Entries by Hanin Abdulrazzaq

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ICC, UPS, Tralac, and West Blue join forces to provide women entrepreneurs in Africa with the resources to digitize their operation

ICC, UPS, Trade Law Centre (Tralac), and West Blue Consulting today announced a partnership to support women-led small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Africa. The partners will offer capacity building programs and tools, including co-developed trade and information portals called “e-Trade Hubs,” advocate for enabling public policy, and create electronic guidelines to help women entrepreneurs […]

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Private sector firms join push for AfCFTA agenda

Private sector lobbies in Africa’s six regional trading blocs have formed the African Business Council, a continental umbrella body to spearhead the business agenda for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The council — with its headquarters at the African Union offices in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — has been carved out of the six […]

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AfCFTA success depends on technology

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement became effective in January 1 this year, rekindling the feelings African countries had immediately after independence from colonial powers. These feelings also emanate from recent experiences in Asia that societies can create prosperity for their people by re-organizing their economies. However, immediately after independence many leaders chose […]

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Afreximbank supports factoring as a viable alternative source of finance for SMEs

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) considers factoring as a viable alternative financing instrument for supporting Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) at a time when traditional commercial bank lending is tightening while trading is about to begin under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Kanayo Awani, Managing Director of Afreximbank’s Intra-African Trade Initiative and Chairperson […]

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What opportunities does the AfCTA hold for women?

 According to the African Union chairperson, President Cyril Ramaphosa, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will help advance the empowerment of Africa’s women, by improving women’s access to trade opportunities which will in turn facilitate economic freedom for women, and expand the productive capacities of countries. GUEST COLUMN BY FEMPRENEURS AFRICA “To support this, […]