News & Analysis: Senegal

Senegalese delivery startup Yobante Express has expanded to five African markets

“The startup allows anyone travelling in the same general direction as the parcel and anyone with a shop or physical location to make money as part of its network. Yobante Express now active in five African markets outside of its home country as it continues to expand its solution across the continent.”

via Disrupt Africa

Senegal’s quiet COVID-19 success: Test results in 24 hours, temperature checks at every store, no fights over masks

“Senegal has a fragile health care system, a scarcity of hospital beds and about seven doctors for every 100,000 people. Yet Senegal, with a population of 16 million, has tackled COVID-19 aggressively and, so far, effectively.”

via USA Today

COVID-19 in Africa: Is the crisis over? Or has it just begun?

“Despite progress in vaccine research, we expect the economic effects of COVID-19 to linger in African countries for a long time to come. It’s time for the entire international community to take these more seriously.”

via Development Reimagined

Why African countries are reluctant to take up COVID-19 debt relief

“Of the 25 countries eligible for the debt relief, only four have requested assistance – Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia and Senegal. The majority have either refused to apply, or have not yet requested a debt moratorium.”

via The Conversation

How 7 African scientists got stranded at sea after COVID-19

“When virus broke out, 21 scientists from Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, the Gambia and Spain were already partway through a voyage off the coast of northwest Africa.”

via The Star (Kenya)

How young Africans find innovative solutions to challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic

“The global pandemic has exposed a range of challenges that curtail youth development. Nevertheless, youth in Africa continue to mobilise against these challenges with a sense of agility and creativity.”

via SAIIA

Coronavirus: Which African airlines are taking off and when?

“After more than three months without flying, airline companies are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Since 25 June, Royal Air Maroc began operating a portion of its domestic flights (Agadir, Dakhla, Laâyoune and Oujda) from its Casablanca hub, followed by its other hubs, Marrakech and Tangier. The low-cost airline Air Arabia Maroc will also resume operations on the same date.”

via The Africa Report

Senegal’s president self-quarantines as precaution

“Senegalese President Macky Sall has quarantined himself as a precaution after coming in contact with someone who tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to a presidential statement late Wednesday. Although Sall tested negative for the virus, he will be undergoing a quarantine process of 15 days based on medical recommendations.”

via Anadolu Agency

Senegal president admits virus will delay oil projects

“Senegal has been forced to delay its first oil and gas projects by up to two years because of coronavirus, President Macky Sall said, in a sign that aftershocks from the crisis are battering even economies that have avoided the worst of the pandemic itself.”

via Financial Times

COVID-19 could upend several African countries’ plans to fuel economic growth with oil and gas

“When coronavirus forced the world into lockdown, it punched a hole in global oil demand and sent prices crashing to historic lows. The result was an overnight fiscal catastrophe for oil-dependent African economies like Nigeria that were accustomed to building their budgets on oil prices double what they are now.”

via Quartz Africa