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AfCFTA, collaboration key to increasing trade in Africa – panel 

By: Simone Liedtke     25th June 2019 The African Continental Free Trade Area plays a role in increasing intra-African trade, but Kenyan ambassador to South Africa Jean Kamau told delegates attending the Manufacturing Indaba, on Tuesday, that negotiations and collaboration between countries and the private sector were key to... 

More African capitals realise need for resilient, sustainable infrastructure 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th June 2019 City of Tshwane executive mayor Stevens Mokgalapa says 71% of South Africa’s population will live in urban areas by 2030. This will increase further to 80% by 2050. Africa as a continent, meanwhile, is expected to reach 50% urbanisation by 2030, the mayor said, citing data from the World... 

Nigeria to consider its industries in Africa free trade zone decision

By: Reuters     20th June 2019 Nigeria will consider the interests of its industries in deciding whether to sign up to a $3-trillion Africa free-trade agreement, President Muhammadu Buhari said in a meeting with local manufacturers on Wednesday. The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) encompasses 1.2-billion... 

Event will address challenges facing African rail industries

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     14th June 2019 Several challenges face Africa’s rail industries, and global events company Terrapinn will host the twenty-second annual Africa Rail exhibition and conference, which aims to tackle these challenges. Terrapinn business development manager Athena Maharaj tells Engineering News that there is a... 

Indaba to foster African trade

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th June 2019 The 2019 Manufacturing Indaba will host several trade and industry Ministers from Africa, with the focus leaning towards facilitating trade between African countries.  

Wesgro welcomes coming into force of Africa trade agreement

By: African News Agency      31st May 2019 The tourism, trade and investment promotion agency of Cape Town and the Western Cape, Wesgro on Friday welcomed the coming into force of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement, saying it had the potential to bring investment. AFCFTA is the legal tool for the creation of a single market... 

What trade war? Africa sidesteps tariffs, starts free-trade pact  

By: Bloomberg     30th May 2019 Africa, largely ignored in a US-China trade war that could roil economies worldwide, is quietly piecing together the world’s largest free-trade zone. The African Continental Free Trade Area comes into force on paper on Thursday after the required 22 countries ratified the deal a month ago. Once... 

Remembering Kwame Nkrumah

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     24th May 2019 Barring unforeseen glitches, this edition of Engineering News will hit the newsstands on May 24, a day before the fifty-sixth anniversary of the day when then Ethiopian leader Emperor Haile Selassie hosted the leaders of newly independent African States at a get-together that gave birth to the... 

Africa’s Manufacturing Sector – An Awakening Giant

21st May 2019 Industrialisation is considered the engine of economic growth, leading to the accumulation of physical and human capital. In recent years, African countries have witnessed steady economic growth owing to their vibrant manufacturing sectors. This has subsequently boosted exports of many African... 

Supportive policy and infrastructure needed to improve agricultural harvest

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th May 2019 Variable climatic conditions, macroeconomic fluctuations, trade wars and land reform policy uncertainty will remain some of the biggest factors impacting on the South African agriculture sector for the foreseeable future, according to the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy’s (BFAP’s)... 

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