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Ivorian Foreign Minister discusses trade in Turkey, wants resolution committee for Ukraine/Russia war

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Ivorian Foreign Minister Kandia Camara, in Ankara on Tuesday, discussed trade opportunities with her Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.

Camara, on the 8th day of her working stay in Turkey, met Çavuşoğlu where the officials discussed business and trade as they touched on ways to strengthen bilateral relations.

The Ivorian minister hinted the agricultural sector would experience significant transformations in the coming years, increasing investment opportunities if Turkey invests more than 200 million dollars in the West African country.

During a press conference, she addressed the war in Ukraine and called for the creation of an international conflict resolution committee: “It would be good if there were a committee bringing together the Foreign ministers of all regions of the world to anticipate potential conflicts between countries

“That committee would travel from capital to capital, and gather the parties at war, bring them around the table to negotiate and find peaceful solutions through diplomacy, discussion, and dialogue. This is what you have succeeded in doing here in Ankara by inviting the foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine”,she said further.

The Foreign Ministers also discussed health and education. Camara said the countries had signed a deal for Ivorian aspiring nurses and doctors to be able to come study in the transcontinental country.

Turkey is the first country to which Ivorians go for medical care“.

She added, the two countries would discuss how to increase the number of scholarships Ivorian students could be offered to pursue their education in Turkey.

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Tanzanian Central Bank reduces economic liquidity to curb rising inflation

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The Tanzanian Central Bank on Saturday said one of the measures it has taken to slow down rising inflation in September and October is to reduce the liquidity in the economy.

A statement published by the east African country’s apex bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), said inflation in the country has been on the rise since the beginning of the year, rising from 4.6% on August from a previous 4.5% in July.

MPC said while the country’s economy was facing a range of challenges, including weak global growth, high commodity prices, tight financial conditions and the recurrence of COVID-19 in some countries, it was necessary to reduce the liquidity to stabilise the economy.

“In the context of high inflation and commodity prices, which has contributed to rising inflationary pressures in the country, the MPC approved for the bank to continue with gradual reduction of liquidity in September and October 2022.

“The policy decision aims at reducing inflationary pressures, while safeguarding economic activities,” the statement said.

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Air traffic controllers in West, Central Africa suspend strike for negotiations after 48-hour disruption

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The industrial action by air traffic controllers in West and Central Africa has been suspended.

The unions announced the suspension after a 48-hour strike having disrupted flights across the region and left hundreds of passengers stranded at airports.

According to a statement by the Union of Air Traffic Controllers’ Unions (USYCAA), the decision to suspend its strike notice for 10 days immediately so as to allow for negotiations.

“Air traffic services will be provided in all air spaces and airports managed by ASECNA from today Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 1200 GMT,” the statement said.

One of the stranded passengers, Nsoh Brinston, lamented on how the strike would make him spend more than his budget on his intended travel to Kigali, Rwanda.

“I will have to spend more than I intended due to the cancelled flight. I will have to do another COVID test which costs 30,000 CFA francs ($45),” he said.’

Also, eight flights scheduled to leave the commercial hub of Abidjan on Saturday were cancelled in Ivory Coast.

Industries like aviationtelecom operators have all their operations disrupted across Africa lately largely as part of the fallout of the Russian/Ukraine war which has caused a hike in aviation fuel.

It is yet to be seen if the negotiations between air traffic controllers and government authorities will birth lasting solutions to the challenge which now cuts across the continent.

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