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Delay expected as deadline looms for AfCFTA rules of origin talks

  Talks aimed at finalising key aspects of the new African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) are facing delays, as member countries work to reach an overarching agreement on rules of origin and tariff reduction schedules. When…
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Paving ways for women in trade through AfCFTA

Paving ways for women in trade through AfCFTA To provide a platform for women to voice their needs and interests regarding trade in the context of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Namibia last week held a national consultation…

Durban Announced as the New Host of Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF 2021) : Dates rescheduled to 15-21 November 2021

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The decision to move the Trade Fair to Durban was made by the Advisory Council of IATF2021 at its 10th meeting held virtually on 25 May 2021. This decision was arrived at after formal consultations with the Government of Rwanda, who indicated…

After 15 years, Shoprite exits Nigeria retail market

By Kizzi Asala  and Africanews 16 years after it opened its first outlet in Nigeria, Shoprite -- Africa’s largest food retailer, has sold its Nigerian operations to a company owned by a group of local investors led by property firm…
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Cryptocurrency and Kenyan Farmers

Cryptocurrencies make headlines for shaking up the financial world, but they are also gaining ground in less developed countries. In Kenya, an American economist, who introduced blockchain technology for low-income urban customers, has extended…
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Botswana president calls for domestication of AfCFTA at national level

Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi on Saturday urged African countries' parliaments to ensure that the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is domesticated for it to be effective. Masisi made this call in a speech he deliberated…
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AfDB to spend $2bn on AfCFTA infrastructure projects

Mr Adesina explained that the AfDB was driving its industrialisation strategy to support value chains across Africa. The African Development Bank (AfDB) plans to spend an additional two billion dollars on infrastructure targeted at promoting…
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ECA partners ODI and ACET to research into how AfCFTA will promote post COVID-19 economic recovery

The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is to assist member states to develop their national African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) implementation strategy with an environmental bias in anticipation of challenges of COVID-19 and climate…

AfCFTA targets zero duty on 97% products traded in Africa in 15yrs

  The target of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement is to achieve zero duty on 97 percent of all products traded in Africa in the next 15 years, the Secretary-General of AfCFTA Secretariat, Mr Wamkele Mene, has…