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New financing for Africa’s roads, rail without high debt

New financing for Africa’s roads, rail without high debt

21 Mar 2014  News
As Central African countries seek new sources of financing for infrastructure, policymakers will have to avoid high indebtedness, a conference in Cameroon was told. Sub-Saharan Af...
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Negotiators meet on trade, transformation and Africa’s role in global markets

Negotiators meet on trade, transformation and Africa’s role in global markets

20 Mar 2014  News
At a retreat of African World Trade Organization negotiators this week, the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, Mr. Carlos Lopes said that the benefits of Af...
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Changing Times: How the MINTs are taking over from the BRICs

Changing Times: How the MINTs are taking over from the BRICs

20 Mar 2014  News
Is the party over for the BRIC economies? After years of hype, Brazil, Russia and India have enjoyed impressive growth but appear to have lost their shine. China, the world’s se...
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Africa must do more to unlock opportunities of rising intra-African trade

Africa must do more to unlock opportunities of rising intra-African trade

20 Mar 2014  News
Growth in intra-Africa trade is outpacing trade between Africa and rest of the world. However, more needs to be done to boost intra-African trade to take advantage of the increasin...
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Africa Clean Energy Corridor to boost renewable energy

Africa Clean Energy Corridor to boost renewable energy

20 Mar 2014  News
Energy ministers and delegates from 19 countries committed to the creation of an ambitious initiative, the Africa Clean Energy Corridor, at a meeting in Abu Dhabi, convened by the ...
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Effective regional integration demands ending protectionism

Effective regional integration demands ending protectionism

19 Mar 2014  News
Uhuru Kenyatta, the charismatic president of Kenya, is one of the most popular African figures on social media platforms. His 375,000 followers receive updates about his government...
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Why should the SADC EPA allow export taxes?

Why should the SADC EPA allow export taxes?

19 Mar 2014  News
Negotiations on the SADC EPA are close to completion, but to finalize the deal limitations on export taxes should be abandoned. An acrimonious battle on the issue will impose more ...
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Africa CEO Forum 2014: African Business leaders gather in Geneva

Africa CEO Forum 2014: African Business leaders gather in Geneva

19 Mar 2014  News
The AFRICA CEO FORUM 2014, one of the most important gathering of African business leaders taking place in Geneva from 17 to 19 March, has been officially opened. Organised by Gro...
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Time to modernise trade rules for digital era

Time to modernise trade rules for digital era

19 Mar 2014  News
In the past, nations with the best ships and ports were able to establish global trade leadership and the growth that came along with it. Today, global trade has gone digital. In ...
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Nigeria giving SA a run for its money

Nigeria giving SA a run for its money

18 Mar 2014  News
On March 31 Nigeria is going to shoot past South Africa to become the largest economy in Africa, says Peter Fabricius. GDP – Gross Domestic Product – has always seemed to be o...
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African connections

African connections

18 Mar 2014  News
Twenty years after joining COMESA, Egypt is still not making the best use of the opportunities the bloc offers, reports Samia Fakhri With a market of nearly 400 million people, to...
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Agriculture cornerstone of Southern Africa’s economy

Agriculture cornerstone of Southern Africa’s economy

18 Mar 2014  News
Although southern Africa’s growth has been driven by minerals and other natural resources, agriculture offers the greatest potential for transforming the Southern Africa’s econ...
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Chained value

Chained value

17 Mar 2014  News
The growth of multicountry manufacturing is changing how the world’s income and growth are generated The 787 Dreamliner, the latest aircraft produced by Boeing, is a well-known ...
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Azevêdo reports “excellent start” on efforts to put Doha Round back on track

Azevêdo reports “excellent start” on efforts to put Doha Round back on track

17 Mar 2014  News
Director-General Roberto Azevêdo reported to the General Council on 14 March 2014 that the chairs of the negotiating groups have completed the first round of consultations on...
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Boosting industrial devt through Free Trade Zones

Boosting industrial devt through Free Trade Zones

17 Mar 2014  News
Revamping ailing economies presents huge challenges of industrialisation. Development of Free Trade Zones remains an attractive option, writes George Okojie. Proliferation of Free...
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SA ‘non-tariff barriers’ stifling intra-SADC trade – Fundanga

SA ‘non-tariff barriers’ stifling intra-SADC trade – Fundanga

14 Mar 2014  News
South Africa’s unfair trading practices are frustrating a diversified intra-regional trade in SADC, says Dr Caleb Fundanga. Making a presentation at a Consumer Unit Trust Societ...
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The impact of Infant Industry Protection on competition in Namibia

The impact of Infant Industry Protection on competition in Namibia

14 Mar 2014  News
Recent reports have pointed to concerns over increases on consumer prices of basic foodstuffs and commodities, such as poultry, meat and dairy. Some critics have blamed this on the...
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Science, ICT critical to Africa’s future – Kagame

Science, ICT critical to Africa’s future – Kagame

14 Mar 2014  News
The importance of science, technology, research and innovation in shaping the socio-economic transformation of nations cannot be overstated, President Paul Kagame has said. In sub...
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Appeal for single African passport

Appeal for single African passport

13 Mar 2014  News
A Ghanian MP at the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) gathering in Midrand, South Africa yesterday mooted the idea of launching a common African passport to boost the integration of all...
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Revised WTO Agreement on Government Procurement to come into force on 6 April 2014

Revised WTO Agreement on Government Procurement to come into force on 6 April 2014

13 Mar 2014  News
The revised WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) will come into force on 6 April 2014, effectively two years from the date on which the Protocol amending the Agreement was...
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