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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
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
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
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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Getting the export balance right

Getting the export balance right

13 Feb 2014
South Africa and Sweden have long-standing political and development connections, and linking up to find ways to monitor South Africa’s export competitiveness is the latest ventu...
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Azevêdo highlights role of academics in policymaking of developing countries

Azevêdo highlights role of academics in policymaking of developing countries

12 Feb 2014
Director-General Roberto Azevêdo, in launching the WTO book “Connecting to Global Markets” on 11 February 2014, said: “By demonstrating the contribution that the academic co...
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New Zealand gov’t blocks scrutiny of controversial TPP trade deal

New Zealand gov’t blocks scrutiny of controversial TPP trade deal

12 Feb 2014
The New Zealand government has blocked attempts to have the full text of the controversial 12-nation Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement released to Parliament before it is s...
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EAC single customs launch postponed to June

EAC single customs launch postponed to June

12 Feb 2014
Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda have postponed the single customs territory (SCT) roll-out, giving Burundi and Tanzania more time to prepare for the shift. East Africa Community (EAC) se...
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UAE at centre of multinationals’ shift towards Africa

UAE at centre of multinationals’ shift towards Africa

11 Feb 2014
The UAE is growing in popularity as a base for multinational companies serving the African market. Strong transport and logistics services combined with its geographic position be...
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Transparency needed to curb Africa’s loss of $38bn through trade mispricing

Transparency needed to curb Africa’s loss of $38bn through trade mispricing

11 Feb 2014
There has been a general improvement by several mining companies, as well as some governments and policy makers, concerning transparency in mining deals and taxation in Africa, acc...
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Namibia: 2013 Article IV Consultation – Staff Report

Namibia: 2013 Article IV Consultation – Staff Report

11 Feb 2014
On January 29, 2014, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with Namibia without a meeting. In concluding the ...
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China-Africa trade moves up

China-Africa trade moves up

11 Feb 2014
The nature of what Africa buys from China is slowly beginning to change While most of China’s imports from Africa continue to be energy products and resources, its exports to th...
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World needs policies for demand-led recovery from global financial crisis, argues UNCTAD study presented to G-20

World needs policies for demand-led recovery from global financial crisis, argues UNCTAD study presented to G-20

10 Feb 2014
Weaker global demand and not new trade barriers or supply-side difficulties are responsible for the slow growth in international trade, an UNCTAD study presented to a G-20 working ...
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TTIP talks ready to accelerate

TTIP talks ready to accelerate

10 Feb 2014
The U.S.-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks are ready to resume after a quiet time since the last meeting in mid-December. U.S. Trade Representative (US...
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Malawi: IMF Country Report No. 14/37

Malawi: IMF Country Report No. 14/37

10 Feb 2014
This paper focuses on Malawi’s Third and Fourth Reviews Under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) Arrangement. Donors have suspended some aid disbursements to Malawi in response t...
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Tourism in Africa is an untapped goldmine: report

Tourism in Africa is an untapped goldmine: report

07 Feb 2014
The future of tourism in Africa holds great potential, but its expansion and development depends on better transport infrastructure – including airline connections, roads and rai...
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Azevêdo urges members to make 2014 the year to implement Bali and put Doha back on track

Azevêdo urges members to make 2014 the year to implement Bali and put Doha back on track

07 Feb 2014
At the first meeting of WTO ambassadors after the 9th Ministerial Conference, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo told the Trade Negotiations Committee on 6 February that: “Bali re...
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India-SACU free trade agreement needs ‘fine-tuning’

India-SACU free trade agreement needs ‘fine-tuning’

07 Feb 2014
The increasing amount of trade between Namibia and India is expected to balloon even further once the India-Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Preferential Free Trade Agreement ...
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EU seals free trade deal with West Africa

EU seals free trade deal with West Africa

06 Feb 2014
Negotiators from West Africa and the EU have put pen to paper on a €42 billion-a-year free trade deal with the West African trade bloc after 10 years of haggling, but ongoing tal...
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Africans roast SA for lack of openness

Africans roast SA for lack of openness

06 Feb 2014
Frustration over Africa’s disparate tax, travel, investment and trading regimes boiled over yesterday as Chris Kirubi, a leading Kenyan businessman and one of the wealthiest peop...
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Greater competitiveness and regional integration critical for South Africa’s growth and opportunity

Greater competitiveness and regional integration critical for South Africa’s growth and opportunity

06 Feb 2014
Greater export competitiveness and deeper regional integration could help propel South Africa towards faster-growing exports, allowing it to achieve higher, more inclusive, job-int...
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