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A common electronic passport that will grant visa-free access to all 54 members of the African Union (AU) will be unveiled at the AU summit in Kigali, Rwanda later this month. The initiative which has the objective of facilitating free movement of persons, goods and services around the continent will be issued to heads of states, Ministers of Foreign Affairs; and the Permanent Representatives of AU Member States based at the AU Headquarters. The Union aims to distribute them to all African citizens by 2018. (Businessdayonline)

Government workers in Zimbabwe have gone on strike over unpaid salaries because of a chronic cash shortage. Teachers, doctors and nurses were among who stopped work because they had not been paid in more than a month. (BBC)

National Agency for Control of Aids (NACA) has commenced monitoring the utilisation of the World Bank loan of $‎225m released to the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja towards eradicating HIV/AIDS. (AllAfrica)

Biz Development

South African risk financier Business Partners has launched the 2016 edition of its SME Toolkit BUSINESS/PARTNERS Business Plan Competition for Aspiring Young Entrepreneurs, with 900 entrepreneurs to receive training on business plan formulation, and one entrepreneur to win over ZAR37,000 (US$2,507) in prizes. (Disrupt Africa)

Health Hack Accra

Health Hack Accra will bring together social entrepreneurs from all backgrounds to tackle four key areas on Thursday, 7th July, at Impact Hub Accra for a general information session. Throughout the 48-hour competition, teams of 3-6 individuals will create, develop, and pitch innovative business models or products to a highly-esteemed local and international judging panel.

Arts &
Culture &

Ghanaian and Caribbean culture took centre stage at the weekend in the Ghanaian capital during the third edition of the Ghana Carnival. Various parts of the Ghanaian capital Accra, notably James Town and the Black Star Square, played host to an array of performers who took part in the carnival which run from Friday July 1 to Sunday July 3, 2016. (Africa News)

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