Science has delivered, will the WTO deliver?
A proposal by India, South Africa and eight other countries calls on the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to exempt member countries from enforcing some patents, and other Intellectual Property (IP) rights under the organization’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, known as TRIPS, for a limited period of time. It is to ensure that IPRs do not restrict the rapid scaling- up of manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. While a few members have raised concerns about the proposal, a large proportion of the WTO membership supports the proposal. It has also received the backing of various international organizations, multilateral agencies and global civil society. ...Read More
Preps on course for AU Summit
Preparations for this year’s 34th African Union Ordinary Summit of Heads of States scheduled to take place on 6th and 7th of February 2021, have started. Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Mr Emmanuel Mwamba said this year’ Summit would be preceded by the Permanent Representative Committee (PRC) and the Executive Council of Ministers’ meetings. ...Read More
Meet Zodwa Wabantu, the farmer
Johannesburg - Known more for her risqué outfits than anything else, South African socialite Zodwa Wabantu has extended her hustle to farming. ...Read More
DRC honours Lumumba 60 years after assassination
The Democratic Republic of the Congo has honoured independence hero Patrice Lumumba, marking 60 years since his assassination in a plot linked to the fledgling country’s colonial master, Belgium. ...Read More