US agency awards grant to Kenyan company for feasibility study on 50-megawatt wind power plant

By George Tubei 

The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant to Kenya’s Craftskills Energy Limited for a feasibility study to develop a 50-megawatt wind power plant with integrated battery storage capacity in Kajiado, Kenya.

Actis, a leading investor in growth markets across Africa, Asia, and Latin America, is co-developing the project with Craftskills. U.S. firm Delphos International will execute the study.

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U.S. Agency: Nigeria a key African market

The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation is a new, modernised agency that will support investments in developing countries to drive economic growth, support stability, and improve livelihoods. In this briefing to launch the programme, Overseas Private Investment Corporation Acting President and Chief Executive Officer David Bohigian give insight into the initiative. Excerpts:

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USTDA Expands Affordable Internet Access in South Africa, Creates New U.S. Export Opportunities

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency has awarded a grant to South Africa’s Wireless Access Providers Association (WAPA) for a pilot project that will help improve internet access for rural and semi-rural areas in South Africa through the use of American TV white space (TVWS) technologies. The pilot sites will be in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Gauteng, and in Mpumalanga.

“This grant demonstrates USTDA’s continuing commitment to developing quality and affordable ICT infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa,” said Thomas R. Hardy, USTDA’s Acting Director. Continue reading “USTDA Expands Affordable Internet Access in South Africa, Creates New U.S. Export Opportunities”

EXIM Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Angola’s Ministry of Finance      

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Finance of the government of Angola to increase trade of goods and services between the United States and Angola.

The signing took place at EXIM headquarters in Washington. Ambassador Jeffrey D. Gerrish, EXIM chairman and president (acting), signed the MOU with Angolan Minister of Finance H.E. Augusto Archer Mangueira.

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US pledges US$4 M to improve rule of law institutions in Ethiopia

The United States of America has announced the launch of its new two-year US$4 million project for for Ethiopia to help improve and strengthen institutions working in areas of rule of law.

Feteh (justice), is a program funded by the US Agency For International Development (USAID) and will provide support for the Attorney General’s office and the Supreme Court’s efforts to expand their independent decision-making and oversight capacities.

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Kenyans To Expect Hotter Days, Less Rains – US Aid Agency Warns

by Jael Keya

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced that Kenya will experience prolonged hot days ahead.

According to the Famine Early Warning Systems Networks (FewsNet) of the American agency, the long rains normally experienced in Kenya between March and May have been prolonged by the tropical cyclone, Idai.

The agency noted that the cyclone redirected moisture away from the East African region hence the delayed rains. Continue reading “Kenyans To Expect Hotter Days, Less Rains – US Aid Agency Warns”

USAID pairs Cornell, Cairo University to create Center of Excellence in Egypt

By John Bakum

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched a five-year, $30 million collaborative project between Cornell and Cairo University to create a Center of Excellence for Agriculture (COEA) in Egypt.

The center will enhance curricula and research to train and equip the next generation of Egyptian students to improve agricultural production in Egypt for the future.

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US and Ghana firms partner on solar energy project

U.S. Ambassador to Ghana Stephanie S. Sullivan led an event in Kpone to mark the new partnership between the Ghanaian company Strategic Security Systems International, and its subsidiary Strategic Power Solutions, with the U.S. Company AEG International.

Their initial objective will be to provide solar energy to six dioceses of the Ghana Catholic Church.

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is providing grant support for AEG International to work with Strategic Power Solutions to conduct a detailed feasibility study for the project. Continue reading “US and Ghana firms partner on solar energy project”