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Azevêdo warns against revisiting Bali decisions

Azevêdo warns against revisiting Bali decisions

27 Jun 2014  News
Director-General Roberto Azevêdo, at the Trade Negotiations Committee meeting on 25 June 2014, noted concerns about efforts by some delegations to revisit the Trade Facilitation A...
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‘Bilateral trade between Nigeria/Britain to exceed £8bn target this year’

‘Bilateral trade between Nigeria/Britain to exceed £8bn target this year’

27 Jun 2014  News
The Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) says it expects bilateral trade between both nations to exceed its targets this year. Prime Minister David Cameron and President Go...
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Tanzania restricts sugar imports

Tanzania restricts sugar imports

26 Jun 2014  News
Tanzania is expected to release a policy on sugar importation this July that will be aimed at protecting sugar companies in the country as well as ensuring that local sugar compani...
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India should seal trade pact with EU

India should seal trade pact with EU

26 Jun 2014  News
It will be a win-win deal. The crux, of course, is for the Government to make it happen Despite several rounds of the negotiations which started in 2007, the proposed EU-India...
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TTIP and the Investment Dimension: What is the state of play?

TTIP and the Investment Dimension: What is the state of play?

26 Jun 2014  News
Speech by Karel De Gucht, European Commissioner for Trade British American Business Event London, 24 June 2014 Ladies and gentlemen, We are meeting in an impressive place ...
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Progress and Pitfalls: Development Policy Forum Africa Summit

Progress and Pitfalls: Development Policy Forum Africa Summit

25 Jun 2014  News
Speech by Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development, at the Friends of Europe’s Development Policy Forum (DPF) annual Africa Summit entitled ‘Africa: Progress and ...
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Government approves R200-million grant for the Southern African Sustainable Textile and Apparel Cluster (SASTAC)

Government approves R200-million grant for the Southern African Sustainable Textile and Apparel Cluster (SASTAC)

25 Jun 2014  News
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) has approved a R200-million Grant Fund and a 5-Year Plan for the establishment of a National Cluster to leapfrog local industry's com...
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New Trade Facilitation Programme underway for Customs

New Trade Facilitation Programme underway for Customs

25 Jun 2014  News
The World Customs Organisation (WCO) has announced that a new trade facilitation model, which will be open to all member countries, including Nigeria, would soon be unveiled. The ...
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Schlettwein wants BIPA law promulgated this year

Schlettwein wants BIPA law promulgated this year

24 Jun 2014  News
The draft bill on establishing the Business and Intellectual Property Authority (BIPA) is already before the Cabinet Committee on Legislation, said Minister of Trade and Industry, ...
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UNCTAD Trade and Development Board, 59th executive session (Africa)

UNCTAD Trade and Development Board, 59th executive session (Africa)

24 Jun 2014  News
The fifty-ninth executive session of the Trade and Development Board will be held on 23-25 June 2014 in Room XXVI of the Palais des Nations, Geneva. A report on UNCTAD’s activit...
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Walmart puts faith in SA’s future

Walmart puts faith in SA’s future

24 Jun 2014  News
Spending a week recently in the US city of Bentonville, Arkansas, to attend Walmart’s shareholders’ meetings, underscored why the company’s investment in South Africa three y...
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Igniting agricultural growth and transformation in Africa

Igniting agricultural growth and transformation in Africa

23 Jun 2014  News
At the African Union (AU) summit in Maputo, Mozambique in 2003, African Heads of State and Government made a resolute and resounding commitment to tackle food insecurity and to acc...
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Argentina once more on the map, invited by BRICS

Argentina once more on the map, invited by BRICS

23 Jun 2014  News
As Argentina starts to mend fences with the international financial markets, the emerging powers that make up the BRICS bloc invited it to their next summit. This could be a step t...
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Rules to raise value of regional trade

Rules to raise value of regional trade

23 Jun 2014  News
The value of East African Community intra-regional trade is set to rise following the review of the cross-border passage rules of origin on export goods originating from the part...
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UN Climate Talks shift to negotiating mode toward 2015 deal

UN Climate Talks shift to negotiating mode toward 2015 deal

20 Jun 2014  News
The latest round of UN climate talks saw countries move into negotiating mode on some of the substantive details that will need to be hammered out over the next 18 months in order ...
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New rules of origin to boost regional trade

New rules of origin to boost regional trade

20 Jun 2014  News
Regional trade and the logistics industry could be boosted further following the revision of the rules of origin on exports originating from the East African Community bloc. Accor...
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SA fails to clarify its domestic and foreign polices

SA fails to clarify its domestic and foreign polices

20 Jun 2014  News
Though Africa is rhetorically South Africa’s first foreign policy priority, in reality it runs a poor second to the rest of Brics (Brazil, Russia, India and China), the former Bu...
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Azevêdo reports trade restrictions down slightly, urges G-20 leadership on post-Bali agenda

Azevêdo reports trade restrictions down slightly, urges G-20 leadership on post-Bali agenda

19 Jun 2014  News
The WTO’s report on G-20 trade measures, issued on 18 June 2014, said that “G-20 members put in place 112 new trade restrictive measures during the period mid November 2013 to ...
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Hailing 50 years of UN work on trade and development, Ban looks to the challenges ahead

Hailing 50 years of UN work on trade and development, Ban looks to the challenges ahead

19 Jun 2014  News
Arriving in Geneva to mark the 50th anniversary of the United Nations body that promotes international trade to fight poverty, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today th...
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China to nix rare earth export restrictions following WTO ruling

China to nix rare earth export restrictions following WTO ruling

19 Jun 2014  News
China is said to be planning to get rid of strict export quotas and duties on certain rare earth elements, media reports indicated late last week. The rumoured move comes shortly a...
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