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Ethiopia stumbles on WTO accession

Ethiopia stumbles on WTO accession

16 Jan 2014  News
Ethiopia will not be ready to open up financial and other essential sectors to gain World Trade Organization (WTO) accession until 2015, according to the Ministry of Trade. This i...
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Diluting foreign investors’ protection makes no sense

Diluting foreign investors’ protection makes no sense

16 Jan 2014  News
The Department of Trade and Industry has had a veritable bee in its bonnet about the 46 bilateral investment treaties (BITs) that the Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki administrations...
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EAC issues SQMT regulations to facilitate regional trade

EAC issues SQMT regulations to facilitate regional trade

15 Jan 2014  News
The East African Community has issued regulations to enhance the operationalization of the EAC Standardization, Quality Assurance, Metrology and Testing Act (SQMT) of 2006. The SQM...
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BRICS pack a good initiative by emerging nations: Joseph Stiglitz

BRICS pack a good initiative by emerging nations: Joseph Stiglitz

15 Jan 2014  News
Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz today said the creation of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) was a good initiative by emerging market economies as they have reso...
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Angola’s national director for trade calls for quotas on imports of food and drink

Angola’s national director for trade calls for quotas on imports of food and drink

15 Jan 2014  News
The national director for Foreign Trade of the Angolan Trade Ministry, Adriano Martins, in an interview with Angolan National Radio called for the introduction of quotas on the imp...
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Zimbabwe’s massive diamond fields discovery to bring billions

Zimbabwe’s massive diamond fields discovery to bring billions

14 Jan 2014  News
Zimbabwe says it has discovered new diamond fields ‘almost the size of Swaziland’ and expects to realise billions of dollars from mining activities. The announcement at the we...
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Mint condition: countries tipped as the next economic powerhouses

Mint condition: countries tipped as the next economic powerhouses

14 Jan 2014  News
Forget the Brics and the Civets, Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey are the new kids on the bloc according to economists Meet the Mints: Mexico | Indonesia | Nigeria | Turkey ...
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India-Africa to work towards securing bilateral ties

India-Africa to work towards securing bilateral ties

14 Jan 2014  News
Entering 2014, the year that will see the hosting here of the Third India-Africa Forum Summit, the focus will be on the key element of maritime security cooperation between the nei...
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COMESA: Regional market under siege

COMESA: Regional market under siege

13 Jan 2014  News
It is generally agreed amongst the international community, at least in principle, that liberalisation of trade and allowing the free movement of goods, services and people, among ...
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Is 2014 the Transatlantic trade deal’s ‘make-or-break’ year?

Is 2014 the Transatlantic trade deal’s ‘make-or-break’ year?

13 Jan 2014  News
Arguably the most important economic development last year was the announcement of a new push toward a trade deal between the United States and the EU. Almost a year after Presiden...
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New partners in Africa: How can African countries even the playing field?

New partners in Africa: How can African countries even the playing field?

13 Jan 2014  News
Africa has seen a dramatic rise in engagement with emerging market economies. In 2012, China’s value of African trade topped $220 billion. African exports to and from India grew ...
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The next challenge: Implementing a new U.S.-Africa policy

The next challenge: Implementing a new U.S.-Africa policy

10 Jan 2014  News
2013 ushered in the most significant change in the United States’ Africa policy since the passing of PEPFAR 10 years ago. The unveiling of investment-focused initiatives – Powe...
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Will there be an African Economic Community?

Will there be an African Economic Community?

10 Jan 2014  News
Today, before the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, Africa Growth Initiative (AGI) Se...
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Free Trade Area panacea to Africa’s economic woes

Free Trade Area panacea to Africa’s economic woes

10 Jan 2014  News
Little economic grounding dictates that markets for products play a critical role in growing any economy, itself a key prerequisite for enhancing the livelihoods of communities. As...
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Global trade talks host injustice

Global trade talks host injustice

10 Jan 2014  News
For developing countries, it seems, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Despite all the talk of global power shifts and the rise of emerging economies, global trad...
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Specialisation: An intuitively wrong approach

Specialisation: An intuitively wrong approach

09 Jan 2014  News
Some ideas are intuitive. Others sound so obvious after they are expressed that it is hard to deny their truth. They are powerful, because they have many non-obvious implications. ...
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Despite legal attacks, conflict minerals ban gets stronger

Despite legal attacks, conflict minerals ban gets stronger

09 Jan 2014  News
Major manufacturing and business groups on Tuesday urged a court here to roll back a new U.S. regulation that would soon require major manufacturers to ensure that their global sup...
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Don’t rush into EAC Monetary Union – Lagarde

Don’t rush into EAC Monetary Union – Lagarde

09 Jan 2014  News
Visiting International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde is now warning Kenya against rushing to implement the East African Community Monetary Union. Speakin...
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EAC drafts $83.6m blueprint to promote exports

EAC drafts $83.6m blueprint to promote exports

08 Jan 2014  News
The East African Community has drafted a new blueprint to guide its efforts to market the region as a single source of exports. The EAC Export Promotion Strategy 2013-2017 is read...
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Tripartite Free Trade Area to become a reality

Tripartite Free Trade Area to become a reality

08 Jan 2014  News
Three regional economic communities in Africa are expected to sign an agreement in 2014 to establish an enlarged market covering 26 countries in eastern and southern Africa. The ...
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