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#FreshConnections: The realities of trading in Africa
#FreshConnections: The realities of trading in Africa

It's often agreed that the trickiest part of the supply chain is not the sourcing, but getting the product to the consumer...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 18 Aug 2017

David Williams
#AfricaMonth: Internal trade barriers show signs of falling

While the road ahead may still present significant challenges, some of Africa's most long-standing internal trade barriers are beginning to show signs of falling. We interview David Williams, Maersk Line Africa chief executive and global head of Safmarine to find out more...

By Ilse van den Berg 30 May 2017

[Source Africa 2015] Africa en vogue
[Source Africa 2015] Africa en vogue

Africa is certainly the next big thing when it comes to trading partners for the US, and the recent reauthorisation of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) for another 10 years has just made it even hotter...

By Nicci Botha 11 Jun 2015

[2013 trends] Africa's dynamic markets
[2013 trends] Africa's dynamic markets

The year 2013 for most brands, especially the ones coping with saturated markets in developed countries, will be a decisive one. Incorporating Africa into their corporate brand strategy, if they haven't done so, will be the better part of valour, so to speak.

By Obaika Consulting Team 31 Jan 2013

COMESA Summit ends, new chair appointed
COMESA Summit ends, new chair appointed

The 15th COMESA (Common Market for East and Southern Africa) Summit of Heads of State and Governments came to an end on Saturday 15 October 2011 with the announcement of the newly appointed chairman of COMESA, Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika.

By Gregory Gondwe 17 Oct 2011

Issa Sikiti da Silva
Africa's five major trends for potential growth

Population growth, rapid urbanisation, adoption of new technologies, unlocking of abundant resources and the deepening of the financial sector are the five major trends that are set to drive Africa's economic growth, Simon Freemantle, Standard Bank Africa senior analyst, told a media roundtable in Johannesburg, South Africa, yesterday, Thursday 6 October 2011.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 7 Oct 2011

Issa Sikiti da Silva
BRICS stimulate Angola's economic awakening

From a sleeping giant disabled by the ghosts of war, socio-political intolerance, neo-colonialism and human exploitation, Angola has risen to become one of Africa's emerging economic heavyweights and is now at a crossroads of history. Research shows that BRICS - Brazil, (the main culprit), China, India, and lately South Africa and to a minor extent Russia - feature strongly in the list of countries that are driving Angola's rise to the riches.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 24 Aug 2011

Gregory Gondwe
Malawi asks US to soften AGOA conditions

Malawi's position paper presented at the 10th African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) forum in Lusaka, Zambia has asked the US government to simplify its import approval procedures - without in any way sacrificing safety - in order to facilitate greater trade from Africa.

By Gregory Gondwe 13 Jun 2011

Surge in Zim retail imports triggers concern

Zimbabwe's central bank has called on government to halt what it called "deindustrialisation through over-reliance on imports of finished goods" after the distribution and retail sector accounted for the biggest jump in imports by value during the half year to June.

By Dumisani Ndlela 11 Aug 2010

Zim contends with strong rand to avoid food shortage

To control or not to control food imports from South Africa has become the single major headache for the Zimbabwe government, now facing spiralling inflation after a disinflationary period in 2009.

By Dumisani Ndlela 16 Jul 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

No cheers for Zim wines and spirits
No cheers for Zim wines and spirits

It's no longer cheers for local wine and spirit lovers. Come August, they will pay more for wines and spirits, after finance minister Tendai Biti increased customs duty on these products.

By Dumisani Ndlela 20 Jul 2009

Zim banks to import foreign cash

Zimbabwe's central bank has ordered banks to start importing foreign currency from their nostro accounts as banks began grappling with increasing demand for foreign cash, bankers said. A nostro account is a bank account established in a foreign country for the purpose of holding that country's currency.

By Sam Hungwe 20 Feb 2009

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