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12 NEWS Nigerian government  nalises deal for $1.1 billion railway line
The Nigerian government is in the process of  nalising a deal for the construction of the US$1.1 billion Lagos-Calabar railway line.
Several preliminary agreements have been struck in recent years however, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo con rmed that
the government hopes to complete funding talks with the Chinese government by June.
China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) signed an agreement with President Muhammadu Buhari in June 2016 to develop the line, which will connect the Southwest and the Southeast of the country.
The Lagos-Calabar rail link is a landmark development for Nigeria’s railway construction sector, which has long been neglected in favour of road construction projects.
Rwanda and DR Costrengthening tradRwanda and DR Congo have a rmed a commitment to strengthen bilateral trade ties between the central and East African countries.
The bolstering of trade ties was agreed in a meeting between ministers from both nations in the town of Bukavu in the East of DR Congo.
An action plan to implement trade facilitation was crafted and approved by François Kanimba, Rwanda’s Minister for Trade, Industry and East
Ethiopian Airlines launches three new  ights
Ethiopian Airlines has announced it will charter new  ights to three new destinations – Victoria Falls, Oslo and Antananarivo.
Group chief executive o cer Tewolde GebreMariam said: “Three new  ights to three new destinations in just three days is one of the greatest expansions in Ethiopian’s long and illustrious history.
“We are proud that we are able to link these new stations
to the Ethiopian network in such a short period of time.”
The new  ights are three
of seven new destinations destinations which the aviation company plans to launch during the  rst half of 2017.
Ethiopian is one of the fastest growing airlines in Africa, serving more than 90 international destinations across  ve continents.
Johnson & Johnsonoperations in GhaPharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson has extended its bases in East and West Africa by opening new o ces in Kenya and Ghana.
The o ces will be based in capital cities Nairobi and Accra and re ect the company’s increased commitment to improving public health outcomes in the respective regions.

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