Archive for the ‘Africa’ Category Africa: Continent Endorses Talks On Grand Free Trade Area   Leave a comment

This is a significant step for Africa  with implications on other trading nations. A market of about $1 trillion and 600 million people is huge . Reducing and removing trade restriction will bring greater efficiencies and help alleviate poverty.

“The leaders adopted a developmental approach to the Tripartite Integration process that will be anchored on three pillars namely; the market integration based on the Tripartite Free Trade Area, infrastructure development to enhance connectivity and reduce costs of doing business as well as Industrial development to address the productive capacity constraints.

The proposed Grand Free Trade Area would merge three existing blocs including the Southern African Development Community (Sadc), the East African Community (EAC) and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa).

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Dock workers handle containers at an African port.

The bloc would include 26 countries, stretching from Cape Town in South Africa to Cairo in Egypt. The integration is expected to help African countries improve their capacity to trade, increase investments on the continent and unleash the enormous economic growth and development potential of Africa.”

via Africa: Continent Endorses Talks On Grand Free Trade Area.

Posted July 8, 2011 by arnoneumann in Africa

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Countries – African Economic Outlook   Leave a comment

Excellent resouce for background profile of countries in Africa.

“Welcome to the heart of Here you gain access to profiles of 51 of the 53 countries in Africa (countries not included are: Eritrea and Somalia).

Each profile includes synopses of the overall state of the country, recent economic developments, macroeconomic policy, structural issues, the political and social context, human development, one sector relevant to development and vital country statistics. Profiles are available in a printer-friendly format.”

via Countries – African Economic Outlook.

Posted June 26, 2011 by arnoneumann in Africa, Economic

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Four hours to save four million children – Opinion – Al Jazeera English   Leave a comment

World leaders have four hours to save four million children’s lives at the Global Vaccinations Summit in London on June 13. No child should die from a preventable disease. Read more :






via Four hours to save four million children – Opinion – Al Jazeera English.

Posted June 12, 2011 by arnoneumann in Africa

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Biofuels boom in Africa as British firms lead rush on land for plantations | Environment | The Guardian   Leave a comment

“The revelation of the central role of UK companies in biofuels coincides with a report from Oxfam forecasting that the price of staple foods will more than double in the next 20 years. The report identifies biofuels as a factor and demands that western governments end biofuel policies that divert food to fuel for cars. “We are sleepwalking towards an age of avoidable crisis,” said Oxfams chief executive, Barbara Stocking. “One in seven people on the planet go hungry every day despite the fact that the world is capable of feeding everyone. The food system must be overhauled.” ”

via Biofuels boom in Africa as British firms lead rush on land for plantations | Environment | The Guardian.

“Liquid fuels made from plants – such as bioethanol – are hailed by some as environmentally-friendly replacements for fossil fuels. Because they compete for land with crop plants, biofuels have also been linked torecord food prices and rising hunger. There are also fears they can increase greenhouse gas emissions.

A market has been created by British and EU laws requiring the blending of rising amounts of biofuels into petrol and diesel, but the rules werecondemned as unethical and “backfiring badly” in April by a Nuffield Council on Bioethics commission. In the UK, only 31% of biofuels used meet voluntary environmental standards intended to protect water supplies, soil quality and carbon stocks in the source country. “

Posted May 31, 2011 by arnoneumann in Africa, agriculture, UK

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