Middle East & Africa round-up: Northern Cape unemployed youth to be trained in public finance management, and more

17 Jul 15

A round-up of recent public finance stories from the Middle East & Africa you might have missed.

Northern Cape unemployed youth to be trained in public finance management

The National Treasury in collaboration with the Northern Cape office of the premier and the Public Service Sector Education and Training Authority (PSETA)‚ are preparing to roll out a learnership programme in public finance management for unemployed youth in the Northern Cape. (Sowetan Live)

There is hope for a new Nigeria – Osinbajo tells Nigerians in Addis Ababa

A new Nigeria is happening and it will require the commitment of all Nigerians. This is according to Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo during an interactive session he held with Nigerians living in Addis Ababa. (Daily Post)

Labour scrutiny for FIFA as a World Cup rises in the Qatar desert

When a law firm hired by Qatar, the site of the 2022 World Cup, issued a report last year urging reforms in the treatment of migrant construction workers there, human rights groups expected the tiny oil-rich Persian Gulf nation to respond quickly. (The New York Times)

Middle East digital economy expected to double by 2018

As the region continues to diversify its economy, the Middle East’s business landscape is quickly adopting latest technologies to capture competitive advantages arising from leveraging the Internet of Things, big data & predictive analytics and further leveraging mobile technology in heart of their core businesses. (Al Arabiya)

Iraq gets $350m for reconstruction of towns recaptured from ISIS

Iraq and the World Bank signed a $350m loan agreement on Sunday to fund emergency reconstruction in towns recaptured from Islamic State militants, a deal Baghdad said marked the first international help to rebuild areas devastated by war. (Haaretz)

Financing for development: the view from Addis

BLOG: In the UN conference centre and upmarket hotels of Addis Ababa, the buzz of international summitry is underway. Thousands of delegates from all over the world have converged on the Ethiopian capital this week to discuss the direction of international development and where the resources might come from to finance it.

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