Scaling up Finance for the Sustainable Development Goals

Scaling up Finance for the Sustainable Development Goals The world currently faces the critical challenge of scaling up development finance, an indispensable requirement for the realization of the SDGs. Multilateral development banks (MDBs) can serve as effective institutional mechanisms to help finance the SDGs. This possibility is due to their clear mandate to support development-oriented programs, in-house expertise and track record on identification, development,…

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Flashpoints to Watch As Global Trade Tensions Mount

Flashpoints to Watch As Global Trade Tensions Mount President Donald Trump’s decision to levy aggressive tariffs on steel and aluminum imports has placed his America First economic ideals squarely at the forefront of the political agenda. Last year’s decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact hinted at the maverick president’s resolve to follow…

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Uganda’s Museveni Bans Graphite Exports

Uganda’s Museveni bans graphite exports By Christopher Tusiime In Summary President orders that no mining or exportation licences should be issued. Australian firm Consolidated Africa Ltd (CAL) (CRA NSX) has finished exploration of a 323 square-kilometer area and found graphite deposits near Kitgum, some 660km northeast of Kampala. Once the mining starts, it is expected to create…

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Ghana Mortgages Sovereignty, Will Host US Military Base for $20m

Ghana Mortgages Sovereignty, Will Host US Military Base for $20m   Ghana’s parliament on Friday night ratified a deal granting “unimpeded” access to the U.S. to deploy troops and military equipment in the West African nation in a vote boycotted by the opposition, legislators said. The Ghana-U.S. Military Cooperation agreement requires Ghana to provide unimpeded…

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DR-Congo New Mining Tax “Untouchable”, Minister Tells Mining Companies

DR-Congo New Mining Tax “Untouchable”, Minister Tells Mining Companies Democratic Republic of Congo‘s mines minister rejected a proposal by mining companies on Friday to retain exemptions and scrap some taxes in exchange for higher royalties than those in a new mining code, calling the taxes “untouchable”. Mines Minister Martin Kabwelulu was reacting to a proposal from mining companies under which the companies would…

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