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UNCTAD releases new reports on developments in trade policy and trends in international merchandise trade

UNCTAD releases new reports on developments in trade policy and trends in international merchandise trade

27 Sep 2013
The new UNCTAD publication Key Statistics and Trends in Trade Policy seeks to provide a snapshot of recent and medium-term developments. The report is intended to serve ...
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COMESA Court of Justice rules that Mauritius breached the COMESA rules for the Free Trade Area

COMESA Court of Justice rules that Mauritius breached the COMESA rules for the Free Trade Area

18 Sep 2013
COMESA Court orders a refund of customs duties to a small company In a landmark case, the COMESA Court of Justice has decided that the Government of Mauritius, by imposing a custo...
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Export-led development is no longer viable, UNCTAD says – economies will perform better with more balanced strategies

Export-led development is no longer viable, UNCTAD says – economies will perform better with more balanced strategies

13 Sep 2013
Developing and transition economies need to move towards more balanced growth and give a greater role to domestic demand in their development strategies, a new UNCTAD report conten...
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Institutions and innovation increasingly important for competitiveness

Institutions and innovation increasingly important for competitiveness

05 Sep 2013
Excellent innovation and strong institutional environments are increasingly influencing economies’ competitiveness, according to The Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014, whic...
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A renewed global partnership for Africa

A renewed global partnership for Africa

16 Aug 2013
Between 2000 and 2009, eleven African countries grew at an annual rate of 7% or more, sufficient enough to double their economies in ten years. Because Africa’s collective GDP of...
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Regional integration tops council of ministers meeting

Regional integration tops council of ministers meeting

14 Aug 2013
The implementation of the regional integration process of the member States of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and financial situation will top the meeting agenda...
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Full agenda for 33rd SADC summit in Malawi

Full agenda for 33rd SADC summit in Malawi

12 Aug 2013
The SADC Heads of State and Government Summit set for Lilongwe, Malawi this week will deliberate on a wide range of regional issues including the appointment of a new leadership fo...
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Post 2015 Report launched with calls for a bold agenda for Africa

Post 2015 Report launched with calls for a bold agenda for Africa

09 Aug 2013
During the launch of the high level panel of the post-2015 global agenda, held at the UN Conference Centre today in Addis Ababa, Mr. Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of the Econom...
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Africa’s Agenda 2063 to help address the Continent’s new growth challenges

Africa’s Agenda 2063 to help address the Continent’s new growth challenges

31 Jul 2013
Amidst the new sense of optimism found in Africa’s new natural resources discoveries, rapid urbanisation and increased regional integration, the tripartite partnership of the Afr...
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Shift from traditional approach to integration to ‘developmental regionalism’, report urges

Shift from traditional approach to integration to ‘developmental regionalism’, report urges

12 Jul 2013
The Economic Development in Africa Report 2013, subtitled “Intra-African Trade: Unlocking Private Sector Dynamism”, says that efforts to date to spur jointly reinforcing e...
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Obama plan to electrify Africa offers a “new model” of aid

Obama plan to electrify Africa offers a “new model” of aid

03 Jul 2013
During an eight-day trip to Africa, President Barack Obama unveiled an ambitious plan to improve access to electricity across the continent, a move the White House says is designed...
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Disconnected: African markets remain fragmented and inefficient

Disconnected: African markets remain fragmented and inefficient

03 Jul 2013
Africa has over the years been unable to boost internal commerce due to countries’ low level of connectedness, despite the existence of abundant empirical evidence showing that i...
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World Bank formally urged to overhaul ‘Doing Business’ Report

World Bank formally urged to overhaul ‘Doing Business’ Report

26 Jun 2013
An external review panel is calling on the World Bank to institute sweeping reforms to its widely cited annual “Doing Business” report, including doing away with a controversia...
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Africa’s positive Aid for Trade trends; more needed to overcome constraints

Africa’s positive Aid for Trade trends; more needed to overcome constraints

17 Jun 2013
Although Aid for Trade in Africa is starting to show results, interventions are urgently needed to overcome the short and long term constraints this was the key message by the Econ...
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AU official urges member states to pursue continental integration

AU official urges member states to pursue continental integration

22 May 2013
Member states of the African Union (AU) and political leaders must muster political will to surrender part of their sovereignty over trade, economic and financial issues to regiona...
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Africa faces the devil’s choice amidst huge natural resources

Africa faces the devil’s choice amidst huge natural resources

13 May 2013
The leaders of Africa, the world’s poorest continent in terms of economy but richly endowed in natural resources are facing the devil’s choice: to either invest their natural r...
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Regional integration key to Africa’s future competitiveness

Regional integration key to Africa’s future competitiveness

10 May 2013
The strides made by African economies in achieving economic growth must be accompanied by efforts to boost long-term competitiveness if the continent is to ensure sustainable impro...
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Africa must boost commodity-based industrialization to grow economy, end poverty, says ERA 2013

Africa must boost commodity-based industrialization to grow economy, end poverty, says ERA 2013

28 Mar 2013
African countries have an opportunity to transform their economies through a commodity-based industrialization strategy that leverages the continent’s abundant resources, current...
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BRICS membership opens opportunities

BRICS membership opens opportunities

26 Mar 2013
This week the heads of state of four of the largest economies in the world – collectively representing a fifth of global gross domestic product (GDP) – arrive in Durban for the...
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SA in BRICS – Are we making the most of it?

SA in BRICS – Are we making the most of it?

15 Mar 2013
The BRICS bloc wants deeper trade and investment ties to underpin its alliance. Troye Lund assesses whether the five members have moved beyond being a loose political gro...
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