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It’s not just money that is needed – Using a bundled approach to increase productivity in the AU’s Year of Agriculture

It’s not just money that is needed – Using a bundled approach to increase productivity in the AU’s Year of Agriculture

31 Jan 2014  News
The majority of people in Africa are engaged in the same profession: farming. Most of these individuals are small-holder farmers with fewer than 5 acres of land and little access t...
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South Africa, pharmaceutical industry face off on patent reform

South Africa, pharmaceutical industry face off on patent reform

31 Jan 2014  News
South Africa’s efforts to reform its intellectual property (IP) regime in order to improve access to medicines has sparked a firestorm in recent weeks, with major pharmaceutical ...
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Obama presses for “fast track” trade powers, climate action

Obama presses for “fast track” trade powers, climate action

31 Jan 2014  News
US President Barack Obama made a public call on Tuesday for Congress to pass “fast track” trade powers, as part of a larger effort to advance ongoing negotiations with the EU a...
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Risk perceptions hurting investments in Africa

Risk perceptions hurting investments in Africa

31 Jan 2014  News
At the 30th Session of NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee meeting ahead of the AU Summit the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa sai...
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The AU Summit and 10 years of agriculture

The AU Summit and 10 years of agriculture

30 Jan 2014  News
The 22nd African Union Summit began on Tuesday, 21 January 21 in Addis Ababa with the 27th ordinary session of the AU’s Permanent Representative’s Committee, chaired by Ethiopi...
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Deal signed for Asia Africa Europe cable system

Deal signed for Asia Africa Europe cable system

30 Jan 2014  News
Seventeen telecommunications companies have signed a construction and maintenance agreement for the planned Asia Africa Europe-1 (AAE-1) cable system. The cable will interconnect ...
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South Africa was continent’s top FDI recipient in 2013

South Africa was continent’s top FDI recipient in 2013

30 Jan 2014  News
Foreign direct investment flows to Africa increased nearly 7 percent to an estimated $56 billion last year, nearly a fifth of which went to top recipient South Africa, a United Nat...
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African countries need united action on infrastructure development – AU chairperson

African countries need united action on infrastructure development – AU chairperson

30 Jan 2014  News
AU Commission Deputy Chairperson, Erastus Mwencha, on Tuesday called on African countries to unite in implementing the continent’s approved programme for infrastructure developme...
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Africa and India cultivate agricultural research ties

Africa and India cultivate agricultural research ties

29 Jan 2014  News
Africa and India are gearing up to further enhance cooperation in agricultural science, technology and innovation, and move beyond dialogue to a range of practical options from a v...
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Azevêdo calls Bali “a leap forward in favour of developing countries”

Azevêdo calls Bali “a leap forward in favour of developing countries”

29 Jan 2014  News
Director-General Roberto Azevêdo, in a speech at the Confederation of Indian Industry Partnership Summit in Bangalore on 28 January 2014, said that “besides being a boost to the...
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“Africa needs to speak with one voice”, says Commissioner Fatima Haram Acyl

“Africa needs to speak with one voice”, says Commissioner Fatima Haram Acyl

29 Jan 2014  News
The Commissioner for Trade and Industry of the African Union, Mrs. Fatima Haram Acyl, gave an assessment of the role of existing African Union trade and industry frame works for th...
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AU urges Africa to deepen economic integration to eradicate poverty

AU urges Africa to deepen economic integration to eradicate poverty

28 Jan 2014  News
African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Monday called on Africa to deepen economic integration in order to eradicate widespread hunger and poverty on the con...
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WTO members gear up for trade facilitation deal

WTO members gear up for trade facilitation deal

28 Jan 2014  News
A number of World Trade Organization (WTO) members agreed on Saturday to step up efforts to implement a trade facilitation deal that could add US$1 trillion to the global economy. ...
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Rules and tools for Africa’s growth

Rules and tools for Africa’s growth

28 Jan 2014  News
After several decades in the shadows, Africa has entered the spotlight as one of the best investment destinations since the economic crisis of the West. The tone has changed from d...
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SD holds its breath

SD holds its breath

27 Jan 2014  News
This week, Swaziland will attend crunch talks on the revenue-sharing formula under the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) This week, Swaziland will attend crunch talks on the r...
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West Africa, EU to resume EPA negotiations

West Africa, EU to resume EPA negotiations

27 Jan 2014  News
West Africa and the European Union will resume their suspended Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations for the creation of a free trade before the end of January. This i...
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Circular economy can generate US$ 1 trillion annually by 2025

Circular economy can generate US$ 1 trillion annually by 2025

27 Jan 2014  News
Over US$1 trillion a year could be generated by 2025 for the global economy and 100,000 new jobs created within the next five years if companies focused on encouraging the build-up...
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EU-US trade and investment talks: Why they matter

EU-US trade and investment talks: Why they matter

24 Jan 2014  News
Talks to free up more trade and investment between the European Union and the United States got under way early in 2013. A good agreement in 2014 would be a positive thing, and not...
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Pooling of strengths vital for integration – Hon Kandie

Pooling of strengths vital for integration – Hon Kandie

24 Jan 2014  News
The Chair of the Council of Ministers, Hon Phyllis C. Kandie, has reiterated the need to collectively pool strengths together if the Community is to remain relevant in the fiercely...
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Africa’s billions that the poor won’t touch

Africa’s billions that the poor won’t touch

24 Jan 2014  News
With its two-trillion-dollar economy, recent discoveries of billions of dollars worth of minerals and oil, and the number of investment opportunities it has to offer global players...
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