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Ethiopia plans to expand its railway network to diversify trade routes

As part of its port diversification strategy, Ethiopia is undertaking a series of pre-feasibility studies for evaluating the development of railway links with the Berbera (Somalia), Lamu (Kenya), and Assab and Massawa (Eritrea) ports. Conducted by the Ethiopian Railway Corporation (ERC), the national railway operator of Ethiopia, these studies are aimed at exploring alternatives to Djibouti ports and corridors, that currently handle over 80 percent of Ethiopian trade, in an attempt to diversify its import and export routes.

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The WTO SPS and TBT Information Management Systems

Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures are measures adopted by governments to ensure either that food domestically produced or entering into their territory is safe for consumers, or to prevent the spread of pests or diseases among animals and plants. They are regulated by the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS Agreement), which aims to ensure that these measures are actually introduced to protect human, animal, plant life or health and not for pure protectionist purposes.

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Africa and AfCFTA implementation: investments needed to expand truck, vessel, aircraft and railway capacity

During the 5th Africa Business Forum organized on 7 February 2022 by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) as a side-event of the 35th ordinary session of the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government, the findings of a recent UNECA report on the implications of the AfCFTA for the transport industry were presented.

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Benin adopts export surcharges to control prices of certain agricultural products

Despite the good performance of agriculture, the Benin economy is facing since the second half of 2020 a continuous rise in prices of some agricultural products due to the increasing demand from neighboring countries, which has caused prices to soar due to their reduced availability in the internal market.

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Sixth European Union - African Union Summit starts

European Union leaders and African Union member states will meet in Brussels (Belgium) for the sixth European Union - African Union Summit on 17 and 18 February 2022. The 2022 Summit will be an occasion for rethinking the EU’s approach towards Africa, in the face of major new economic developments and transformations that have recently taken place on the continent, most recently with the creation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which aims at increasing Africa’s trade position in the global market and to strengthen its voice in global trade negotiations.

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