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Membership to several blocs hurts trade in EAC – expert

Membership to several blocs hurts trade in EAC – expert

24 Feb 2014  News
Overlapping membership in several trade areas is impeding “free circulation of goods” within the East African Community-members states, a regional integration and trade expert ...
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G20 finance ministers agree global growth target of two percentage points

G20 finance ministers agree global growth target of two percentage points

24 Feb 2014  News
Ministers fail to outline a clear plan to achieve the target – which amounts to about $2tn – or consequences for missing it The G20 nations will aim to increase global growth ...
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Rob Davies on the Special Economic Zones Bill 2013

Rob Davies on the Special Economic Zones Bill 2013

21 Feb 2014  News
Address by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), on the Special Economic Zones Bill 2013 18 February 2014 The Special Eco...
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Kenya to lose export edge if new EPA delays, says EU

Kenya to lose export edge if new EPA delays, says EU

21 Feb 2014  News
Kenya could lose more than other East African Community member states if the trade bloc does not sign a new Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union. The EU delegati...
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China-Africa trade exceeds $200 billion

China-Africa trade exceeds $200 billion

21 Feb 2014  News
China-Africa trade totaled more than $200 billion last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Thursday, highlighting the Asian powerhouse’s burgeoning trade and investment ties ...
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South Africa, Africa and International Investment Agreements

South Africa, Africa and International Investment Agreements

20 Feb 2014  News
Remarks by Dr Rob Davies at the Centre for Conflict Studies Public Dialogue Cape Town, 17 February 2014 At the outset, let me thank the Centre for Conflict Studies and its Direct...
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Five questions answered on Africa’s rising economic growth

Five questions answered on Africa’s rising economic growth

19 Feb 2014  News
There has been a lot of talk about Africa’s rising economic prosperity and whether it is sustainable and deeply rooted in reducing extreme poverty across the continent. So, I sat...
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Technical officials discuss EAC-USA Trade and Investment Partnership in Bujumbura

Technical officials discuss EAC-USA Trade and Investment Partnership in Bujumbura

19 Feb 2014  News
Technical Officials from the East African Community (EAC) and the United States (U.S.) met 12 to 15 February 2014 in Bujumbura, Burundi to discuss Trade Africa and the EAC – U.S....
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Azevêdo’s health-check on global trade: Growth recovering but restrictions on the rise

Azevêdo’s health-check on global trade: Growth recovering but restrictions on the rise

19 Feb 2014  News
Director-General Roberto Azevêdo, in presenting his first global trade-monitoring report to WTO members on 17 February 2014, said that trade growth projections for this year are ...
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11th Regional Meeting of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly concludes in Mauritius

11th Regional Meeting of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly concludes in Mauritius

18 Feb 2014  News
The 11th Regional Meeting of the African Caribbean Pacific-European Union (ACP-EU) Joint Parliamentary Assembly has ended with delegates rallying for the harmonization and rat...
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India to develop people-centred technology with BRICS partners

India to develop people-centred technology with BRICS partners

18 Feb 2014  News
India will collaborate with the four other BRICS countries in science and technology to generate new knowledge and develop innovative products, services and processes, critical to ...
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China and Africa must redefine new terms of engagement

China and Africa must redefine new terms of engagement

18 Feb 2014  News
In Africa, exports are booming and export markets have become more diversified. Foreign direct investments have increased by a factor of six over the past decade. Private entrepre...
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SMEs: Key players in regional integration

SMEs: Key players in regional integration

17 Feb 2014  News
The push towards regional integration in eastern and southern Africa depends on a number of factors. One important factor is ensuring that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are f...
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Resource nationalisation ‘risks breaking global trade rules’

Resource nationalisation ‘risks breaking global trade rules’

17 Feb 2014  News
Governments of resource-rich countries have to take care in pursuing higher taxes and rents on mining companies as they risk flouting international trade rules, the Mining Indaba i...
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AGOA: Free-trade deal on the line

AGOA: Free-trade deal on the line

17 Feb 2014  News
US poultry producers are lobbying their government to withdraw South Africa’s duty-free access in retaliation for anti-dumping duties, which they say are unfair. South Africa en...
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UN labour agency calls for major investment in rural Africa as key to prosperity

UN labour agency calls for major investment in rural Africa as key to prosperity

14 Feb 2014  News
Rural development is key to Africa’s prosperity, yet it has been undervalued by Governments, international lenders and policy advisers, the UN International Labour Organization (...
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Private sector urged to buy local

Private sector urged to buy local

14 Feb 2014  News
Trade and Industry Minister, Dr Rob Davies, says the private sector should join government’s move towards buying locally produced goods to stimulate domestic economic growth. Sp...
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New report provides blueprint to close infrastructure financing gap

New report provides blueprint to close infrastructure financing gap

14 Feb 2014  News
The importance of infrastructure as a key driver of growth, competitiveness and social well-being is well established. Yet, as highlighted in the World Economic Forum’s new repor...
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Trade policies and regional integration in Africa

Trade policies and regional integration in Africa

13 Feb 2014  News
To address the challenges impeding the flow of goods and services within the continent, policy makers must employ strategies that would strengthen Africa’s infrastructure develop...
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Namibia expects to miss deadline for renewing Europe trade deal

Namibia expects to miss deadline for renewing Europe trade deal

13 Feb 2014  News
Namibia said it won’t be able to renew a trade deal with the European Union by the time an existing agreement expires in October because the 28-nation bloc is inflexible over foo...
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