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  • The EU-Africa summit is now the AU-EU summit. Why the upgrade matters

    BOTSWANA, 2018/01/13 African and European heads of government gathered last week in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, for their 5th summit since 2000. For the initial time, the African Union (AU) rather than “Africa”, officially appears as the European Union’s partner. While plenty has been discussed about youth, migration, security and governance less is being said about the shift from an EU-Africa to an AU-EU summit. Is this just a case of semantics? Next all, the AU has been the key organiser of these triennial summits since they started in 2000. Or are there larger implications? We think there are. The AU-EU summit coincided with the January 2017 statement on the reform of the African Union prepared by Rwandan President Paul Kagame. The statement recommends rationalising “Africa’s” a lot of international partnerships by having the continental body take the lead. This means that the previous, current and next AU chairpersons, plus the AU Commission chairperson and the chairperson of the Regional Economic Communities, would represent the AU, rather than all its member states.
  • 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.
  • Sudan: Egyptian FM to Visit Sudan Wednesday

    EGYPT, 2017/08/02 Foreign Minister of Egypt, Sameh Shukri is due to arrive in Khartoum next Wednesday to take part in conference of the Joint Sudan-Egypt Committee for Political Consultation. Shukri will preside over the side of Egypt and Foreign Minister, Professor Ibrahim Ghandour will chair the Sudanese side.
  • 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.
  • Is The Maghreb Union Finished And Dead?

    EGYPT, 2017/07/09 King Mohammed VI has been practically living in Africa in the last few years moving from one country to an extra to propose development programs and cooperation ventures in a transparent win-win approach. So, at the same time as on re-admission of Morocco in the African Union in the Addis Abeba summit on January 31, 2017, he declared with tears in his eyes, to be happy to be back home. The truth of the matter he has always been home though not officially, hoping on his Boeing 747 from one country to an extra bringing bounty and goodwill. What is additional, for a lot of African Muslims, disciples of the Tidjane Sufi order, Mohammed VI is additional than a temporal leader of a northern country, he is a religious symbol bearing the traditional title of amir al-mu’minin “Commander of the Faithful” of the Islamic community of Africa.
  • Egypt Meeting To Determine Qatar’s Destiny

    EGYPT, 2017/07/08 The foreign ministers of the four nations calling for combating terrorism, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt, are conference in Cairo Wednesday to discuss Qatar’s response to the four nations’ inventory of 13 demands amid the Gulf diplomatic crisis. “We look forward to receiving Qatar’s response to the demands in order to study it exhaustively before taking stances,” Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said on Monday at a joint press conference with his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel.
  • 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.
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  • Egypt’s Sisi, Germany’s Merkel discuss bilateral relations, recent terrorist attacks

    GERMANY, 2017/01/14 Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed on Friday via phone call bilateral relations between the two nations inclunding recent regional and international developments, national news agency MENA reported. During the call, both parties exchanged condolences in the wake of recent terrorist attacks in the two nations. Last week, eight policemen and one civilian were killed in a terrorist attack in Egypt’s North Sinai, while in December a truck ploughed through a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people.