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Africa Continues to Grow Strongly Despite Global Slowdown, Although Significantly Less Poverty Remains Elusive
WASHINGTON, April 15, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ – Economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is likely to reach more than 5 per cent on average in 2013-2015 as a result of high commodity prices worldwide and strong consumer spending on the continent, ensuring that the region remains amongst the fastest growing in the world — according to the World Bank’s latest Africa’s Pulse, a twice-yearly analysis of the issues shaping Africa’s economic prospects.
New World Bank report offers policymakers roadmap for building resilient sustainable cities
Study Points to New Ways of Thinking about Urban Water Management Using Integrated Approaches
The World Bank 2013 Doing Business report cites the UK as one of the world’s three best jurisdictions for obtaining credit. But the report does not give the full picture, argues Russell Bedford International chairman Geoff Goodyear.
London, United Kingdom, November, 2012 –(PR.com)– Now in its 10th year, the World Bank Doing Business report series assesses regulations affecting domestic firms in 185 economies, ranking each on the basis of various criteria including ease of starting a business, insolvency resolution and cross-border trade.
The latest report, Doing Business 2013: Smarter Regulations for Small and Medium-Size Enterprises, shows the UK again at the top of the rankings (with Malaysia and South Africa) on the ease of obtaining credit – a position Russell Bedford International chairman Geoff Goodyear feels might be misinterpreted. “Russell Bedford firms have contributed to the World Bank Doing Business survey since 2009, and we’re proud to do so. But the report does not give the full picture regarding access to credit and its real cost. It may be the case, as the report suggests, that the regulatory environment for obtaining credit in the UK is better than anywhere else in the world. However, other research suggests German companies find it far easier to secure credit, while American businesses pay considerably less for it than their UK competitors.”
By Thandisizwe Mgudlwa
A new and fast growth in the South African private education schools market is certainly taking place.
Overcoming barriers to international cooperation on river basins critical for food, energy, and water security says World Bank report
STOCKHOLM, 2012 – Against a backdrop of increased volatility in international food prices and energy supply, due in part to water availability, a new World Bank report calls for greater international cooperation on the 80% of the world’s rivers that cross national boundaries.
Africa Loses Billions in Potential Trade Earnings, Falls Short of Vast Promise in Cross-Border Business―New World Bank Report
Press Release No:2012/239/AFR
Washington, February 7, 2012 – With African leaders now calling for a continental free trade area by 2017 to boost trade within the continent, a new World Bank report shows how African countries are losing out on billions of dollars in potential trade earnings every year because of high trade barriers with neighboring countries, and that it is easier for Africa to trade with the rest of the world than with itself.