Entries by Mekides Admasu

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Sudan: new data reveals a sharp deterioration in food crisis, with nearly 12 million hungry people

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) warns about a looming food crisis in Sudan driven by the combined impacts of armed conflict, low production of key staple crops and economic turmoil. A multi-partner Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis, issued today and conducted between March and April 2022, involving 19 agencies, […]

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Algeria, Niger & Nigeria move to next step on the Trans-Saharan Gas-Pipeline project

Algerian, Nigerien and Nigerian Energy Ministers signed on Thursday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the construction of a 4,000 gas pipeline across the Sahara Desert that will supply Europe with additional gas, the Algerian news agency APS wrote. The Trans-Saharan Gas-Pipeline (TSGP), should send billions of cubic meters of Nigerian gas to Algeria via […]

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African Development Bank, African Continental Free Trade Area Secretariat, Sign $11 Million Institutional Support Grant Agreement

The African Development Bank Group and the Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) have signed a Protocol of Agreement for an $11.24 million support package to enhance the Secretariat’s effective implementation. The signing took place on 25 July 2022, on the margins of the ninth meeting of the AfCFTA Council of Ministers […]

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Experts emphasize private sector’s role in unlocking AfCFTA benefits

The fundamental role of the private sector in accelerating the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was highlighted at a high-level event jointly organized by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Office Ethiopia/AU. ECA’s Deputy Executive Secretary, Mr. Antonio Pedro told more than 150 leaders of […]

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Africa World Trade Network Launched

On Tuesday, July 12, 2022, officials from the Ministry of Trade, diplomats and multi-faceted entrepreneurs converged on the Kempinski Hotel for the launch of the Africa World Trade Network (AWTN). The launch was held under the theme “Showcasing Africa’s Industrialisation Capacities”. In attendance were the Secretary-General of AfCFTA, H.E Wamkele Mene, the Deputy Minister for […]

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“Is it Africa’s time, or has the continent’s race been run” by RAJNEESH NARULA AND JON FOSTER PEDLEY.

Is Africa still stretching on the sidelines, or is the continent finally out of the starting blocks in the race to shape the global economy? Many hope the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) has fired the starter’s gun, but sceptics say this ambitious trade pact may mark more false hope, perpetuating a decades-old replay […]

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ECOWAS Regional Experts Meet on The Draft ECOWAS Common Schedule of Specific Commitments on Trade in Services for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)

The Eight (8th) Regional Meeting on the Trade in Services Protocol under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), was held virtually on 17th June 2022. The Regional meeting was preceded by a 3-day ECOWAS Commission Internal Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting on Trade in Services to consider the AfCFTA verification reports for ECOWAS Members […]