Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and ABCHealth Partner on the Africa Investment Summit on Health (AIS) 2021

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Business Coalition for Health (ABCHealth) and National Institutes of Health (NIH), will host a virtual Africa Investment Summit on Health 2021(AIS) on 20th September 2021 from 10.00 – 12.30hrs Eastern Time Zone, on the margins of the 76th United Nations General Assembly.

The summit will convene African Heads of Government and Ministers, continental, regional and global business leaders, and Development Institutions together to discuss strategies that will significantly increase access to vital health commodities and supplies in Africa leveraging the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and African Medicines Agency (AMA).

Regarding the partnership, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, ABCHealth Chairman, stated: “We are confident of the impact this partnership will bring to bear on the continent. It is our firm belief that with the public and private sectors working together, combining political will with business knowledge, Africa’s health sector can be built to the point where it will deliver affordable health to Africans in an equitable manner.”

Vera Songwe, ECA Executive Secretary, stated: “Investing in health is not just a social good, it also makes a good business case.  Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, business opportunities in the healthcare and wellness sector in Africa were estimated to be $259 billion by the year 2030, with the potential to create 16 million jobs. The pharmaceutical industry alone was estimated to be US$60 billion in 2020 and is still growing. The AfCFTA-anchored Pharma Initiative represents lucrative private sector investment and innovation opportunities that will change lives, reduce poverty and contribute to Africa’s inclusive and sustainable economic development.”

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ECA and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) launch centre of entrepreneurship in Africa

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The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and International Chamber of Commerce have jointly launched Centres of Entrepreneurship in Africa, under the theme, ‘Creating Livelihoods for Inclusion’. 

With strategic locations across Africa, the ECA – ICC Centres of Entrepreneurship will work with various stakeholders, including businesses, chambers of commerce, academic institutions, intergovernmental and governmental agencies, to connect local entrepreneurs to global markets and enhance regulatory conditions for SMEs to thrive. 

The entrepreneurship centres will develop the skills of young people who face uncertain employment prospects to mentoring local start-ups and entrepreneurs. The centres are expected to develop the next generation of African business leaders.

Speaking during the virtual launch on 16 September 2021, Oliver Chinganya, Director of the Africa Centre for Statistics at the ECA, said “the launch of the Centres of Entrepreneurship comes at the right time when Africa is trying to build back better from the effects of Covid-19. We believe that these Centres, based in different regions of the continent, and with tailored-made solutions, can mobilize the next generation of entrepreneurship in Africa.”

Mr Chinganya said the Centres will provide Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) with the tools and pathways to expand their business and play an effective role in the goods and services supply chain. They will also provide pathways to accelerate women and youth empowerment a necessary action to accelerate Africa’s growth and recovery from the pandemic.

ECA data shows that MSMEs, often women and youth-owned, account for approximately 98 per cent of all firms and 60 per cent of private sector employment in African countries. They are a fundamental part of the economic fabric of African economies. The youngest and smallest SMEs contribute to 22 per cent of net job creation on the continent. 

According to Mr Chinganya, Africa has the highest rate of new business creation, and that youth on the continent are 1.6 times more likely to be entrepreneurs, addressing challenges of high youth under- and unemployment. “They play a critical role in supply chains, cross-border trade, and therefore food security on the continent.”

He noted that the entrepreneurship centres will inspire future entrepreneurs through skills development, digitalization, and mentorship critical for women and youth to overcome traditional barriers to accessing networks

John Denton AO, ICC Secretary General, said the entrepreneurship Centres are an important platform to scale globally the most successful local and regional entrepreneurial initiatives driven by chambers of commerce and innovative partners. 

“SME plays a major role in economy and are contributors of employment and 40% of national income. But they are the most challenged on the continent. Their contribution could be higher if informal SME are included and are supported to thrive in the market,” said Mr Denton.

He cited the lack of proper training on digitalization, excessive business regulations in most countries, and poor infrastructure as some of the challenges faced by MSMEs and entrepreneurs in Africa.

