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Revised WTO Agreement on Government Procurement enters into force

Revised WTO Agreement on Government Procurement enters into force

08 Apr 2014
The revised WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) entered into force on 6 April 2014, some two years after the Protocol amending the Agreement was originally adopted. ...
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Obama’s African trade problem

Obama’s African trade problem

08 Apr 2014
An important trade agreement with Africa is causing headaches for the administration. With the first ever U.S.-Africa Head of State Summit inching closer by the day, the Obam...
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Global perceptions key to competitiveness and foreign investment

Global perceptions key to competitiveness and foreign investment

07 Apr 2014
Creating a favourable global perception of South Africa can go a long way to attracting foreign direct investment. As a result, government stakeholders would like to broaden the co...
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On bumpy roads and rails

On bumpy roads and rails

07 Apr 2014
Unprecedented investments in Africa’s ground transpor-tation are hardly enough. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which sprawls over 905,000 square miles, is the ...
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New era as one-stop-post starts at Tanzania and Kenya border

New era as one-stop-post starts at Tanzania and Kenya border

07 Apr 2014
One-Stop-Border Post (OSBP) means placing border officials of two adjoining countries at each other’s adjoining border post so that each border post controls only the traffi...
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EU, Africa shift focus to trade

EU, Africa shift focus to trade

04 Apr 2014
Trade, security and migration top the agenda at biggest summit ever staged by the EU. Africa and the European Union have agreed that “it is time for a fundamental shift from aid...
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Competitiveness and economic transformation – Africa’s imperative

Competitiveness and economic transformation – Africa’s imperative

04 Apr 2014
Africa has recorded robust economic growth since 2001 with average gross domestic product (GDP) of 6.0 per cent that has outpaced the rest of the world, with potential for sus...
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Negotiations on the Tripartite Free Trade Agreement are moving forward

Negotiations on the Tripartite Free Trade Agreement are moving forward

04 Apr 2014
African high-level officials indicated recently that negotiations for the establishment of a free-trade area spanning three major regional economic communities in Africa have ...
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Uhuru tells Africa to support infrastructure investment

Uhuru tells Africa to support infrastructure investment

03 Apr 2014
President Uhuru Kenyatta has challenged African governments to accelerate reforms that will encourage more private sector investment in infrastructure projects. Citing Kenya as an...
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FG: Why Nigeria scuttled the EU-ECOWAS trade deal

FG: Why Nigeria scuttled the EU-ECOWAS trade deal

03 Apr 2014
The federal government has stated that it declined endorsing the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union because acting otherwise would have been inimical to t...
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Customs Territory promising

Customs Territory promising

03 Apr 2014
Barely a month into the implementation of the Single Customs Territory (SCT), Uganda seems to have started reaping the fruits of the first pilot project. During a press brief...
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SACU appoints new Executive Secretary

SACU appoints new Executive Secretary

03 Apr 2014
The South African Customs Union (SACU) council of ministers has recently appointed a Namibian national, Paulina Mbala Elago, to the position of SACU Executive Secretary. SACU...
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EU-Africa summit to debate free trade

EU-Africa summit to debate free trade

02 Apr 2014
EU and African leaders from 80 states are poised to meet in Brussels for a two-day summit as a deadline for tariff-free trade agreements draws near. Presidents Jacob Zuma and Rober...
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EAC competition law yet to be enforced

EAC competition law yet to be enforced

02 Apr 2014
Regulating competition in East the African Community bloc still faces challenges as some countries are not enforcing the relevant law, the East African Competitions Act 2006. ...
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Emerging markets can manage evolving mix of global investors

Emerging markets can manage evolving mix of global investors

02 Apr 2014
The mix of investors in emerging markets stocks and bonds has evolved considerably over the past 15 years, which has made capital flows and asset prices in these countries mor...
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New economic report urges Africa to build credible institutions to boost industrialization

New economic report urges Africa to build credible institutions to boost industrialization

01 Apr 2014
African countries need to introduce credible industrial policies and promote effective industrial policy organizations to enhance the structural transformation of the continent, sa...
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East African Common Market Scorecard 2014

East African Common Market Scorecard 2014

01 Apr 2014
The EAC Common Market Scorecard 2014 assesses progress toward the development of a common market in capital, services, and goods across the Partner States of the East Afr...
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Europe-Africa relations: Well-intentioned diplomatic disaster?

Europe-Africa relations: Well-intentioned diplomatic disaster?

01 Apr 2014
At the 4th EU-Africa Summit, a number of issues might push tensions high. The 4th EU-Africa Summit takes place in Brussels on 2-3 April. For months, there seemed to be a...
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Africa loses $60 billion annually through illicit financial flows – Mbeki

Africa loses $60 billion annually through illicit financial flows – Mbeki

01 Apr 2014
Monies for infrastructure and social amenities for the poor African population are being transferred to other countries via illicit financial flows. A former South African Pr...
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Delegates debate scoring countries on regional integratio​n

Delegates debate scoring countries on regional integratio​n

31 Mar 2014
Mr. Rene Kouassi, Director of Economic Affairs, African Union Commission has urged experts this week to advance regional integration goals and move from ‘intergovernmentalism to ...
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