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Africa well on its way to being an FDI hotspot

Africa well on its way to being an FDI hotspot

23 Jul 2014
Africa has moved from third-last to become the second-most attractive investment destination in just four years from 2011 to this year, according to EY’s Africa Attractiveness Su...
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Azevêdo launches new WTO Facility to deliver support to LDCs and developing countries

Azevêdo launches new WTO Facility to deliver support to LDCs and developing countries

23 Jul 2014
International organizations pledge their support for implementing Trade Facilitation Agreement A new initiative unveiled at the WTO on 22 July 2014 will help developing countries ...
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Be open in natural gas income, advises IMF

Be open in natural gas income, advises IMF

23 Jul 2014
Tanzania will start benefiting from potential natural gas revenues in the next few years but the International Monetary Fund (IMF) wants the country to spend the money transparentl...
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Budget Vote speech by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, H.E. Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

Budget Vote speech by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, H.E. Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

23 Jul 2014
Our membership of BRICS is stronger than before! We were there at the Summit in Sanya, China, when the vision document of BRICS was crafted and adopted. We were in New Delhi, India...
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Zambia plans five new railway lines to boost trade and cut costs

Zambia plans five new railway lines to boost trade and cut costs

23 Jul 2014
Zambia is planning to build five new railway lines to link its mining provinces to all regional trade corridors, in the landlocked nation’s latest drive to boost its inadequate i...
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BRICS Trade and Investment Facilitation Plan

BRICS Trade and Investment Facilitation Plan

22 Jul 2014
1. Introduction 1.1. Trade and investment are two priority areas of cooperation emphasized in the BRICS Trade and Investment Cooperation Framework. Trade Ministers endorsed this F...
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EU-US trade – latest round of talks on transatlantic trade pact ends in Brussels

EU-US trade – latest round of talks on transatlantic trade pact ends in Brussels

22 Jul 2014
EU and US officials today [18 July 2014] ended a sixth round of week-long negotiations in Brussels on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a new trade and inv...
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Africa is balking at a chance to let trade go viral

Africa is balking at a chance to let trade go viral

22 Jul 2014
If only African borders were as porous to trade as they are to Ebola. The latest epidemic of the deadly virus is out of control. It spread from its origins in Guinea, killing at le...
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Davies to fight citrus ban

Davies to fight citrus ban

22 Jul 2014
South Africa near a European citrus imports ban. Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies on Monday vowed to fight tooth and nail to avert a possible European ban on citrus imports ...
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Tanzania’s trade deficit widens 24 per cent

Tanzania’s trade deficit widens 24 per cent

22 Jul 2014
Tanzania’s current account deficit – meaning that the country’s economy is functioning on borrowed means – widened by 24 per cent in the year ending June 2014 a...
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Ocean can contribute R177bn to GDP – Zuma

Ocean can contribute R177bn to GDP – Zuma

22 Jul 2014
President Jacob Zuma on Saturday announced plans to explore parts of the ocean to find economic potential that could contribute to the country’s gross domestic product....
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COSATU calls on the Department of Trade and Industry to be firm on export taxes

COSATU calls on the Department of Trade and Industry to be firm on export taxes

22 Jul 2014
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has noted that the Department of Trade and Industry is reported to have refused to include the prohibition of export taxes in th...
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The EU’s EPA negotiations with the Southern African Development Community (SADC): July 2014 update

The EU’s EPA negotiations with the Southern African Development Community (SADC): July 2014 update

21 Jul 2014
Current status On 15 July 2014 the EPA negotiations were successfully concluded in South Africa. This ended ten years of negotiations and produced an Agreement that ...
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The DA welcomes the conclusion of the EU EPA negotiations

The DA welcomes the conclusion of the EU EPA negotiations

21 Jul 2014
The Democratic Alliance welcomes the conclusion of the Economic Partnership Agreement between the SADC EPA group and European Union (EU). With the agreement now making its way to ...
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Tripartite acts to ease movement of business people

Tripartite acts to ease movement of business people

21 Jul 2014
The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) have begun working towards facilit...
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DDG Agah notes no acceleration of new restrictions, urges more trade transparency

DDG Agah notes no acceleration of new restrictions, urges more trade transparency

21 Jul 2014
Deputy Director-General Yonov Frederick Agah, in presenting the Director-General’s report on trade-related developments (mid-November 2013 to mid-May 2014) to the Trade Policy Re...
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The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: A focus on Foreign Direct Investment

The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: A focus on Foreign Direct Investment

21 Jul 2014
The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit blog series is a collection of posts discussing efforts to strengthen ties between the United States and Africa ahead of the first continen...
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Ejime: ECOWAS on path to regional integration

Ejime: ECOWAS on path to regional integration

21 Jul 2014
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Africa’s flagship Regional Economic Community, deserves credit for surviving myriad political, security and socio-economic...
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Concerns mount over India’s stance on global trade pact

Concerns mount over India’s stance on global trade pact

21 Jul 2014
Eleventh hour negotiations to win Indian approval for a breakthrough global trade pact may not have succeeded in the end despite initial signs of progress, sources involved in the ...
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Speech by Namibian Trade Minister to Parliament on EPAs

Speech by Namibian Trade Minister to Parliament on EPAs

18 Jul 2014
Statement by C.H.G. Schlettwein Minister of Trade and Industry 16 July 2014 Hon. Speaker Hon. Members I rise to provide an update on the negotiations between Namibia and the E...
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