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Davies maps route for free trade area

CAPE TOWN: The first phase of setting up a free trade area across 26 countries in Africa is expected to come into effect in three years, trade and industry minister Rob Davies said on Monday, 13 June 2011.

14 Jun 2011

Herman Manson
[Netprophet 2011] African ecommerce market has a long way to go

A billion Africans and 50 million bank accounts. In South Africa, credit cards are used by only 16.5% of the population (2008). No African country comes close to 1% of total retail spend spent online - the magic figure which constitutes the tipping point for digital retail growth. No wonder, then, that the ecommerce market in Africa hasn't bloomed.

By Herman Manson: @marklives 12 May 2011

Libyan exodus shrinks remittances

CAIRO: The exodus of migrants streaming out of Libya due to ongoing unrest has highlighted the heavy dependence of some countries on remittances from their citizens working abroad. In several countries this flow has now become choked.

By Simba Russeau 15 Apr 2011

Egypt textile workers suspend strike

CAIRO: Workers at Egypt's largest factory have suspended a strike in support of the revolt that toppled strongman Hosni Mubarak but will continue to press for higher wages, they told AFP on Sunday (13 February 2011).

15 Feb 2011

Egypt's central bank to close for third day

CAIRO: The Egyptian Central Bank announced on Monday, 31 January 2011, that it would be closed for a third day on Tuesday amid unrest in the country.

1 Feb 2011

Unemployment, inflation worries hit consumer confidence
Unemployment, inflation worries hit consumer confidence

NEW YORK, US: Consumer confidence fell in 25 out of 52 countries in Q4 2010 as hope for a global economic recovery evaporated at the end of last year, according to the latest edition of the Nielsen Global Consumer Confidence Index, which tracks consumer confidence, major concerns and spending intentions among online consumers.

27 Jan 2011

[2011 trends] Ever-changing ad industry, constantly developing trends
[2011 trends] Ever-changing ad industry, constantly developing trends

So what we can expect to see in 2011? The industry is always changing and new trends are constantly developing and therefore it is crucial to keep the following top of mind.

By Adene van der Walt 18 Jan 2011

[2011 trends] It's a Wild. Wired. Wellthy. World!
[2011 trends] It's a Wild. Wired. Wellthy. World!

The recent global recession has changed our world forever. In a new digital age, characterised by oversupply and too many product types in almost every market, the challenge for companies will be to locate and capture pools of high-profit demand and be able to move with speed and flexibility to take advantage of them. Here are 11 trends for 2011.

By Gisele Wertheim Aymes 18 Jan 2011

[2011 trends] A year of hard work for brands
[2011 trends] A year of hard work for brands

If 2010 could be summed up as soccer, vuvuzelas and national pride, 2011 will be all about the hard work of restoring the economy to sustainable growth, paying attention to environmental concerns and mastering the technologies that are changing the world. Here are a few trends to watch in 2011.

By Janice Spark 17 Jan 2011

Training essential in IT sales environment
Training essential in IT sales environment

I am a good example of a connected, discerning customer who already has done most of his research even before entering a store and I usually shop around looking for the best deals from different vendors. Therefore, I was armed with all the information I needed and I knew the different offerings from the two major outlets selling the new Apple iMac. I was setting the outlets up for a bit of healthy competition by visiting both just before making my decision where to lay down my credit card.

By Daniel Silke 29 Dec 2010

Developments in world of shopping

Walmart's offer to acquire 51% of Massmart has put SA in the display case for retailers intent on global expansion.

By Sasha Planting 28 Dec 2010

FIFA fears impact of marketing agent's collapse

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND: World football's governing body FIFA said on Thursday, 23 December 2010, that it feared the financial impact of the collapse of its main product licensing agent, Singapore-based Global Brands Group (GBG).

24 Dec 2010

Egypt launches oil project to boost nutrition

CAIRO: Egypt has launched a national project to protect its population from vitamin deficiencies, with production beginning this week of vitamin-enriched vegetable oil. The project is in partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN).

5 Nov 2010

Hope for full global economic recovery in 2010 diminishes
Hope for full global economic recovery in 2010 diminishes

NEW YORK, US: After an upbeat start to the year with two consecutive quarters of increases in optimism, global consumer confidence fell three points in September to an Index of 90 as consumers' hopes for a full economic recovery this year fades in most parts of the world, according to the latest edition of the Nielsen Global Consumer Confidence Index.

27 Oct 2010

Food cartels feast on Ramadan profits

CAIRO: Opportunistic food traders have been blamed for soaring food prices across the Middle East that have added a financial burden on families observing the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

By Cam McGrath 18 Aug 2010

UK plan to boost Sudan trade

The United Kingdom's minister for Africa pledged on Monday (26 July 2010) to increase bilateral trade with Sudan during his first official visit to the country.