“These are issues that need to be resolved in order for the entrepreneurs in Africa to compete with the others at the global market,” he said, adding that “ICC is committed to take a leadership role through these centres of Entrepreneurship to help SME and entrepreneurs in the region by raising awareness for potential opportunities.”

Mr Denton said that ICC is expanding its presence in African to prepare and mobilize the next generation of entrepreneurs, from developing skills of young people who face uncertain employment prospects, to helping catalyse local entrepreneurship and the jobs of the future. The main goal is to enable individual citizens to build meaningful livelihoods and to ensure they do this in a functioning market economy. 

At a roundtable with African Business leaders and SMEs, Chepkemoi Magdaline, Founder and Executive Director of EldoHub, said majority of young entrepreneurs require soft skills ,which can be acquired through proper training and mentorship programmes. 

Ms. Magdaline said majority of the young people face the challenges of low access to financing, poor financial literacy, poor market. “Digitalization of MSMEs is key and can only be attained through capacity building, mentorship, enabling young people have access to affordable financing, she noted.

Kojo Sam-Woode, CEO, Adroit Bureau, Ghana Ltd, said digital skills should be taught at an early age so that young Africans can start identifying  opportunities in the ICT sector very early.

ECA estimates show that the potential of the digital economy in the next 20-30 years could be $47trillion, 20 times the GDP of all of Africa today. With a population of 1.3 billion, Africa has the world’s youngest population, with 70% under the age of 24 and more than 750 million under the age of 35. Given the right opportunities, we know that youth could drive inclusive economic growth across the continent.

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Burundian Foreign Ministry Receives Copy of Credentials of Qatari Ambassador

HE Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation of the Republic of Burundi Ferdinand Bashikako received a copy of the credentials of HE Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Qatar (non-resident) to the Republic of Burundi Hussain bin Ahmed Al Hamid.

HE Permanent Secretary wished HE Ambassador success in his work duties, and for the bilateral relations further development and growth.

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World Patient Safety Day: Somalia, UN urge all stakeholders to redouble efforts to keep mothers and newborns safe in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic

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While commemorating World Patient Safety Day yesterday, the Federal Government of Somalia, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), urged health facilities, health care workers and other stakeholders to step up efforts to ensure mothers and newborns remain safe.

This message echoes this year’s theme for World Patient Safety Day — ‘Safe maternal and newborn care’ — and comes at a time when the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) has disrupted continuity of already overstretched essential health services across the country.

A national ‘pulse survey’ conducted by WHO over seven months in 2020 and 2021 to determine the continuity of essential services in Somalia found that, during May–September 2020, 33% of essential health services had been disrupted (one out of three services), while during January–March 2021, there was continued disruption of 12% of essential health services (six out of 51 services), indicating that substantial disruptions persisted even after one year of the pandemic. Six of the major essential health services where significant disruptions were noted include reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health services, that experienced between 5-50% disruption, and immunization services, disrupted by between 5-20%.

Even before the COVID-19 outbreak was confirmed in Somalia, the country was known to have one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, at 692 maternal deaths per 100 000, and a neonatal mortality rate of 40 deaths per 1000 live births.

“Before the COVID-19 pandemic, 68% of women did not visit health facilities for antenatal care and only one-third of births were delivered with the help of a qualified health care practitioner,” said Dr Fawziya Abikar Nur, Minister of Health and Human Services for Somalia. “Since the COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed in Somalia, women have been making even fewer visits to seek help. I would like to encourage all our partners to reconsider their strategies to ensure more pregnant women access health facilities for antenatal care, deliveries, and immunization, to offer young children a safe start to their lives.”

As part of this year’s World Patient Safety Day commemorations, all partners, including WHO, are urging all stakeholders to “Act now for safe and respectful childbirth.” Ensuring appropriate and respectful treatment to delivering women and their babies will increase trust in health facilities, utilization of services and support by the communities.

“At the points of care, we need to continue to develop the capacity of health care workers, while maintaining the highest standards of hygiene and safety to prevent any potential spread of diseases and to ensure patients recover,” said Dr Mamunur Malik, WHO Representative to Somalia. “At the same time, we need to encourage family members, including men, to bring pregnant mothers to their nearest health centers for regular antenatal care and delivery, to prevent women and children from dying of preventable causes and unsafe care. With concerted efforts, we can save more lives, but we all need to act now to make a change.”

