ARC East Africa Weekly Chronology
19-26 July 2023

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26 Jul 2023 Nairobi (Kenya) Daily Nation. President William Ruto offers to meet opposition leader Raila Odinga for face-to-face talks in a bid to end opposition protests that have rocked Kenya on and off since March;

25 Jul 2023 Kampala (Uganda) Zawya. Finance minister Matia Kasaija and Bank of Uganda (BoU) (central bank) executive research director Adam Mugume report that printing costs for banknotes continue to escalate, necessitating a market study to see what notes can be replaced with coins. BoU also plans to phase out the USh 1,000 shilling ($0.00027) note;

25 July 2023 Victoria (Seychelles) Seychelles News Agency. Finance authorities confirm they will undertake further discussions with the cabinet of ministers on the environment levy for tourism accommodation expected to start on 1 August. The levies are set at SR25 ($) for small hotels, SR75 ($6) for medium hotels and SR100 ($8) for large hotels and yachts;

25 July 2023 Victoria (Seychelles) Seychelles News Agency. President Wavel Ramkalawan addresses the nation on the African Day of Seas and Ocean, stating that Africa’s adoption and implementation of the Blue Economy Continental Strategy shows the continent is responding to calls to review and rethink the way it operates within the natural environment;

25 Jul 2023 Mogadishu (Somalia) DW. Al-Shabab suicide bomber kills between 20 and 30 Somali soldiers and injures at least 60 others in an attack on the Jaalle Siyaad Military Academy in Mogadishu;

24 Jul 2023 Kinshasa (DRC) La Prosperite. Employment, labour and social welfare minister Claudine Ndusi appoints Mboma Mayuku Jean-Paul as inspector general of labour following the creation of the inspectorate as a specialised public service with administrative and financial autonomy to improve the working conditions of labour inspectors and controllers;

24 Jul 2023 Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) MenaFNUnited Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) reports that the number of people entering Ethiopia from conflict-affected Sudan exceeds 68,000, with Ethiopian returnees accounting for about 49% and Sudanese nationals 30%;

24 Jul 2023 Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) The Citizen. Tanzania’s regional business competitor, Kenya, is set to enter into an investment agreement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over UAE investments in Kenyan ports;

23 Jul 2023 Nairobi (Kenya) The Citizen. Transporters and commodity exporters express concern over the deteriorating situation in Kenya as the ongoing cost of living protests backed by the opposition in East Africa‘s largest economy has a ripple effect in the entire region;

23 Jul 2023 Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) The CitizenMedical Stores Department encourages members of the private sector to invest in the manufacturing of drugs and medical devices in order to build a vibrant, sustainable, and locally driven sub-sector and reduce the country’s reliance on the importation of medicines, save much-coveted foreign currency, and create jobs for Tanzanians;

21 Jul 2023 Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) Borkena. Prime minister Abiy Ahmed meets with Chinese Communist Party central committee foreign affairs commission office and its director, Wang Yi;

20 Jul 2023 Nairobi (Kenya) Africanews. Independent watchdog Medico-Legal Unit says police killed at least six people during demonstrations on 19 July, while the police claim they have been ordered not to report such deaths;

20 Jul 2023 Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) The Citizen. The Tanzanian passport advances seven positions in the latest 2023 Henley Passport Index, now securing the 69th spot among the world’s most powerful passports;

19 Jul 2023 Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) The Citizen. Government says it will appeal a recent International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes ruling that ordered Tanzania to pay Australia-headquartered Indiana Resources Limited $109.5m as compensation for breach of obligation to a foreign investor;

19 Jul 2023 Kampala (Uganda) Soko DirectoryDfcu BankMastercard and Rabo Partnerships announce a strategic partnership aimed at digitising the agricultural ecosystem and uplifting smallholder farmers and other agricultural value chain actors by enhancing their access to markets and credit;


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ARC East Africa Weekly Chronology 19-26 July 2023