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African Business Council, One Voice: Who’s Voice?

Find the latest insight by the Executive Director of the Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI), Mr. Kebour Ghenna, on the creation of the African Business Council (ABC) by the African Union and whether it will really benefit SMEs…
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AfCFTA: Africa’s integration programme gathers speed!

Adopted in Kigali on 21 March 2018, and launched at the AU Summit in July 2019 in Niamey, Niger, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), signed by 54 African states (Eritrea is yet to sign and ratify the agreement), is due to come…


Safaricom, Kenya’s biggest telecoms operator, on Monday made a commitment to waive transaction costs on mobile money transfers under 1,000 shillings ($10) for customers on its mobile money platform, M-Pesa. Also, Airtel Kenya waived transaction…

Banks offer relief to borrowers as traders warned on hiking costs

Borrowers can sigh in relief as banks take new measures to cushion individuals and businesses that find themselves in financial distress as a result of the fast-spreading coronavirus (Covid-19). In meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta…

South Africa’s DTI calls for the finalisation of AfCFTA tariff schedules so to meet Implementation Date

Source: One of the immediate tasks of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is to ensure that the tariff schedule listing all products covered by the agreement for tariff liberalisation and the indispensable…

Economic Impact of the COVID-19 on Africa

Source: For the detailed documentation (PDF) The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) on Friday warned the unfolding coronavirus crisis could seriously dent Africa’s already stagnant growth with oil exporting nations…

Gender Mainstreaming in AfCFTA National Strategies: Why it Matters for the SDGs

Trading under the historic African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is scheduled to begin on 1 July 2020. Hailed as a game-changing agreement, with the potential to propel Africa’s socio-economic transformation,…

AU urges leveraging continental free trade area towards silencing guns in Africa

A senior official of the African Union (AU) has noted that leveraging the African continental free trade area (AfCFTA) contributes to silencing the guns in Africa, through the process of delivering broad-based prosperity on the continent. The…

How Emerging Markets Will Shape Africa in 2020 (WEF)

In recent years, Sub-Saharan Africa has increasingly traded old friends, like the US and the European Union, for new ones in emerging markets. Since 2006, the region’s exports to the US have declined by 66%, while exports to countries…