“Having a skilled pair of hands – a well-trained doctor, nurse or midwife – present during pregnancy, birth and beyond, is key in giving every Somali child a chance to survive and thrive from the very beginning,” said UNICEF Somalia Representative, Mohamed Ayoya. “UNICEF is proud to partner with the Government of Somalia to enhance its efforts to reach vulnerable women and children, living in the most disadvantaged areas and enduring the harshest conditions, who need the support most, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.” “Every mother has a right to a safe delivery through skilled birth attendance at birth. This is a service that can be scaled up to reach the underserved and underprivileged population across the country. This can be achieved through the ongoing engagement of the public sector and the services provided by the non-government sector,” said UNFPA Representative, Mr Anders Thomsen.

Mr Thomsen said skilled birth attendance is an evidence-based public health intervention to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity. “UNFPA continues to invest in this effort in close partnership with the Ministry of Health, by supporting health facilities providing life-saving skilled birth attendance at birth as well as ensuring the production of qualified midwives who provide the best option in Somalia for truly reaching the most underserved population in the country with safe and life-saving care,” said Mr. Thomsen.

Introduced in 2019, World Patient Safety Day aims to promote understanding of patient safety, increase public engagement in health care safety, and promote global action to prevent and reduce avoidable harm in health care. This year, on the World Patient Safety Day, WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA committed to support the Federal Ministry of Health and Human Services to introduce new interventions and measures across the health facilities in the country, which will ensure safer maternal and newborn care every year.

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United Nations Police (UNPOL) officers conduct two-day refresher training for national policing counterparts in Warrap

Twelve police officers in Tonj South county, Warrap state, recently improved upon their investigative skills, thanks to a two-day refresher course facilitated by United Nations Police officers deployed here.  

The course consisted of interactive sessions on crime scene investigations, report writing, recording statements, preparing cases and familiarization with court procedures as well as community policing.

“The past two days have been very useful especially because I learnt to deal with sensitive investigations related to sexually motivated crimes. For example, we must always ensure that we keep the identities of such victims and their testimonies confidential. That’s an important thing for all of us to know,” said Major Maria Agok Magol, member of the Specialized Protection Unit of the South Sudan National Police Service.

The workshop had a dual purpose: participating officers could own the knowledge they gained in prior workshops and, more importantly, trickle down their learning to colleagues across the country.

“As UNPOL officers, our mandate is to support you and build your capacity. In turn, we expect  you to share the knowledge you have gained here widely with your colleagues who aren’t present here today,” urged Halima Kigera, an UNPOL officer and a workshop facilitator.

Equipped with refreshed knowledge and skills, these officers will then tutor their colleagues on a rights-based approach to policing, extending the same to all payams [administrative divisions] across Warrap so that all local police are conversant with internationally-accepted human rights standards when it comes to dealing with suspects.

For Captain Dominic Deng Kuol, the workshop has injected fresh enthusiasm into his daily routine as a police officer.

“I feel empowered with this knowledge which I will use effectively in my day-to-day work as an investigator,” he said.

Across Warrap, issues such as human rights violations, sexual gender-based violence and child abductions are frequently observed. Such workshops conducted by UNMISS personnel are, therefore, of great value to local law enforcement and go a long way in ensuring a peaceful, stable environment for citizens of the state.

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Signature Auto Group Florida Announces Launch of Exclusive Car Lease Exit Program

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The lease exit program was set up to address the vehicle shortage due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, September 17, 2021 / — Signature Auto Group Florida is pleased to announce the launch of its game-changing car lease exit program.

Signature Auto Group is a trusted car leasing company, recognized with an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau. For the past 15 years, the company has been serving clients in the New York and tri-state areas to support customers in enjoying life to the fullest and finding the vehicles of their dreams.

Today, Signature Auto Group Florida is unveiling its car lease exit program – a game-changer in the car leasing industry. The program is designed to help people avoid all future lease payments by being bought out of their existing car leases.

