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  • Africa: USA-Africa - No Policy? Bad Policy? or Both?

    BOTSWANA, 2017/08/30 "Africa is terra incognita for the Trump Government: a continent it cares little - and understands even less - about. With no dyed-in-the-wool Trumpian Africa hands available, the government appears ready to cede Africa policy making to career civil servants and a few mainstream Republican appointees." - Matthew T. Page The headline to Page's article in Quartz Africa states that "Donald Trump could be getting his US-Africa policy right by simply not having one." His view is actually additional nuanced, in judging that no policy would likely be only "less bad" than explicitly "bad policy" that may result from better White Home interest in Africa.
  • Africa: 'Market Information Gap Threatens U.S.$400 Billion Intra-Africa Trade'

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/14 Access to data across African economies, which has been hindered by the fragmented nature of the respective markets, is currently threatening a $400 billion intra-Africa trade potential. Africa Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) said the present transactions price at $170 billion remained their due to wide gap in market data, which presently needs to be closed to foster accelerated trade integration. Meanwhile, the size of intra-African trade could be doubled from the current level of about $170 billion per year to almost $400 billion by addressing the issue of availability of market data on the continent.
  • Tripartite Free Trade Area plods along slowly in Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2017/06/24 Trade between African nations has long been outstripped by intra-regional trade in other parts of the world – for Africa as a whole, intra-regional trade is between 10% and 13% of total trade. This is far lower than in regions such as the EU, where about 60% of trade is between member states, and the Association of South-east Asian Nations, which has a rate of about 25%. Intra-regional trade in North America is put at about 40%. However, the ratification of the Tripartite Free Trade Sector(TFTA) – potentially later in 2017 – could help change that and push the development of additional intra-regional trade increase. A pan-regional free-trade zone, the TFTA stretches from Cairo to Cape Town and encompasses 26 African nations. Africa’s Tripartite Free Trade Area would reduce regional tariffs and create a pan-African single market, to aid development and cash in on a growing middle class in the continent. But with member countries often belonging to multiple economic areas, progress is both complex and slow, as Kit Gillet reports.  
  • Importers threaten to increase prices of goods if government implements tax to fund African Union

    BOTSWANA, 2017/06/15 Importers have threatened to increase the prices of goods if the government implements the 0.2% import tax to fund the AU. Mr Samson Awingobit Asaki, Executive Secretary of the Importers and Exporters Association, told the Ghana News Agency that the implementation of the tax would increase the cost of operation for importers. Mr Asaki added that at the same time as it happens like that, they would have no other choice than to transfer the cost onto the prices of goods for the consumers.
  • Benjamin Nentanyaho to Draw Israel's Attention Trade in West Africa

    ISRAEL, 2017/06/06 Long before the civil war, Israel had cemented its feet on Liberian soil. The Executive Mansion, until the demise of Samuel Doe, stood as a testament to Israeli handiwork as the seat of the Liberian presidency for decades. "The visit of PM Netanyahu will draw the attention in the Israeli business community to the opportunities in this region, and will bring along additional Israeli companies to have trade and investments in the region, Actually, the initial one is by presently here."
  • Prime Minister Netanyahu - Israel Coming Back to Africa

    ISRAEL, 2017/06/06 The Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu has cautioned Heads of States and Government at the ECOWAS 51st Ordinary Summit session held at the Farmington Hotel in Harbel that there is so much that need to be done for the betterment of the people of the ECOWAS region. High on the schedule at the conference was political, economic and security concerns within the region. Having slammed the rising wave of terrorism in Africa and the world, the Israeli PM said the terrorists worship death by murdering indiscriminately but added a collaborative effort can defeat them.
  • Ghana's insurance sector expands as reforms boost liquidity and reduce credit risk

    GHANA, 2017/01/14 Given the open regulatory framework, continued interest from foreign investors and current low penetration rate, there is strong potential for increase in the Ghanaian insurance sector. The industry is working to design and market products for uninsured populations, inclunding the emerging middle class and those in the informal sector. For its part, the regulator is making efforts to increase capacity part the additional than 50 insurance providers, which would allow underwriters to take on larger, riskier policies.
  • Economic integration is helping boost trade and investment in Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2016/05/13 The collapse of virtual borders is one of the majority remarkable things to have happened in our lifetimes. In the world of cyberspace, time and distance have become almost peripheral considerations at the same time as it comes to doing business. Services from software development to accounting can be delivered across the world in the blink of an eye. Next business leaders will struggle to imagine an era at the same time as communication was neither immediate nor virtually free.
  • Ghana: Financing SMEs Still Challenging in Ghana

    GHANA, 2016/02/08 Access to finance and the high cost of credit continue to impact negatively on the operations of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME's) in the country. The situation has been attributed to the absence of adequately resourced institutions inclunding some macro-economic policies that discourage granting of credit due to the high risks associated with some SMEs. The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) for instance, at a stakeholders' forum, revealed that almost all proposals by its members to fasten funding from the Export, Trade Agricultural and Industrial Development Fund (EDAIF), were denied in 2015.
  • East Africa: Region's Exports to EU Face Tough Conditions

    ITALY, 2015/09/13 Mistrust has emerged part the East African Community partner states over Tanzania's commitment to the Economic Partnership Agreement that would give the region's goods business-free access to European markets. Tanzania is likely to delay the signing and ratification of the EPA document on the grounds that it was rushed through. Dar es Salaam has threatened not to sign the transaction before its concerns on contentious issues are addressed. The region has until December 31 to sign the transaction with the European Union or go back to the negotiating table.