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Feast and Famine in Africa’s Dubai

Djibouti City – As balmy night settles over Djibouti City, the arc lights come on at its growing network of ports as ships are offloaded 24 hours a day and trucks laden with cargo depart westwards into the Horn of Africa interior. Not that long ago Djibouti was known for little more than French legionnaires, atrocious heat and its old railway line to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.

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There’s a Trump in your future, like it or not

Given the new sheriff in town in Washington, and his strong ideas about trade, J. Brooks Spector believes it is the right time for African nations to come together to define their agenda on trade issues with America – before the Trump administration does it for them.

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CTA Brussels Briefings on Regional Trade in Africa

Brussels – The CTA, in partnership with the the EU Commission, the EU Presidency, the ACP Group of States, Concord, and other partners will organise the next Brussels Development Briefing on the subject of “Regional Trade in Africa: Drivers, Trends and Opportunities”. This 47th edition of the Brussels Briefings will take place on 3rd February 2017 at ACP Secretariat headquarters.

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Agribusiness TV aims to boost youth interest in African farming

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Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) – With the logo of his internet TV station on his black T-shirt, Inoussa Maiga energetically plucks corn stalks in northern Burkina Faso for a programme on farming in Africa. Maiga, 30, launched Agribusiness TV in May in the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou, determined to change poor opinions about agricultural work held by African youth and to help develop the continent.

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Bata’s footprint in Africa: The dark story of Canadian shoe giant

The Toronto-based shoemaker took advantage of European colonialism to rapidly set up across the continent, squeezing out local footwear producers, working with apartheid South Africa and even reaching out to Uganda’s Idi Amin. continue reading »

Sigh of relief as Europe gives East Africa four months to sign EPA

The European parliament extended the deadline to withdraw Kenya’s preferential market access to the EU market to February 2, 2017 after the country signed the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), demonstrating its commitment to the trade pact. However, The East African has learnt that it is unlikely that Tanzania will relax its hardline stance during the three months and the EAC Council of Ministers is considering a proposal for variable geometry, where member states would be allowed to sign the agreement at different times.

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