“There is quite a significant shortage of vehicles due to the ongoing global pandemic, so people’s car leases are worth more while used car prices have skyrocketed,” says a spokesperson for Signature Auto Group Florida. “This is the ultimate time to step into a new vehicle and we are here to help guide you through the entire process. Simply contact us to discuss our exclusive car lease exit program – today.”

For those who exit their lease and move into a new lease on any make & model with Signature Auto Group Florida, there are deep discounts available. Interested parties can visit the company’s online leasing website or visit the office location at 291 E Commercial Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334.

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Signature Auto Group is a reputable car leasing company, based in New York and Florida. The company’s talented, loyal, and motivated staff go above and beyond to support clients before, during, and after leasing a vehicle – a claim most other companies simply cannot make.

Signature Auto Group boasts extensive inventory including many makes and models of vehicles, with numerous specials being offered throughout the year.

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Pure Hair Gaze Promotes Sharon Davidson to Vice President of Marketing

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES, September 17, 2021 / — Pure Hair Gaze, A black-owned beauty brand company specializing in the promotion of hair extensions and wigs, today announced the promotion of Sharon Davidson to Vice President of Marketing -Atlanta, Georgia (September 25, 2021 ) – She will have the primary responsibility for marketing Pure Hair Gaze’s products to the company’s retail customers.

“We are thrilled with Sharon’s performance since she joined us a year ago. Her dedication to digital innovation and strategic marketing at a time when the firm needed exactly such foresight to thrive under unprecedented circumstances has made her invaluable. I’m excited to see her promoted to the Vice President of Marketing role and look forward to her continued success and impact on our firm’s creative leadership” said Marvin McLendon, President of Pure Hair Gaze

The marketing team led by Sharon launched two successful marketing campaigns in 2021 that sought to capture heightened hair extensions interest from Southeastern United States buyers looking to upgrade their present hair styles. With videos highlighting the specific appeal of various hair extensions and wigs the social media campaign “Beautify Your life ” helped position the firm and its affiliates as experts for people who wanted buy hair extensions and resulted in increased web activity and inquiries from potential buyers.

A seasoned marketing professional who is passionate about digital communications and design, Sharon brings a forward-thinking approach, a hallmark of her career. Prior to joining Pure Hair Gaze, Sharon served as Digital Marketing Manager and Web Designer with AT&T in Portland, Oregon . During this period, she earned a certificate in Full-Stack JavaScript Software Development.
Sharon joined the company in 2016 as a digital manager and quickly rose to several upper level management positions. Ms. Davidson received an a marketing degree from U.C. Berkeley and an MBA from Georgia State University. She is a member of the American Society of Telecommunications Professionals .

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St. Johnsbury Barracks/ DUI Crash







CASE#: 21A404572

TROOPER: Kyle Fecher                          

STATION: St. Johnsbury                    

CONTACT#: 802-748-3111


DATE/TIME: 09/16/21 at 2333 hours

INCIDENT LOCATION: Intersection at E. Darling Hill Rd and Darling Hill Rd, East Burke, VT



ACCUSED: Andrew P. Mitchell                                            

AGE: 58





On 09/16/2021, Troopers with the Vermont State Police responded to E. Darling Hill Rd in East Burke, Vermont to a report of a single vehicle crash. Further investigation revealed that the operator, Andrew Mitchell, showed signs of impairment and he was subsequently taken into custody for suspicion of DUI. He was processed at the St. Johnsbury Barracks and released with a citation to appear at a later date and time in Caledonia County Court.




COURT DATE/TIME: 10/04/21 at 0800  

COURT: Caledonia County     






*Please note:  court date and time are subject to change at the discretion of

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Dental Chair Market Size to Gain Traction of $2.16 Billion, Growth Opportunities by 2023

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Surge in incidence of oral diseases and the development of latest technologically advanced dental chairs have boosted the market growth.

