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Bali Package – Trade Multilateralism in the 21st Century

Bali Package – Trade Multilateralism in the 21st Century

24 Jan 2014
In this column, Roberto Azevêdo, director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), writes about the Bali Package of agreements reached in early December 2013. At the Ninth ...
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Africa’s billions that the poor won’t touch

Africa’s billions that the poor won’t touch

24 Jan 2014
With its two-trillion-dollar economy, recent discoveries of billions of dollars worth of minerals and oil, and the number of investment opportunities it has to offer global players...
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Brics economies not crashing: Economist

Brics economies not crashing: Economist

23 Jan 2014
The Brics economies are not going to crash but are facing another difficult year, Standard Bank economist Jeremy Stevens said on Wednesday. “The Brics had a challenging 2013 and...
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Private sector too slow at exploiting regional opportunities

Private sector too slow at exploiting regional opportunities

23 Jan 2014
The private sector are shying away from the business opportunities in the East African Community (EAC). The commissioner for economic affairs in the Ministry for East African Comm...
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Enabling business environment key to sustainable and inclusive growth

Enabling business environment key to sustainable and inclusive growth

23 Jan 2014
Africa needs to create an enabling environment for domestic and foreign investment to realize its potential and ensure sustainable and inclusive growth for its population, panellis...
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Supply chain reforms: the right path to increased global trade

Supply chain reforms: the right path to increased global trade

22 Jan 2014
Urgent implementation of the Bali trade accords and deeper behind-the-border reform is needed to sustainably meet world food demand, and foster industrial development, according to...
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SEC must stay with its mission – Protecting US investors

SEC must stay with its mission – Protecting US investors

22 Jan 2014
Swimming against the tide of expert and public opinion, the American Petroleum Institute (API) certainly has clever lawyers. Somehow this lobby group, which represents the US oil ...
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Can African skies remain closed?

Can African skies remain closed?

22 Jan 2014
When thinking about regional integration in Africa, we often think first of trade policy, telecommunications, Information & Communications Technology (ICT) and road infrastruct...
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Best to postpone S. Sudan EAC bid

Best to postpone S. Sudan EAC bid

21 Jan 2014
This month an East African Community (EAC) negotiating team was supposed to be in Juba to verify with various senior officials South Sudan’s application to join the economic bloc...
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Averting economic cold war

Averting economic cold war

21 Jan 2014
When the first G20 summit was held at the end of 2008 in Washington DC, many believed that the time had finally come for developed and developing countries to work together to reco...
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2500 leaders to participate in WEF Davos meet

2500 leaders to participate in WEF Davos meet

21 Jan 2014
A group of more than 2500 politicians, business leaders and academics are gathering to discuss the state of global economy for five days, beginning tomorrow at the World Economic F...
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Customs Union promises boost to regional trade

Customs Union promises boost to regional trade

20 Jan 2014
The customs union, which is the first pillar of East African economic integration, is set to become operational this year in Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya, a landmark in achieving full ...
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Azevêdo hails Basel Committee’s decision on trade finance as “good news” for developing countries

Azevêdo hails Basel Committee’s decision on trade finance as “good news” for developing countries

20 Jan 2014
Director-General Roberto Azevêdo, on 17 January 2014, welcomed a recent decision by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision as “of particular significance for the availabilit...
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Massive SADC Gateway port

Massive SADC Gateway port

17 Jan 2014
NamPort has recently begun with a massive N$3 billion construction project to build a new container terminal, but plans even more extravagant expansion in the years to come, accord...
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TTIP puts the EU’s environmental and social policies on the line

TTIP puts the EU’s environmental and social policies on the line

17 Jan 2014
The European Commission has repeatedly promised civil society that the TTIP negotiations with the US will not lead to a race to the bottom on environmental protection, health and s...
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Informal sector key to growth

Informal sector key to growth

17 Jan 2014
Zimbabwe has to face the reality that the informal sector is now the dominant force of the economy, Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa has said. Giving the...
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Ethiopia stumbles on WTO accession

Ethiopia stumbles on WTO accession

16 Jan 2014
Ethiopia will not be ready to open up financial and other essential sectors to gain World Trade Organization (WTO) accession until 2015, according to the Ministry of Trade. This i...
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The MINTs are very different and might not all see stellar growth

The MINTs are very different and might not all see stellar growth

16 Jan 2014
In rapidly developing countries, often the proceeds of economic growth fail to flow adequately to shareholders – particularly foreign ones. Another acronym has recently sprung u...
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Diluting foreign investors’ protection makes no sense

Diluting foreign investors’ protection makes no sense

16 Jan 2014
The Department of Trade and Industry has had a veritable bee in its bonnet about the 46 bilateral investment treaties (BITs) that the Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki administrations...
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EAC issues SQMT regulations to facilitate regional trade

EAC issues SQMT regulations to facilitate regional trade

15 Jan 2014
The East African Community has issued regulations to enhance the operationalization of the EAC Standardization, Quality Assurance, Metrology and Testing Act (SQMT) of 2006. The SQM...
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