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Can Africa make it?

Can Africa make it?

04 Mar 2014  News
Without strong industries to create jobs and add value to raw materials, African countries risk remaining shackled by joblessness and poverty. Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana produce 5...
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UN Group Chairs outline priorities for Sustainable Development Goals

UN Group Chairs outline priorities for Sustainable Development Goals

04 Mar 2014  News
The co-chairs of a UN group tasked with drafting a blueprint for sustainable development goals (SDGs) released a list of 19 focus areas on Friday, following a year of discussions. ...
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The great China ‘takeover’ of Africa is greatly exaggerated

The great China ‘takeover’ of Africa is greatly exaggerated

04 Mar 2014  News
Investors from South Korea to Brazil and from India to South Africa are the new kids on the African block. Nor have old investors like the US, UK, France and Australia pulled out. ...
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African Ministers call for increased employment impact of infrastructure investments

African Ministers call for increased employment impact of infrastructure investments

04 Mar 2014  News
Ministers gathered at the 15th Regional Seminar of Labour-based Practitioners in Yaoundé called for increased participation of local enterprises and people in infrastructure devel...
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Next IPAP version drafted, says Minister Davies

Next IPAP version drafted, says Minister Davies

04 Mar 2014  News
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies says a draft of the next iteration of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) has been prepared. Minister Davies was addressing a post S...
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Japan, U.S. should cooperate to stop TPP talks from drifting

Japan, U.S. should cooperate to stop TPP talks from drifting

28 Feb 2014  News
Ministerial talks for the Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral economic partnership agreement once again failed to reach a basic agreement, mainly due to a confrontation between ...
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SACU revenue dependence raises concerns

SACU revenue dependence raises concerns

28 Feb 2014  News
A financial analyst has expressed concern about about Namibia’s reliance on revenue from the Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU), saying the government needs to diversify its so...
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Africa group COMESA ‘encouraged’ with regional trade cooperation

Africa group COMESA ‘encouraged’ with regional trade cooperation

28 Feb 2014  News
A senior official at the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) says the organization is encouraged by an agreement between heads of state from Uganda, the Democrat...
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World Bank to help map Africa’s mineral resources

World Bank to help map Africa’s mineral resources

27 Feb 2014  News
There may be a trillion dollars worth of minerals buried underneath the African continent – but information on those resources remains in many cases unknown, unmapped or otherwis...
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BRICS to set up their bank within five years, progress slow – Russia

BRICS to set up their bank within five years, progress slow – Russia

27 Feb 2014  News
The BRICS bloc of emerging economies will set up its development bank with a total capital of $100 billion within five years, but member countries still haven’t agreed on their s...
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Boosting trade with Africa

Boosting trade with Africa

27 Feb 2014  News
New measures aim to encourage trade and promote SA as an African investment hub We all know the stories of Shoprite, MTN and Game’s growing presence on the African continent. Bu...
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Tanzania: Talks on Agoa extension going on well – Kigoda

Tanzania: Talks on Agoa extension going on well – Kigoda

27 Feb 2014  News
The government has said that talks on its request to have the US government extend the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) are progressing well. Speaking in an exclusive int...
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Ministers of Finance and Trade endorse compromises for concluding EPA negotiations

Ministers of Finance and Trade endorse compromises for concluding EPA negotiations

26 Feb 2014  News
West Africa’s ministers of finance and trade have adopted the compromise proposals for concluding the decade long negotiations of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with th...
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Ambitious structural reforms can pave the return to strong and sustainable growth, OECD says

Ambitious structural reforms can pave the return to strong and sustainable growth, OECD says

26 Feb 2014  News
Adopting ambitious and comprehensive structural reform agendas will offer governments the best chance for a return to strong, sustainable and balanced economic growth that creates ...
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SA farmers cough up to keep black spot out of EU

SA farmers cough up to keep black spot out of EU

26 Feb 2014  News
Complying with the requirements to export citrus fruit to the lucrative EU market had cost the local industry as much as R1 billion in the past year, Justin Chadwick, the chief exe...
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Dti promotes SA at investment initiative in India

Dti promotes SA at investment initiative in India

25 Feb 2014  News
Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe will today lead a 40-member business delegation to India for the fifth annual Investment and Trade Initiative (ITI). The ITI ...
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Harnessing Africa’s emerging partnership

Harnessing Africa’s emerging partnership

25 Feb 2014  News
For most of the post-independence period, Africa’s commercial and development partnerships have been largely dominated by Western Europe, the United States and Canada. For many A...
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USA to Swaziland: ‘Fully’ comply or lose AGOA

USA to Swaziland: ‘Fully’ comply or lose AGOA

25 Feb 2014  News
The message from the Americans is loud and clear: Swaziland has to ‘fully’ comply with five conditions or lose their eligibility to participate in the Africa Growth Opportunity...
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DEAD AID: Why TRADE facilitation is necessary but not AID

DEAD AID: Why TRADE facilitation is necessary but not AID

24 Feb 2014  News
Indeed to release the potential of Africa, there is the need to develop means to facilitate trade across the borders and this means major investments in transport infrastructure in...
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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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