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Fix the broken BRICS

Fix the broken BRICS

24 Apr 2014
They did well when China was driving commodities demand and finance was flowing into emerging markets. All that’s over. Since Jim O’Neill coined the phrase BRIC back in...
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Top 10 economies best set up for trade

Top 10 economies best set up for trade

24 Apr 2014
“We’re back in business” – these are the words of Roberto Azevêdo, the freshly elected director general of the World Trade Organization, uttered in December 2013. He was r...
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Call for probe into ‘excessive’ charges for African money transfers

Call for probe into ‘excessive’ charges for African money transfers

24 Apr 2014
Africans are effectively paying a ‘super tax’ on money transfer fees that are more than double the global average, according to a report by the Overseas Development I...
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The trend towards increased regionalism could be reversed, new WTO research suggests

The trend towards increased regionalism could be reversed, new WTO research suggests

24 Apr 2014
A new attempt to paint a picture of the world economy in 2035 shows that the share of trade within major regional trade agreements might decline. Under various scenarios, inc...
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Appeals announced by China in rare earths dispute and by US in products from China dispute

Appeals announced by China in rare earths dispute and by US in products from China dispute

23 Apr 2014
China announced to the WTO Secretariat on 17 April 2014 its decision to appeal certain issues of law and legal interpretation in the panel report in the case “China –...
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Experts to look into integrating Aid for Trade into global markets

Experts to look into integrating Aid for Trade into global markets

23 Apr 2014
The Economic Commission for Africa will host an inter-regional forum of over 60 experts from around the world to share experiences and views on how Aid for Trade can best faci...
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EU farmers demand stricter disease checks on South Africa citrus

EU farmers demand stricter disease checks on South Africa citrus

23 Apr 2014
European Union farm lobby Copa-Cogeca called on the 28-nation bloc to tighten controls on citrus imports from South Africa to prevent the introduction of the plant disease bla...
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Ghana to be guided by collective position of ECOWAS on EPA

Ghana to be guided by collective position of ECOWAS on EPA

22 Apr 2014
Mr Haruna Iddrisu, Minister of Trade and Industry, on Thursday said Ghana would be guided by the collective position of the Economic Community of West African States on the Economi...
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Financial services sector growth to provide great opportunity

Financial services sector growth to provide great opportunity

22 Apr 2014
Retail banking in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is projected to grow at a compound annual rate of 15 per cent between now and 2020. Sumesh Rahavendra of DHL Express SSA says that ...
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Row about chicken imports rages on

Row about chicken imports rages on

22 Apr 2014
Consumers could face further increases in chicken prices in the next two months, which is when the government is expected to take a decision on anti-dumping duties on frozen b...
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15 April marks the 20th anniversary of the WTO’s founding agreements

15 April marks the 20th anniversary of the WTO’s founding agreements

17 Apr 2014
Twenty years ago today, 15 April 1994, the WTO agreements were signed in Marrakesh, Morocco. They were the result of the 1986-94 Uruguay Round negotiations, and are the basis for t...
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Kenya says EAC-EU trade talks could be concluded by May

Kenya says EAC-EU trade talks could be concluded by May

17 Apr 2014
The ongoing trade talks between the East African Community (EAC) and the European Union could be concluded by the end of May, a government official said on Tuesday. Foreign Affair...
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SA must integrate with global economic system, says Gordhan

SA must integrate with global economic system, says Gordhan

17 Apr 2014
South Africa is not an island, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Wednesday, and economic growth and development depends on the extent to which the country is integrated with ...
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At high-level forum, UN officials urge steps to ensure financing of sustainable development

At high-level forum, UN officials urge steps to ensure financing of sustainable development

16 Apr 2014
Even with a slow recovery from the economic and financial crisis under way, severe effects of the upheaval linger and serious risks remain, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General ...
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Africa rising: A tale of growth, inequality and great promise

Africa rising: A tale of growth, inequality and great promise

16 Apr 2014
The World Bank cautioned on 12 April 2014 against any complacency in tackling Africa’s enduring development challenges. The warning came even as the World Bank praised Africa fo...
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Africa should keep an eye out for EU-US trade talks

Africa should keep an eye out for EU-US trade talks

16 Apr 2014
The current EU-US negotiations should be a wake-up call for African governments to be proactive and limit the burden that a trade deal of this magnitude will unquestionably bring a...
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Africa’s ‘fork in the road’ pointing to industrialization, says Lopes

Africa’s ‘fork in the road’ pointing to industrialization, says Lopes

16 Apr 2014
A decade after former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s made his landmark ‘fork in the road’ speech to the General Assembly calling for the reform of the global body, the Exe...
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UNCTAD issues annual update on investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) cases – Message from Mr. James Zhan

UNCTAD issues annual update on investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) cases – Message from Mr. James Zhan

15 Apr 2014
It is my pleasure to share with you UNCTAD’s IIA Issues Note on the latest developments in investor-State dispute settlement. ISDS continues to be in the spotlight thanks to...
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African trade routes shift focus from exports to local markets

African trade routes shift focus from exports to local markets

15 Apr 2014
For centuries, colonial-era merchants tussled for access to Africa’s raw materials, and huge swathes of Africa’s geography became synonymous with the main commodity they e...
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Modest trade growth anticipated for 2014 and 2015 following two year slump

Modest trade growth anticipated for 2014 and 2015 following two year slump

15 Apr 2014
World trade is expected to grow by a modest 4.7% in 2014 and at a slightly faster rate of 5.3% in 2015 WTO economists said today (14 April 2014). Although the 2014 forecast o...
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