Daily Archives: November 9, 2016

The Ripple Effect: The Role of Women in African Economic Development

marieke-shukla-headshotBy Marieke Shukla

Abstract

Africa is a continent with incredible hope and opportunity along with incredible challenges.  When visiting Africa, one hears about challenges regarding basic human needs such as nutrition and health care.  One also hears about the leadership challenges South Africa currently faces. Upon further reflection after visits to several organizations, including Olam International, Philani, and the African Leadership Academy, it is clear that women in Africa are uniquely positioned to move the continent forward economically and politically.  Based on the author’s experience in South Africa, there are three key areas where women can have a substantial impact: (i) agriculture, (ii) health education and (iii) leadership in politics and business.  These areas will be the focus of the analysis below. read more

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East Africa: Pharmaceutical Sector To Experience Growth Upon Foreign Investment

There is a significantly large growth opportunity and the region’s manufacturers are able to meet but only 30% of the demand in the pharmaceutical industry leaving the remaining 70% for imports.  Raising of capital to improve product quality has been the limiting factor for most of these local producers. read more

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SWIFT’s messaging traffic grows by 15.8% in West Africa

Figures released at the SWIFT Business Forum West Africa show that the region has outperformed the total growth of SWIFT globally read more

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GFI Launches Database–GFTrade–to help Developing Countries Generate Millions in Additional Public Revenue

Global Financial Integrity (GFI) launches its new database tool—GFTrade—with real-time price analyses to measure trade misinvoicing risks for 80,000 goods categories. Trade misinvoicing accounts for hundreds of billions in illicit financial flows from developing countries, and in curtailing these outflows, GFTrade would generate millions of dollars in additional domestic revenue. read more

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Cameroon: stage set for inclusive and sustainable cities

The US$500 thousand project, which covers Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Morocco, Uganda and Zambia, has been commissioned within the 9th tranche of the UN’s Development Account read more

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ASEAN region reaches out to Africa

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The US$2.6 trillion ASEAN market is seeking increased bilateral trade with Africa read more

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UK Trade Mission visit in Guinea

A UK trade delegation visited Guinea from October 31 to November 3, 2016 to meet with local mining companies. The objective of this mission was to meet with mining stakeholders in Guinea to find business and partnerships opportunities. The delegation included representatives of some companies such as Concrete Canvas, PW Mining International Limited, SRK Consulting, Joy Global, MonuRent and the UK International Trade Department. read more

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Zambia’s import economy versus withdrawal of subsidies

By Hicks Sikazwe

Despite that Zambia for a long time has been copper production leader in Africa (now second to the Democratic Republic of the Congo), the country has largely been an importing nation. read more

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