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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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EAC states not ready for TRIPS, ask for extension

EAC states not ready for TRIPS, ask for extension

07 Mar 2013
The East African Community (EAC) partner states should ask the World Trade Organisation to unconditionally accord the Least Developed Group (LDC) an extension of the transition per...
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EU backs new transparency standards for investor-state dispute settlement

EU backs new transparency standards for investor-state dispute settlement

15 Feb 2013
The European Union supported new United Nations rules for greater transparency in disputes between investors and host countries. On Friday 8 February a United Nations Working Grou...
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State of the EAC: Bureaucratic delays, missed targets hurt integration

State of the EAC: Bureaucratic delays, missed targets hurt integration

10 Dec 2012
The decision by East African presidents on Friday, 30 November 2012 to postpone key issues – mainly the Monetary Union and admission of South Sudan and Somalia to the bloc – ha...
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Africa can feed itself, earn billions, and avoid food crises by unblocking regional food trade

Africa can feed itself, earn billions, and avoid food crises by unblocking regional food trade

26 Oct 2012
A new World Bank report says that Africa’s farmers can potentially grow enough food to feed the continent and avert future food crises if countries remove cross-border restrictio...
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