PORTLAND, OR, UNITED STATES, September 17, 2021 / — UPDATE AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND [Dental Chair Market to Set New Growth Cycle]

Dental chair (dental treatment units) are inevitably required by the dentists to ensure appropriate patient care. These chairs are designed depending upon the size and the capacity of medical set-ups. In addition, they are essentially employed across various applications in the field of dentistry, including dental surgeries, dental examinations, orthodontic applications, cosmetic dentistry, and endodontic applications. Development of sophisticated dental chairs that enable the practitioners or dentists to streamline their daily tasks has supplemented the market growth.

The global dental chair market was valued at $1.52 billion in 2016, and is projected to reach $2.16 billion by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 5.0% from 2017 to 2023. The dental chair-mounted design segment accounted for one-third of the total market share in 2016.

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Covid-19 Scenario:

• The Covid-19 pandemic and followed by lockdown has affected several manufacturing industries.
• The prolonged lockdown resulted in a disrupted supply chain and increased the prices of raw materials.
• However, as the world has been recovering from the pandemic, the market is estimated to get back on track.

Upsurge in incidence of oral diseases among both adults and pediatric population has considerably driven the demand for dental chairs across the globe. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 18.6% of the children aging between 5 and 19 years suffered from untreated dental caries in 2014 in the U.S. alone. In addition, untreated dental caries was diagnosed in 31.6% of the adults aging between 20 and 44 years in the same year in the U.S. Such high incidence of oral diseases in the country has fueled the demand for dental chairs, thereby accelerating the market growth.

Technological advancements in constructing dental chairs with comfortable designs and latest upgradable features in the dental chairs have boosted the market growth. In addition, introduction of dental chairs that are customized for patient comfort has increased their adoption in hospitals and dental clinics. A remarkable increase in the prevalence rate of oral disease considerably impacted the dental chair market. Furthermore, rise in dental tourism has resulted in an increased demand for sophisticated and advanced dental chairs in Asia-Pacific countries, which is projected to offer lucrative opportunities for market expansion. However, reimbursement issues towards dental equipment and products are expected to restrain the market growth.

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The ceiling-mounted design dental chairs generated the highest revenue in 2016, and is expected to maintain the dominance throughout the forecast period. This is attributed to high adoption of ceiling-mounted design dental chairs in the open dental rooms offering best utilization of the available space. However, dental chair-mounted design is anticipated to register the highest growth rate during the forecast period, as these chairs are installed with a dental engine, and all necessary components are attached to the chair itself. Thus, it serves as an ergonomic design for dentists/practitioners having small offices and set-ups.

Based on application, the market is divided into examination, surgery, orthodontic applications, and others. Examination dental chairs segment has registered the highest growth rate, and is anticipated to continue this trend in the near future. This is attributed to rise in focus on oral hygiene among people during the dental examination procedures. However, the use of dental chairs for cosmetic dentistry and endodontic applications has gained significant momentum in recent years, thus propelling the market growth.

Asia-Pacific is expected to witness the highest growth rate throughout the forecast period. The region offers lucrative opportunities for players that operate in the dental chair market, due to its high population base, increase in disposable incomes, and improvement in patient awareness towards oral hygiene. In addition, countries such as India and China serve as the major contributors, as the dental market is continuously evolving in these countries.

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Austin Dental Equipment Company (A-dec, Inc.), Midmark, Craftsmaster Contour Equipment Inc., XO CARE A/S, Sirona, Koninklijke Philips, Danaher Corporation, PLANMECA OY, Dental EZ, and Straumann.

The Other prominent players Are:

3M, Biolase, Benco Dental Supply, Patterson Dental Supply, Inc., Henry Schein, Inc., Foshan Gladent Medical Instrument Co., Ltd., Align Technology, Den-Mat, Electro Medical Systems, and Kyocera Medical.

Key Findings of the Dental Chair Market:

• The powered dental chairs segment is expected to register the highest growth rate from 2017 to 2023.
• Chair component accounted for maximum revenue in 2016, and is anticipated to maintain this trend throughout the forecast period.
• North America dominated the global dental chair market, accounting for maximum share in 2016, and is expected to retain the same trend during the forecast period.
• Other applications segment in the dental chair market is expected to grow at the fastest pace throughout the forecast period.
• Research & academic institutes is estimated to exhibit the highest CAGR of 6.2% from 2017 to 2023

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