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African Continental Free trade Area

Research suggests a boom in intra-African trade

Research suggests a boom in African trade Unveiled yesterday at the World Economic Forum, held in Davos, Switzerland, new research commissioned by DP World and led by Economist Impact forecasts a booming African trade landscape in 2024. Many  senior executives are predicting a surge in intra-African trade, fueled by new trade pacts and tech investments. …

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Unleashing Africa’s Engineering Potential

Unleashing Africa’s Engineering Potential Africa‘s engineering capacity for economic development varies across nations, with countries like South Africa and Nigeria making notable progress. However, challenges such as the skills gaps, inadequate infrastructure, and political instability persist. By Kazawadi Papias Dedeki, President of the Federation of African Engineering Organisations (FAEO) and Chairman of WFEO Committee on …

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Private capital vital to fuel economic growth in Southern Africa

Private capital vital to fuel economic growth in Southern Africa Southern Africa’s conservative banking sector means that banks doesn’t always play as big a role in growing businesses as they do in other markets. Given the opportunities and potential advantages of the region, that in turn means there’s a substantial gap for private capital to …

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The scramble to export Africa’s valuable natural resources is on

The scramble to export Africa’s valuable natural resources is on The scramble for Africa’s critical minerals and other valuable materials is underway as global multinational companies and the superpowers of the world eye the abundant natural resource of Southern, Central and East Africa. By Leon Louw founder of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine …

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With South Africa in the doldrums, companies should expand their African footprint

With South Africa in the doldrums, companies should expand their African footprint   With the energy crisis and political shenanigans hampering economic growth in South Africa, South African companies, especially suppliers and service providers in the mining, energy, agriculture and infrastructure sectors, should expand their footprint into Africa north of the Limpopo River. By Leon …

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Africa is knocking on our door says MEMSA CEO

Africa is knocking on our door says MEMSA CEO An uptick in mining activity across the African continent has resulted in an increased demand from African mining companies to procure South African designed and manufactured mining and construction equipment. By Leon Louw founder of WhyAfrica More and more South African based Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) …

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USD10-billion boost for Africa to feed the world

USD10-billion boost for Africa to feed the world The African Development Bank Group (AfDB), will commit USD10-billion over the next five years to boost Africa’s efforts to end hunger and become a primary food provider for itself and the rest of the world. AfDB President, Dr Akinwumi Adesina called on the more than 34 heads …

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U.S.A. investment package will boost African trade

U.S.A. investment package will boost African trade  Prosper Africa, a U.S. Government initiative, yesterday announced substantial investment packages that will boost African exports to the U.S.A. significantly.      Prosper Africa announced an ambitious set of multimillion-dollar investments to boost African exports and infrastructure and mobilise private investment to accelerate African innovation. Prosper Africa is the …

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Pan African Parliament rolls out plan to rebrand

Pan African Parliament rolls out plan to rebrand The first Ordinary Session of the sixth Parliament of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) opened on Monday, 24 October 2022, in Midrand, South Africa, with consultations to revise and refine the current Rules of Procedure as the Parliament rolls out plans to rebrand. WhyAfrica will follow this important …

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African index lifts the lid on USD70-billion trade opportunity

African index lifts the lid on USD70-billion trade opportunity The first-ever biannual African trade index has been launched. The index lifts the lid on the continent’s USD70-billion trade opportunity. Yesterday saw the inaugural publication of Standard Bank’s Africa Trade Barometer. The barometer is expected to become Africa’s leading trade index. According to Philip Myburgh, Head …

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UK’s trade training body expands into Africa

UK’s trade training body expands into Africa  Trade education is vital to further grow exports between the UK and Africa. The Institute of Export & International Trade (IOE&IT) last week announced a new investment in Africa with the opening of its first international office in Nairobi, Kenya. Building on the Kenya-UK Economic Partnership Agreement the …

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AfCFTA expected to drive African growth

AfCFTA expected to drive African growth     According to a report titled the Economic Development in Africa Report 2021, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) could reduce poverty and inequality while spurring sustainable and inclusive growth. The report was launched by the United Nation’s trade and development body UNCTAD. This article was first published …

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“Building Back” Africa’s supply chain

“Building Back” Africa’s supply chain For our second article in a series about women in the supply chain, WhyAfrica interviewed Azuka Okeke, CEO of the Africa Resource Centre for Excellence in Supply Chain Management in Nigeria about the opportunities, challenges, and outlook of supply chain management in Africa. By Leon Louw, founder and editor of …

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Africa banks on the private sector for a Covid-19 recovery

30 August 2021 – Africa banks on the private sector for a Covid-19 recovery. In a meeting held last week, the G20 Compact with Africa reaffirmed its commitment to secure Africa’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic through private sector development and vaccine manufacturing.    Participants of a G20 Compact with Africa meeting last week assessed Africa’s …

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AfDB grant will boost agricultural value chains in Mozambique

26 June 2021 – The African Development Bank (AfDB), with financing from the Italian Technical Cooperation Fund, has provided a €990,000 grant to help smaller agro-processing enterprises boost production and quality control in Mozambique. The project will enable the businesses to better tap into national and regional markets and capitalise on the opportunities created by …

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African Continental Free Trade Area an opportunity to achieve sustainable growth

By Lebo Letsoalo The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) represents a unique opportunity for African economies to achieve integrated and sustainable growth and to address chronic youth unemployment in the region. AfCFTA offers massive opportunities for young Africans.   The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) represents a unique opportunity for African economies to …

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