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Global Growth: Modest pickup to 2.5% in 2020 amid mounting debt and slowing productivity growth

Global Growth: Modest pickup to 2.5% in 2020 amid mounting debt and slowing productivity growth

20 Jan 2020Topic NewsTrade data analysis and visualisation
Global economic growth is forecast to edge up to 2.5% in 2020 as investment and trade gradually recover from last year’s significant weakness but downward risks persist, the Worl...
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2019 Africa Visa Openness Index: AUC, AfDB report shows wins in visa restrictions across Africa

2019 Africa Visa Openness Index: AUC, AfDB report shows wins in visa restrictions across Africa

11 Nov 2019Topic NewsServices
For the first time, African travellers have liberal access to over half the continent, the 2019 Africa Visa Openness Index published by the African Union Commission and Africa...
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Joint Statement between the United States of America and the African Union concerning the development of the African Continental Free Trade Area

Joint Statement between the United States of America and the African Union concerning the development of the African Continental Free Trade Area

07 Aug 2019Topic NewsAfrican trade and integration
Deputy United States Trade Representative C.J. Mahoney and African Union Commission Commissioner for Trade and Industry Albert Muchanga on 5 August 2019 signed a joint statement co...
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Operational phase of the African Continental Free Trade Area launched at Niger Summit of the African Union

Operational phase of the African Continental Free Trade Area launched at Niger Summit of the African Union

08 Jul 2019Topic NewsAfrican trade and integration
The operational phase of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) has been launched, after a day-long summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) in t...
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Africa’s output grew by 3.4% in 2018, Afreximbank’s African Trade Report 2019 shows

Africa’s output grew by 3.4% in 2018, Afreximbank’s African Trade Report 2019 shows

01 Jul 2019Topic NewsAfrican trade and integrationTrade data analysis and visualisation
Africa’s output grew by 3.4 per cent between 2017 and 2018 despite the slowdown in global growth during that period, a new report by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) ...
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COMESA Industrial Strategy cleared for implementation

COMESA Industrial Strategy cleared for implementation

21 Jun 2019Topic NewsAfrican trade and integrationTrade law and regulation
The implementation of the COMESA Industrial Strategy has officially begun following the approval of an Action Plan and Regional Guidelines on Local Content Policy. Ministers respo...
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Foreign direct investment to Africa defies global slump, rises 11% – UN Report

Foreign direct investment to Africa defies global slump, rises 11% – UN Report

13 Jun 2019Topic NewsTrade data analysis and visualisation
Continent-wide trade agreement bodes well for future investment in Africa and burgeoning SEZs further buttress prospects. Africa escaped the global decline in foreign direct inves...
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Commodity-dependent countries urged to diversify exports

Commodity-dependent countries urged to diversify exports

16 Apr 2019Topic NewsAgriculture and commodities
Experts discuss recent trends in global commodity markets and explore how commodity-dependent developing countries could achieve inclusive growth. Developing countries that depend...
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Africa’s Pulse: Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa remains below three percent three years after crisis

Africa’s Pulse: Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa remains below three percent three years after crisis

09 Apr 2019Topic NewsFinance and development
Digital revolution can unlock inclusive growth and job creation across Africa Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa has been downgraded to 2.3 percent for 2018, down from 2.5 percent in 20...
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Kenya Economic Update: Transforming agricultural productivity to achieve food security for all

Kenya Economic Update: Transforming agricultural productivity to achieve food security for all

09 Apr 2019Topic NewsAgriculture and commodities
Kenya’s economic outlook remains stable amid threats of drought in 2019 Kenya’s real gross domestic product is projected to grow by 5.7% in 2019, a slight decrease from the es...
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Africa-Europe Alliance: European Commission committed to a sustainable African agri-food sector

Africa-Europe Alliance: European Commission committed to a sustainable African agri-food sector

07 Mar 2019Topic NewsAgriculture and commodities
The Task Force for Rural Africa delivered today its final report, an agri-food and rural agenda for the new ‘Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs’ unveile...
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DHL Global Connectedness Index: Globalization hits new record high

DHL Global Connectedness Index: Globalization hits new record high

15 Feb 2019Topic NewsServices
International flows of trade, capital, information and people all intensified significantly for the first time since 2007 DHL has released the fifth edition of the DHL Global Conn...
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Hunger on the rise in Africa, new UN report reveals

Hunger on the rise in Africa, new UN report reveals

13 Feb 2019Topic NewsAgriculture and commodities
A new joint United Nations report reveals that hunger is on the rise in Africa following years of decline due to a number of reasons, including difficult global economic conditions...
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International push to improve food safety

International push to improve food safety

12 Feb 2019Topic NewsAgriculture and commodities
International Food Safety Conference opens with call for greater global cooperation Greater international cooperation is needed to prevent unsafe food from causing ill health and ...
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Signs suggest global economic growth spurt has peaked but will remain steady at 3 percent in 2019-2020

Signs suggest global economic growth spurt has peaked but will remain steady at 3 percent in 2019-2020

22 Jan 2019Topic NewsTrade data analysis and visualisation
Economic prospects threatened by weakened support for multilateralism, tightening of financial conditions and heightened trade tensions The global economy will continue to grow at...
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Global creative economy shows resilience, growth – report

Global creative economy shows resilience, growth – report

17 Jan 2019Topic NewsTrade data analysis and visualisation
The remarkable story of China’s dominance in the trade of creative goods and services is the golden thread of a new creative economy outlook by UNCTAD. With export growth rates ...
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South Africa Merchandise Trade Statistics for November 2018

South Africa Merchandise Trade Statistics for November 2018

16 Jan 2019Topic NewsTrade data analysis and visualisation
South Africa trade balance swings to surplus in November South Africa’s trade balance shifted to a R3.49 billion surplus in November of 2018 from a downwardly revised R4.29 bill...
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Murky climate deal lets down poor countries

Murky climate deal lets down poor countries

18 Dec 2018Topic NewsTrade and the environment
The international deal hammered out during last-minute talks at the 24th UN climate change conference (COP 24) has been lambasted for failing to address crucial issues related to r...
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Growth of global goods exports to reach 10.4% in 2018

Growth of global goods exports to reach 10.4% in 2018

06 Dec 2018Topic NewsTrade data analysis and visualisation
Newly released UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics 2018 offers up-to-date, reliable trade figures in an era of uncertainty. Global merchandise exports could grow by 10.4% this year, hit...
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COP24: Paris Agreement takes center stage as climate negotiations open in Poland

COP24: Paris Agreement takes center stage as climate negotiations open in Poland

04 Dec 2018Topic NewsTrade and the environment
The core business of the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) opened on Monday, 3 December 2018 i...
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