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Rwanda harnesses technology to fight COVID-19, drive recovery

Rwanda harnesses technology to fight COVID-19, drive recovery

06 Aug 2020Topic NewsTechnology and innovation
In a conversation with IMF Country Focus, Rwanda’s Minister of State in Charge of National Treasury Richard Tusabe explains how his government is leveraging technology and grass-...
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COMESA COVID-19 Food Security and Nutrition Plan adopted

COMESA COVID-19 Food Security and Nutrition Plan adopted

05 Aug 2020Topic NewsAgriculture and commodities
Ministers responsible for agriculture, environment and natural resources have adopted the COMESA COVID-19 Food Security Response Plan to help the region deal with the impacts of Co...
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WTO report draws attention to impact of COVID-19 trade disruptions on women

WTO report draws attention to impact of COVID-19 trade disruptions on women

05 Aug 2020Topic NewsGlobal trade governance
Women are likely to be harder hit than men by trade disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the dangers are particularly acute in developing countries according to a new in...
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COMESA, EAC and SADC adopt harmonised Guidelines on Trade and Transport Facilitation

COMESA, EAC and SADC adopt harmonised Guidelines on Trade and Transport Facilitation

30 Jul 2020Topic NewsServices
The Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), East African Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on 29th July, 2020 adopted harmonised Tr...
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WHO, WIPO, WTO launch updated study on access to medical technologies and innovation

WHO, WIPO, WTO launch updated study on access to medical technologies and innovation

29 Jul 2020Topic NewsTechnology and innovation
On 29 July, the Directors-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the WTO presented a new edition of the Trilateral ...
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COMESA COVID-19 Food Security Response Plan underway

COMESA COVID-19 Food Security Response Plan underway

29 Jul 2020Topic NewsAgriculture and commodities
The COMESA Secretariat has developed a draft COVID-19 Regional Food and Nutrition Security Response Plan to improve agricultural productivity, enhance access to competitive markets...
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SADC member states urged to strengthen mechanisms to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, as 45 million people across the region face increasing food insecurity

SADC member states urged to strengthen mechanisms to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, as 45 million people across the region face increasing food insecurity

29 Jul 2020Topic NewsAgriculture and commodities
A new report released by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has revealed that close to 44.8 million people in urban and rural areas across 13 Members States of South...
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WTO report shows members moving to facilitate imports even as trade restrictions remain high

WTO report shows members moving to facilitate imports even as trade restrictions remain high

27 Jul 2020Topic NewsTrade law and regulation
While import-restrictive measures introduced by WTO members continued to affect a growing share of global trade, the Director-General’s latest mid-year report on trade-related de...
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Minister Patel tables Department of Trade, Industry and Competition Revised Budget Vote 2020/2021

Minister Patel tables Department of Trade, Industry and Competition Revised Budget Vote 2020/2021

24 Jul 2020Topic NewsFinance and development
Extracts from Minister Patel’s Address to the National Assembly During the first Budget Vote under the new Administration in July last year, Deputy Ministers Gina, Majola and I ...
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EAC Partner States adopt import duty measures to boost local production amidst COVID-19 pandemic

EAC Partner States adopt import duty measures to boost local production amidst COVID-19 pandemic

23 Jul 2020Topic NewsTrade law and regulation
EAC Partner States, i.e. Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, have adopted various measures on EAC Common External Tariff (CET) with the aim of boosting local production in...
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COVID-19 is fuelling acceleration in digital transformation in Africa

COVID-19 is fuelling acceleration in digital transformation in Africa

22 Jul 2020Topic NewsTechnology and innovation
The world is increasingly going digital but much still need to be done on the continent to increase internet penetration. According to the International Telecommunication Union, in...
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Trade policy can ensure inclusive prosperity in wake of COVID-19

Trade policy can ensure inclusive prosperity in wake of COVID-19

21 Jul 2020Topic NewsTrade law and regulation
Trade-restrictive measures imposed by G20 governments have reached historically high levels, a trend that has only increased with the pandemic. Worldwide, supply ch...
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COMESA develops Covid-19 Online Portal to spur e-trade

COMESA develops Covid-19 Online Portal to spur e-trade

21 Jul 2020Topic NewsTechnology and innovation
COMESA has developed an online portal to be used by Member States to exchange information on availability of essential products within the region. This is in response to a directiv...
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Africa will need a lot of energy to power its COVID-19 recovery, says Vera Songwe

Africa will need a lot of energy to power its COVID-19 recovery, says Vera Songwe

16 Jul 2020Topic NewsTrade and the environment
Africa will need a lot of energy to build back better in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Vera Songwe, sa...
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82% of NTBs in COMESA are operational and easy to monitor: but behind-the-border type of NTBs are more complex

82% of NTBs in COMESA are operational and easy to monitor: but behind-the-border type of NTBs are more complex

15 Jul 2020Topic NewsTrade law and regulation
At least 82% of the reported Non-Tariff Barriers in the COMESA region are those imposed on imports and exports of goods and services and are largely operational by design. Accordin...
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Africans must explore opportunities in digital trade, says AfCFTA Chief

Africans must explore opportunities in digital trade, says AfCFTA Chief

15 Jul 2020Topic NewsTechnology and innovation
Secretary-General of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat Wamkele Mene would like Africans to take advantage of the opportunities in digital trade because A...
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UN report sends ‘sobering message’ of deeply entrenched hunger globally

UN report sends ‘sobering message’ of deeply entrenched hunger globally

15 Jul 2020Topic NewsAgriculture and commodities
In much of the world, “hunger remains deeply entrenched and is rising”, the UN chief said on Monday, launching this year’s major UN food security update, highlighting that ov...
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Digital technologies could help Uganda’s economy recover faster

Digital technologies could help Uganda’s economy recover faster

10 Jul 2020Topic NewsTechnology and innovation
Uganda’s real gross domestic product (GDP) growth in 2020 is projected to be between 0.4 and 1.7% compared to 5.6% in 2019, according to the latest edition of the Uganda Economic...
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Adopting ICT is critical in post Covid-19 trade facilitation programmes in COMESA region

Adopting ICT is critical in post Covid-19 trade facilitation programmes in COMESA region

08 Jul 2020Topic NewsServices
It’s close to two months since COMESA developed and issued Guidelines for Movement of Goods and Services across the Region during the COVID-19 Pandemic. During this period, there...
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A political economy analysis of the Nacala and Beira corridors

A political economy analysis of the Nacala and Beira corridors

07 Jul 2020Topic NewsServices
While trade and transport costs in Africa are high, those faced in Malawi are higher than in the wider region. International partners are keen to invest in improving trade and tran...
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