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SUNS # 9276 Tuesday 2 February 2021

Trade : Several Ministers bring TRIPS waiver to center stage at ministerial meet (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
The trade ministers of India, Indonesia, South Africa, and Mauritius, on behalf of the African Group, have brought to the center stage the proposed TRIPS waiver for combating the COVID-19 pandemic, at an informal trade ministerial meeting on 29 January.

Finance : US dollar credit outside US grows by 5%, says BIS (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
US dollar credit to non-bank borrowers residing outside the United States grew by 5% year on year to reach $12.7 trillion at end-September 2020, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has said.

Health : COVID-19 extracted a heavy toll on older people (PRIV)
(IPS, Johannesburg)
Internationally, COVID-19 extracted a heavy toll on older people - raising concerns in the Asia Pacific region where more than half of the world's ageing population live.

Namibia : Despite petitions, government proceeds with sale of elephants (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
Over 100,000 concerned petitioners have urged Namibian government to scrap its plan to auction off 170 wild elephants - which include rare desert-adapted elephants - but the country's Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism said that the Jan. 29 sale will go on as planned.

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