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31 December 2012
Aid should focus on sustainable development
Source: IDN
Aid effectiveness
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FG explores single window clearing at ports
Source: ThisDay
Customs management, Nigeria, Ports infrastructure, Trade facilitation
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Kenya’s export growth slowing down – new study
Source: The EastAfrican must read
East African Community (EAC), Intra-regional trade, Kenya, Non-tariff barriers, Private sector
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Lake Nyasa border dispute goes to African Forum
Source: Tanzania Daily News
Malawi, Southern African Development Community (SADC), Tanzania
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Lekki Port: stakeholders endorse shareholders’ agreement
Source: ThisDay
Infrastructure finance, Nigeria, Ports infrastructure
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Tanzania’s EITI compliance “a milestone for growth prospects”
Source: World Bank
Extractive industries, Governance, Tanzania
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The World Bank’s Africa social protection strategy
Source: World Bank
Governance, Social protection, World Bank
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WB: Only 43% of countries reveal public officials’ assets
Source: The Citizen
Governance, World Bank
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30 December 2012
ACP-EU trade relations, including EPAs: Sipopo Declaration
Source: ACP
Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), European Union (EU), Least Developed Countries (LDC), Trade facilitation
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China gives Zambia K80 billion poverty reduction
Source: Zambia Daily Mail
China, Infrastructure finance, Zambia
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LDC export diversification, employment generation and the “green economy”: tourism linkages?
Source: WTO
Employment, Green economy, Least Developed Countries (LDC), Tourism
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Sadc cereal production falls 7%
Source: The Herald
Agricultural trade, Southern African Development Community (SADC)
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Zambia records increased foreign direct investment
Source: Lusaka Times
Competitiveness, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Intra-regional trade, Zambia
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29 December 2012
A closer look at the evolution of Brazil’s overseas investments
Source: World Resources Institute
Aid effectiveness, Brazil, BRICS
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Addis Ababa declaration on the 2050 Africa’s integrated maritime strategy
Source: African Union
African Union, Logistics, Non-tariff barriers, Ports infrastructure
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AU welcomes adoption of integrated maritime strategy
Source: Government of Ethiopia
African Union, Logistics, Ports infrastructure
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Brazil nominates Azevedo as candidate to lead WTO
Source: Reuters
World Trade Organisation (WTO)
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Brazil posts first primary deficit in nearly three years
Source: Bloomberg
Brazil, BRICS
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Challenges facing the G20 in 2013
Source: Lowy Institute
G20
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Communication technologies transform relief and development
Source: Irin
Civil society, Governance, Information Communication Technology (ICT)
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Ghanaian growth to drag on Africa’s 3rd-worst currency
Source: Bloomberg
Currency volatility, West Africa
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IMF to open new training centre for sub-Saharan Africa
Source: IMF
Governance, IMF, Mauritius
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India, China had a minimal-problem year: trade deficit between two nations ballooning rapidly
Source: The Times of India
BRICS, China, India, Trade data
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International Debt Statistics 2013: WB report
Source: World Bank
Currency volatility, Political economy, World Bank
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Mozambique to renegotiate mega-contracts
Source: AFP
Mozambique, Private sector, Taxation
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2012 Africa News

Early Closure of TMSA Programme: The Secretary of State of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has decided to terminate its financial contribution to TradeMark Southern Africa (TMSA), as announced on 4 December 2013. As DFID is the sole financier of the TMSA programme of support to the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite, TMSA will officially be closed from 17 March 2014 instead of 31 October 2014. For more information about the TMSA closure, and for a summary of some of the more notable successes of the Tripartite achieved with TMSA support, please click here