29 Jul 2010

Chemical company gets Best Global Business in Africa award
Chemical company gets Best Global Business in Africa award

Yara International ASA, one of the world's leading chemical companies that convert energy, natural minerals and nitrogen from the air into essential products for farmers and industrial customers, has won the 'Best Global Business in Africa' award. Other nominees were BMW, Barclays, Anglo American and Diageo.

23 Jun 2010

USAID launches FARM program in Sudan

KARTHOUM: The US government, acting through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), on Tuesday, 19 May 2010, launched a new agricultural program in partnership with the Sudan government.

18 May 2010

False-colour infrared image of Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano acquired Sat., April 17, 2010, by the Advanced Land Imager (ALI) instrument onboard NASA's Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) spacecraft. Strong thermal emissions, shown in red, are visible at the base of the ash plume and above and to the right from earlier lava flows located at Fimmvorduhals. This ALI image is 38km wide, and has a resolution of 30m per pixel. Up is north-northeast. (Image: NASA/JPL/EO-1 Mission/GSFC/Ashley Davies)
Delayed by volcano

The eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano had a massive impact on many spheres - from the airlines, to events, to travel, to health, import and exports, and more, and its impact is likely to be felt for a long time - and that's even should the eruption cease completely - which it hasn't!

By Rod Baker 29 Apr 2010

FIFA World Cup: 2.2m tickets sold, 500 000 still available
FIFA World Cup: 2.2m tickets sold, 500 000 still available

The 2010 FIFA World Cup is slowly but surely edging closer to a full stadium syndrome, with 2.2 million tickets sold so far. The remaining 500 000 tickets will go on sale on 15 April 2010 during the last ticket sale phase, which includes over-the-counter sales at designated FIFA ticketing centres nationwide, the organisers announced today, Friday, 9 April.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 9 Apr 2010

2010 Autumn Trade Fair to surpass records - OITE
2010 Autumn Trade Fair to surpass records - OITE

MUSCAT: The Autumn Trade Fair (ATF) in Oman will take place from 24 March to 2 April 2010 at the Oman International Exhibition Centre. ATF 2010 currently has over 400 confirmed exhibitors from countries including Pakistan, Syria, UAE, Egypt, Yemen, Kuwait and Malaysia.

3 Feb 2010

2010: after third phase, tickets go to PMAs
2010: after third phase, tickets go to PMAs

FIFA has agreed to create a new participating member associations (PMAs) sales phase between 9 February and 7 April 2010, it announced on Friday, 15 January 2010. Only one such phase had previously been planned, which closed on 13 January 2010.

18 Jan 2010

Libya, FAO agree on close cooperation
Libya, FAO agree on close cooperation

ROME: Libya and the FAO plan to work closely together over the next five years to strengthen food security and sustainable development in the country.

23 Nov 2009

MNA needs stronger private sector - WB
MNA needs stronger private sector - WB

CAIRO: A new report released by the World Bank's Middle East and North Africa (MNA) region, From Privilege to Competition: Unlocking private-led growth in the Middle East and North Africa, has found that the private sector is not yet generating enough jobs and sustaining higher growth in the region.

9 Nov 2009

New irrigation techniques yield gains in Morocco

Modified irrigation practices have decreased water usage for crops by 40% in the Beni Mellal region of Morocco, while increasing wheat crop yields by 50% to 80% since 2004.

By Amy Lieberman 31 Aug 2009

Hisense builds sales in Africa

China's expansion programme into the African market is helping its companies grow their presence on the continent.

By Hopewell Radebe 26 Aug 2009

Price regulations and conservation key to confronting water scarcity

Water scarcity left 1.4 billion people living in “closed basin” regions in 2008, though that number is expected to grow to 1.8 billion by 2025, according to Worldwatch Institute, an independent research organisation that focuses on global sustainability issues.

By Amy Lieberman 20 Aug 2009

Egypt: Plenty of sun, nobody catching any rays

CAIRO: Egypt receives some of the highest annual solar radiation in the world, yet the desert country remains heavily dependent on fossil fuels.

By Cam McGrath 30 Jul 2009

Niger: Late rains put crops at risk

NIAMEY: Low rainfall has disrupted the planting season throughout Niger as farmers who sowed seeds in May are forced to replant when their first crops died, according to the national association of farmers.

17 Jul 2009

Launch of fourth annual Makhulu Polane design competition
Launch of fourth annual Makhulu Polane design competition

The annual Makhulu Polane t-shirt design competition is open for entries from Thursday, 16 July 2009. This local initiative was started by Big Blue in 2006 in a quest to discover and support fresh home-grown talent.

15 Jul 2009

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