The Pan-African Economy in Brief: Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Media professionals are worried about the exercise of their profession:
In Senegal, journalists organized a sit-in in front of the Ministry of Culture and Communication in Dakar on Monday, May 3. On the occasion of the International Press Freedom Day, journalists were keen to point out the censorship and insecurity that has characterized the exercise of their profession for the past few months.

The government officially declares the end of the 12th Ebola outbreak in North Kivu:
Between the waves of violence and coronavirus, the DRC was faced with a return of the Ebola virus disease epidemic with 12 reported cases and 6 deaths. Faced with this situation, the government had launched on February 15, 2021 a vaccination campaign for the population of the contaminated area.

China advances part of the financing for the construction of the Lekki port:
The massive project to build Nigeria's first deepwater port is seen as a reliable alternative to the ongoing congestion at other ports in the country. The project is receiving a boost from donors to ensure its timely delivery.

20 Million in Grants Available to Offgrid Providers through the AFMO:
Offgrid providers will be able to access funding to implement their electrification projects. The Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA) has launched the pre-qualification for its third call for proposals. The selected companies will be subsidized for the implementation of their offgrid electrification projects.

South Africa:
MTN is playing hardball with AirFibre, its new wireless broadband Internet solution:
On Monday, May 3, mobile operator MTN South Africa officially released AirFibre, its new high-speed Internet solution, to the market. The new product, which will be marketed by MTN subsidiary Supersonic, is an alternative to fiber optics, which is considered expensive in terms of deployment for the company and subscription for consumers.