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African Exchanges Should Focus on Smaller Businesses

By Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita, Chairman, Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) The African growth story is no longer a fairy tale. Over the past decade multinational companies, private equity funds and infrastructure development programmes have channeled capital to the continent as they began to realise the true potential it holds, but like most …

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Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) Week 2016 Pens with Calls for Accelerated Job Creation through Infrastructure Development for Africa’s Transformation

This year’s gathering organized under the theme, “Creating Jobs through Regional Infrastructure Development,” has drawn over 250 participants and stakeholders representing Member States, private sector, development partners and project owners Africa has to provide employment opportunities for its youth if it is to harness their potential and contribute to the …

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‘Immediate action’ needed as millions in north-eastern Nigeria face food insecurity – UN

In a situation update, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said the urgently needed funds would tackle food insecurity among returnee, internally displaced and host communities Warning that ongoing unrest and rising inflation have left more than five million people in restive north-east Nigeria facing acute food insecurity, the United …

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Improve transport infrastructure and the competitiveness of West Africa

On the whole, the statistics available reveal that West Africa lags way behind in terms of infrastructure, in general and transport infrastructure, in particular The Sub-Regional Office for West Africa of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA/SRO-WA), in collaboration with the Senegalese Government, organized an ad-hoc experts’ group …

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High Interest Rates: How do they impact Small Businesses in East Africa?

Better access to low-interest funding could spur growth of East African Small & Medium Businesses Small & Medium Businesses in East Africa should be looking at ways to maximise their efficiency and improve debt management to navigate the risks that high interest rates pose for their businesses. That’s the word …

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Africa Trade Week 2016 (ATW2016): Invitation to Representatives of the Media

Theme: “Advancing Socio-Economic Structural Transformation through Intra-Africa Trade” When: Monday 28 November – Friday 2 December 2016 Where: AU Headquarters, Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia Who: Organised by the Department of Trade and Industry in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Objective: The ATW2016 will focus on the Continental …

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Be Online Shopping Savvy this Black Friday and Cyber Monday

The promotional sales hype this weekend is the perfect spring board for the festive season deals which follow it. It spells the start of the peak season for retailers and in theory, every consumer’s dream – special discounts, free gifts and free delivery Consumers need to understand international shipping processes in …

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Three New Investments Strengthen UK Support to Egypt

Three New Investments Strengthen UK Support to Egypt as Number 1 Investor Since 2011, Foreign Direct Investment inflows from the UK have amounted to USD30 billion. On Tuesday 8 November British Ambassador to Egypt John Casson attended the inauguration of GlaxoSmithKline’s newest liquid line in Egypt, an EGP65 million investment …

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