U.S. increases cost of visa application for Nigerians

The United States has increased the cost of visa application for Nigerians. The US Consulate announced this in a statement explaining that it was “reciprocating” the extra visa fee the Nigerian government charges American citizens. The consulate explained that the extra cost will be applicable to only those whose visa requests were granted.   The […]

AfDB scales up industrialization pace on the continent, delivers improved business access to finance, skills, energy

The African Development Bank (AfDB) said it has scaled up industrialization pace on the continent as it has delivered improved business access to transport, energy and skills in the past year. The development bank made the disclosure Thursday in its Annual Development Effectiveness Review (ADER) released at the Bank’s annual meetings in Busan, South Korea. […]

Verve, UBA partner to support Zambia’s subsidy disbursement programme

Verve International has signed a partnership agreement with the United Bank for Africa to deliver cost-effective prepaid cards to farmers under the Zambian Ministry of Agriculture’s FISP programme. It was gathered that as part of the partnership deal, UBA will issue Verve prepaid cards in the next season of the Farmers Input Support Programme, an […]

IDB to finance Iraqi infrastructure with $500m – president

Ahmed Mohamed Ali al-Madani, the president of Islamic Development Bank (IDB), said the bank is ready to finance Iraq infrastructure with $500 million, The president said this in Kuwait on Wednesday, according to Reuters. Donors and investors have gathered in Kuwait to discuss efforts to rebuild Iraq’s economy and infrastructure as it emerges from a devastating conflict […]

Namibia GDP growth seen accelerating to 2.2% this year- finance minister

Calle Schlettwein, Namibia’s finance minister said on Friday that the country’s economic growth is expected to accelerate to 2.2 percent this year from an estimated 1.6 percent growth in 2016, supported by higher commodity prices. “We expect improvement due to rising commodity prices although some of the revenue increases might be offset by an (unfavourable) exchange […]

EU aims 2025 Balkans expansion to check Russia, China rising influence

The European Union has indicated that it hopes to add some of the continent’s poorest countries to its bloc in order to check the influence of Russia, China and Turkey in the Balkans. The EU’s executive branch on Tuesday set a target date of 2025 for some of the Balkan countries to join. Membership would […]