at least 400,000 skilled immigrants a year to keep up with demand because of its ageing population and low birth rate
A declining labour population threatens Germany’s public pension system, as fewer employees are faced with the duty of funding the pensions of an increasing number of pensioners

Europe's largest economy, Germany, is facing a double-edged sword – a crisis of labour shortage and a demographic imbala...

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Inter-African migration is being driven by a rise in demand for skilled and semi-skilled workers in different economic sectors
Because emigrants bring with them more than just economic needs from their home countries, migration is a trade stimulant in and of itself
For migrants who contribute to upskilling, movement within the continent results in better-paying, more stable employment

Migration has many advantages to Africa's economy which is now recovering or dealing with the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The African economy has remained resilient and has defied many ca...

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For starters, Russia has not been abusive to Africa on the scale that the United States or its allies have been and as the list of sanctions against Russia has proven, Africa is rooting for Russia’s success.

France, on the other hand, is a story of the gulags. And so, many Africans have a fond spot for Vladimir Putin despite France’s Emmanuel Macron trying to denounce his colonial heritage to fit in as an ally of Africans.

The most memorable event that has pitted Africans against the West is the killing of Col. Muammar Gaddafi by the United States and France in the forefront, supported by their other NATO allies. This has left a bitter taste in the mouths of many Africans, and so the Russia-Ukraine crisis is for the Americans and their allies to deal with.

  • The blatant abuse of and racism against Africans in Ukraine has revealed another

Fairtrade International has committed to double the average income of farmers and workers in Africa.

Speaking during the ongoing 7th Africa Fairtrade Conference, Fairtrade International Board Chair Lynette Thorstensen said despite the hard times brought about by Covid-19, there is hope for the future of African farmers.

“This has been a very tough year globally, however, let us look at the future with optimism,” she said.

According to Thorstensen, Fairtrade International set aside a Covid relief fund in which more than 10.5 million Euros was raised by external governments, retailers, crowdfunding as well as internal sources by pledges from members for relief and resilience support for producer organisations.

“A total of 337 producer organisations from 17 countries have benefited from the fund. We believe that in the current climate, we need to move faster and ensure no one gets left behind.”

Speaking at the same event, Mary Kinyua, the Fairtrade …

More than 600 million Africans will benefit from a mobile-based tool for two-way health information and communication between citizens and governments.

The Africa Communication and Information Platform for Health and Economic Action (ACIP) provides user-generated survey data and actionable health and economic insights that will enable authorities to better analyse pandemic-related problems and implement appropriate responses.

“With this platform, we have the possibility of reaching between 600 million and 800 million mobile subscribers in Africa,” said Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), during the virtual launch of the tool in June this year.

Read: What Africa’s “new normal” looks like, post Pandemic!

According to Dr John Nkengasong, Director of Africa CDC, ACIP offers a “unique opportunity to change the way we conduct disease surveillance, enhance our ability to acquire good and timely data, and make all Africans count.”

The launch was presided over by President …