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South Africa’s struggling agricultural sector: what went wrong 20 years ago

South Africa’s decision to play by the global rules of free trade post 1994 put the country’s agricultural sector in a difficult position.

While it was expected to compete against the best in the world, the support that could have helped it was taken away. At the same time, the countries it was competing against were very supportive of the sector – some times as much as three times more. This meant that new black farmers missed out on the opportunity to catch up with farmers who had been supported previously.

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Q&A: The AU Trade Commissioner on the New Cape-to-Cairo Common Market

For once, the African Union Summit is going to have something to show for all its talk of regional integration. The Tripartite Free Trade Area, signed in Egypt on Wednesday, creates a common market across 26 countries, and has the potential to revolutionise trade on the continent. Simon Allison spoke to the AU trade commissioner about why the deal is so important – and why the rest of Africa will have to catch up quickly.

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The EPA between the EU and West Africa: Who benefits?

Is the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), a free trade agreement negotiated between West Africa and the European Union (EU), really coherent with the development of West Africa? CONCORD regrets that the EU, the largest economic zone in the world, is trying to obtain disproportionate commercial concessions from one of the poorest regions in the world.

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