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Commodity-dependent developing countries need to boost efforts to diversify their economies

Commodity-dependent developing countries need to boost efforts to diversify their economies

12 Dec 17  News
Without policy change, commodity-dependent developing countries risk falling short of achieving sustainable development by 2030, UN report warns. Without a renewed commitment to p...
Primary commodity trap in Africa has at least three consequences

Primary commodity trap in Africa has at least three consequences

17 Nov 17  News
Primary commodity trap in Africa has at least three consequences, Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Southern Africa regional director Said Adejumobi has observed. Speaking at t...
China’s ambitions in sub-Saharan Africa: efforts to rebalance bilateral relations still needed

China’s ambitions in sub-Saharan Africa: efforts to rebalance bilateral relations still needed

10 Nov 17  News
Risky trade dependence for sectors and countries that export commodities Almost twenty years after the launch of the first Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, China-Africa relation...
tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

08 Nov 17  News
Underway in Moroni, Comoros: the 21st Meeting of Intergovernmental Committee of Experts – Eastern Africa on the theme Transformative growth in Eastern Africa – catalysts and co...
Experts to discuss the challenges and implications of declining commodity prices in Southern Africa

Experts to discuss the challenges and implications of declining commodity prices in Southern Africa

08 Nov 17  News
The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Office for Southern Africa, in collaboration with the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG), will organize the Ad-hoc Expert Group Meeting (AEGM...
Africa’s oil & gas industry needs to ‘learn to leapfrog’ and harness innovation and technology to stay ahead of the competition

Africa’s oil & gas industry needs to ‘learn to leapfrog’ and harness innovation and technology to stay ahead of the competition

02 Nov 17  News
PwC’s Africa Oil and Gas Review, 2017 analyses what has happened in the last 12 months in the oil and gas industry within the major and emerging markets The oil & gas indust...
tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

30 Oct 17  News
Doing Business 2018 launches tomorrow. Selected previews: (i) Ilyas M. Dawaleh (Djibouti’s Minister of Economy and Finance): We, govt of Djibouti, did great jobs in recent year...
Sub-Saharan Africa: The path to recovery

Sub-Saharan Africa: The path to recovery

30 Oct 17  News
The broad-based slowdown in sub-Saharan Africa is easing, and growth is expected to pick up to 2.6 percent in 2017 from last year's 1.4 percent, the IMF said in its latest Regional...
Commodity prices likely to rise further in 2018: World Bank

Commodity prices likely to rise further in 2018: World Bank

30 Oct 17  News
Oil prices to average $56 a barrel in 2018, up from 2017 average of $53/bbl Oil prices are forecast to rise to $56 a barrel in 2018 from $53 this year as a result of steadily grow...
African production and trade of coffee and tea in perspective: What are the implications for continental trade liberalisation?

African production and trade of coffee and tea in perspective: What are the implications for continental trade liberalisation?

27 Oct 17  Publications
This working paper examines the African production and trade profiles for coffee and tea, both important exports from Africa, and the extent to which trade liberalisation across Af...
WTO Sub-Committee on Least-Developed Countries: Market access for products and services of export interest to LDCs

WTO Sub-Committee on Least-Developed Countries: Market access for products and services of export interest to LDCs

25 Oct 17  News
Document prepared by the WTO Secretariat for the Formal Meeting of the Sub-Committee on Least-Developed Countries held on 3 October 2017, as revised Over the period 2005-2016...
Running the numbers: making extractives count for Africa

Running the numbers: making extractives count for Africa

20 Oct 17  News
As African resource-rich countries battle with the macroeconomic impact of the dip in global commodity prices, many look back at the 2004-2013 upswing in the commodity cycle and co...
Africa’s economic performance improves in 2017

Africa’s economic performance improves in 2017

18 Oct 17  News
Africa’s economic outlook improved in 2017 compared with 2016 and is expected to gain momentum in 2018. GDP growth in 2017 is expected at 3.0% up from 2.2 in 2016 and projected t...
tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

17 Oct 17  News
Africa Week 2017 is underway at the UN: update, downloads SADC-EU Economic Partnership Agreement: updates from yesterday’s regional conference in Johannesburg. (i) Minister Davi...
Alarm bells as more developing countries become commodity-dependent

Alarm bells as more developing countries become commodity-dependent

13 Oct 17  News
Sustainable management of the commodity sector can fuel global economic growth. Nine more developing economies became dependent on commodity exports between 2010 and 2015, bringing...
Africa’s Pulse: Committed leaders, well-coordinated policies essential for facing the skills balancing act in Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa’s Pulse: Committed leaders, well-coordinated policies essential for facing the skills balancing act in Sub-Saharan Africa

11 Oct 17  News
Tackling Africa’s Skills Gap to Build More Robust and Diversified Economies Sub-Saharan Africa’s economies are experiencing a modest recovery, with gross domestic product (GDP...
Commodities and the SDGs: UNCTAD Expert Meeting to discuss developments, challenges and opportunities in commodity markets

Commodities and the SDGs: UNCTAD Expert Meeting to discuss developments, challenges and opportunities in commodity markets

10 Oct 17  News
In the 15 years countries have to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, the commodity sector will play a crucial role in facilitating their attainment, notably in commodity-de...
Zimbabwe dollar dearth causes shortages, return of inflation

Zimbabwe dollar dearth causes shortages, return of inflation

05 Oct 17  News
Zimbabwe’s money shortage has seen card and mobile-money payments eclipse cash sales at the nation’s retailers, throttling suppliers’ stock of hard currency needed to put goo...
Zambia: 2018 Budget Address

Zambia: 2018 Budget Address

02 Oct 17  News
“Accelerating fiscal fitness for sustained inclusive growth, without leaving anyone behind” Budget Address delivered by the Minister of Finance, Hon. Felix C. Mutati, to ...
United Nations urges end to austerity, calls for ambition to rebalance global economy and achieve prosperity for all

United Nations urges end to austerity, calls for ambition to rebalance global economy and achieve prosperity for all

15 Sep 17  News
The global economy appears stuck on its path to recovery. A new UNCTAD report, the Trade and Development Report, 2017: Beyond Austerity – Towards a Global New Deal, sets out...

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