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Africa news roundup: 3-9 July

World Bank doubles up on Africa

The World Bank will appoint a second official responsible for its Africa activities, it announced on 1 July. The bank has split sub-Saharan Africa into two regions, both overseen by a vice-president. Hafez Ghanem from Egypt, who has been vice-president for Africa since 2018, will now be responsible for East and Southern Africa. Ousmane Diagana from Mauritania will be the vice-president for West and Central Africa. Diagana said that he will have a “strong focus on innovation, impact, and transformation”.

SADC establishes plant breeding hub

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