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Governments urged to direct resources in manufacturing to create jobs and reduce poverty

Governments urged to direct resources in manufacturing to create jobs and reduce poverty

28 Mar 2014
African countries need to channel their resources to activities in industry, manufacturing and modern services in order to create more employment and improve the welfare of vulnera...
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US claims victory in trade dispute with China

US claims victory in trade dispute with China

27 Mar 2014
The World Trade Organization ruled Wednesday that China has violated international trade rules with its restrictions on the export of 17 “rare earths” and two other minerals th...
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Obama defends proposed EU trade pact

Obama defends proposed EU trade pact

27 Mar 2014
President Barack Obama defended a proposed U.S. trade deal with the European Union against charges it might weaken environmental standards and consumer protection, saying he wouldn...
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Ten emerging countries hot on the heels of the BRICS

Ten emerging countries hot on the heels of the BRICS

27 Mar 2014
Indonesia, Bangladesh and Ethiopia are among 10 countries set to take over as emerging economies from the powerful BRICS nations as they struggle with growing pains, a French credi...
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Africa CEO Forum 2014: Meeting of African Private Sector Leaders has kept its promises

Africa CEO Forum 2014: Meeting of African Private Sector Leaders has kept its promises

26 Mar 2014
After three days of intensive and productive discussion, the Africa CEO Forum 2014 closed at midday on Wednesday, March 19 in Geneva. Organized by Groupe Jeune Afriq...
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Deeper integration: SADC sets priorities for 2014

Deeper integration: SADC sets priorities for 2014

26 Mar 2014
At least seven priority areas have been identified for implementation this year as southern Africa intensifies efforts to deepen integration for socio-economic development. The pri...
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Euro-Africa ties: Africa should be more assertive

Euro-Africa ties: Africa should be more assertive

26 Mar 2014
Africa cannot remain submissive while the West rides roughshod over its social and cultural heritage. Where is the independence then when a cabal of Western nations wantonly i...
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Why free trade agreements are ever more vital for India

Why free trade agreements are ever more vital for India

25 Mar 2014
Giant agreements like the Trans Pacific Partnership will change global trade. India needs more FTAs tocompete The direction of global trade is set to change as mega agreements lik...
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AfDB moots trade strategy for Africa

AfDB moots trade strategy for Africa

25 Mar 2014
Africa is losing more than $30 billion in trade due to lack of effective infrastructure development, African Development Bank (AfDB) country director to Zambia Freddie Kwesiga...
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Investor treaties in trouble

Investor treaties in trouble

25 Mar 2014
Several countries are reviewing these agreements, prompted by the number of cases brought by foreign companies who claim that changes in government policies affect their futur...
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CET: Is Nigeria ready for ECOWAS Common Market?

CET: Is Nigeria ready for ECOWAS Common Market?

24 Mar 2014
As the much anticipated uniform tariff for ECOWAS region will become reality from January 1, 2015, Olushola Bello looks at the benefits and implications of the Commo...
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African Finance and Economic Planning Ministers’ Annual Conference holds in Abuja from March 25

African Finance and Economic Planning Ministers’ Annual Conference holds in Abuja from March 25

24 Mar 2014
The Seventh Joint AU Conference of Ministers of Economy and Finance and ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development will be held on ...
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African Development Bank President Kaberuka emphasizes the role of GVCs for Africa’s growth

African Development Bank President Kaberuka emphasizes the role of GVCs for Africa’s growth

24 Mar 2014
The president of the African Development Bank, Donald Kaberuka, has expressed great optimism over Africa’s growth indicating that a full absorption of the continent into the...
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Rawlings blames Africa for being passive in global affairs

Rawlings blames Africa for being passive in global affairs

24 Mar 2014
The African continent cannot continue to allow some members of the developed world to interfere and meddle in its affairs, while it becomes a passive observer. The continent ...
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New financing for Africa’s roads, rail without high debt

New financing for Africa’s roads, rail without high debt

21 Mar 2014
As Central African countries seek new sources of financing for infrastructure, policymakers will have to avoid high indebtedness, a conference in Cameroon was told. Sub-Saharan Af...
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Trade barriers worsen food insecurity

Trade barriers worsen food insecurity

21 Mar 2014
Africa is not achieving its potential in food trade. The growing demand for food is increasingly being met by imports from the global market. This, coupled with rising global ...
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Logistics Performance Index (LPI) Report: The gap persists

Logistics Performance Index (LPI) Report: The gap persists

21 Mar 2014
The gap between the countries that perform best and worst in trade logistics is still quite large, despite a slow convergence since 2007, according to a new World Bank Group r...
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Changing Times: How the MINTs are taking over from the BRICs

Changing Times: How the MINTs are taking over from the BRICs

20 Mar 2014
Is the party over for the BRIC economies? After years of hype, Brazil, Russia and India have enjoyed impressive growth but appear to have lost their shine. China, the world’s se...
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Negotiators meet on trade, transformation and Africa’s role in global markets

Negotiators meet on trade, transformation and Africa’s role in global markets

20 Mar 2014
At a retreat of African World Trade Organization negotiators this week, the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, Mr. Carlos Lopes said that the benefits of Af...
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Africa must do more to unlock opportunities of rising intra-African trade

Africa must do more to unlock opportunities of rising intra-African trade

20 Mar 2014
Growth in intra-Africa trade is outpacing trade between Africa and rest of the world. However, more needs to be done to boost intra-African trade to take advantage of the increasin...
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