The most important in this week’s headlines out of and concerning Africa, for those who need help catching up.
This week, the Africa Pavilion at COP21 kicks off, China gives $60 billion in aid to Africa, and Libya takes steps towards peace.
- Africa Pavilion at COP21 Begins
A panel comprised of African heads of state, government officials, and representatives of businesses and institutions officially opened the African Pavilion at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris this week. Among the speakers were President Thomas Boni Yayi of Benin, who discussed the potential effects of climate change on African economies and development. The panel discussed potential plans and solutions, including developing and using renewable energy in Africa in order to move the continent forward.
2. China Gives $6 Billion to Africa
President Xi Jinping of China announced at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, currently being held in South Africa, that his country will give $60 billion in aid to Africa. China is currently Africa’s largest trade partner, resulting in $222 billion last year. The $60 billion will fund several programs focusing on areas such as agriculture, renewable energy, healthcare, security, and infrastructure.
3. Libya’s Parliaments Reaches Agreement
Representatives from Libya’s rivaling parliaments have reached a tentative peace agreement. The country fell into chaos after the uprising in 2011, leading to various parts of the country to be ruled by many different militias and groups. The parliaments hope that the deal will lead to a central government and democratic elections within the next two years. However, the deal has to be approved by a third, internationally-recognized parliament in the eastern part of the country, and by the General National Congress before any further progress can be made.