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Main events for the Week NEW
CTA Brussels Weblog 22 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
The CTA office will be closed for the winter break from Monday 22nd Decemeber 2014 to Friday 2 January 2015 included. The CTA will resume its regular activities from the 5th January 2015. The CTA newsletter shall resume from the week commencing 12 J...
ACP Regional Trade News NEW
CTA Brussels Weblog 22 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
The CTA Brussels Weblog has been the portal of EU-ACP policy news, providing articles on several different issues: ACP-EU trade, rural development, aid effectiveness, environment, regional fisheries, food security, food policy, agriculture, developme...
EU Ministers Call for Policy Coherence in Post-2015 Agenda NEW
CTA Brussels Weblog 22 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
The Council of the European Union (EU) discussed and adopted the conclusions of its Foreign Affairs Council on coordination of international aid efforts in the context of the post-2015 development agenda, highlighting the need to approach the issues...
Caricom Cement commissions new plant in Guyana NEW
CTA Brussels Weblog 22 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
On 13 December, Caricom Cement Company Incorporated commissioned its newly constructed cement manufacturing plant at Everton, Berbice. The facility, which has a designed production capacity of some 11.7 million tpy of cement and more than 500 000 tpy...
Can Africa move away from aid to trade? NEW
CTA Brussels Weblog 1 Day, 15 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
What should it do to attract more private equity and how can it convert the illicit financial flows to funds for domestic resource mobilisation, climate change and conflict resolution – these are pertinent issues which affect the long-term deve...
Partnership between Kenya and Nigeria Aims to Reduce Food Imports NEW
CTA Brussels Weblog 1 Day, 15 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
According to the Foreign Agriculture Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, Africa imported a total of US$43.6 billion worth of agriculture supplies, including food, in 2011. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation...
Embrace intra-trade, SADC members advised NEW
CTA Brussels Weblog 1 Day, 15 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
The South African government says intra-trade, particularly in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), has for some time been undermined by low participation and alignment of domestic policies to regional and continental policies.Economic...
Rwanda connects to speedy regional payments system NEW
CTA Brussels Weblog 1 Day, 15 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
Rwanda became the fourth country in the region to go live on the East African Payments System (EAPS) which the government believes is going to ease and speed up doing business for Rwandans in the region.EAPS is a Real Time Gross Settlement System (RT...
AfDB Releases Report On Trade Finance in Africa NEW
CTA Brussels Weblog 1 Day, 15 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
Trade finance is essential for international trade. This financial intermediation helps firms to manage risks inherent in international transactions, improve their liquidity and enable them to optimally invest to enhance their growth. It is for this...
Rwanda: Farmers Acquire Skills to Trade On Commodities Exchange NEW
CTA Brussels Weblog 1 Day, 15 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
Farmers under co-operatives will no longer find it hard to trade their produce through Kigali-based East African Exchange (EAX.According to a statement from EAX, over 5,000 small-scale maize and bean farmers from 28 co-operatives in Kayonza and Rwama...
Intra-Comesa trade up, now at $21 billion NEW
CTA Brussels Weblog 1 Day, 15 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
Intra-regional trade in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) has steadily risen from $3 billion to $20.9 billion since the establishment of a Free Trade Area (FTA) in 2000. This, however, excludes the informal trade across the b...
Beyond tariff walls: Non-tariff hurdles in sub-Saharan Africa NEW
CTA Brussels Weblog 1 Day, 15 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
It is often said that international trade is no longer a game of tariffs but rather a game of quality, standards, and compliance with the requirements of the global market. Exporters, more specifically those from developing countries, feel this the m...
East Africa Gets $1.2bn World Bank Loan For Infrastructure NEW
CTA Brussels Weblog 1 Day, 16 Hours ago
The East African integration programme received a fresh boost recently when the World Bank agreed the release of a $1.2 billion loan to the states in the East African Community (EAC). The fund will be used to develop infrastructure and further the re...
Swaziland to increase intra-COMESA trade by US$1.9 billion NEW
CTA Brussels Weblog 1 Day, 16 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
This was said by Minister of Commerce, Industry and Trade Gideon Dlamini.The minister said products identified for potential export growth in Swaziland include milk, cream, fruits, nuts and other edible parts of plants, concentrates, textiles, wooden...
‘Germany will stand by Ghana in trying times’ NEW
CTA Brussels Weblog 1 Day, 18 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
The German Ambassador to Ghana, Mr John Rudiger, has stressed the resolve of Germany and the European Union (EU) to offer Ghana the needed assistance and tools for it to come out of the current economic challenges. “We know Ghana is currently g...
Crans Montana launch the Atlantic Africa Club in Dakhla NEW
CTA Brussels Weblog 2 Days, 17 Hours, 1 Minute ago
The Crans Montana Forum has announced the launch, in March 2015, of the Club of Atlantic Africa, which it describes as a “major initiative” in terms of development support and regional integration in Africa. “The club’s foundi...
Netherlands-Burkina Faso: mango and cashew nut collaboration NEW
CTA Brussels Weblog 2 Days, 17 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
On 2 December 2014, in Bobo-Dioulasso, the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Craft Trades, Bernard Zougouri, launched the project activities to support the marketing of dried mango and cashew nuts processed in Burkina Faso. The...
Cameroon: Radio – Development pathways boost agriculture NEW
CTA Brussels Weblog 2 Days, 17 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
The 16th annual congress of the Association Nkoul-Bebend, held last weekend in Abong-Mbang, ended with several strong declarations. Within the next few days, a community radio station, built with funding from the French Development Agency (AFD) and w...
Angola: the fisheries sector in the fight against hunger NEW
CTA Brussels Weblog 2 Days, 17 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
The Fisheries Minister, Victória de Barros Neto, declared on Saturday that the fisheries sector in Angola not only plays a very important role in the fight against hunger and poverty, but also helps to create jobs. The sector also contributes...
8. Côte d'Ivoire: the world’s leading processor of cocoa? NEW
CTA Brussels Weblog 2 Days, 17 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
With 520,000 tonnes of cocoa processed this year, Côte d'Ivoire ranks just behind the world’s largest processor, the Netherlands. The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) expects the West-African country to top the rankings next year.