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EU bans importation of fishery products from Cameroon

With a press release issued on 5 January, the European Commission announced its intention to include Cameroon in the list of “non-cooperating countries” in the framework of its fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Even though the final decision has to be adopted by the EU Council, in the meantime, the EU Member States are obliged – as an interim measure -  to refuse the importation of fishery products from Cameroon even if accompanied by catch certificates validated by the national authorities.

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Supporting the informal sector in Africa: the Tambula e-marketplace experience

As everybody knows, the informal sector represents a large and growing share of the economy and of the employment force in all developing economies, including Africa. Although the definition of informality varies across countries, informal sector workers are generally those who do not have secure employment contracts and do not have benefits or access to a social safety net. They usually earn little, and are at a high risk of poverty. In realizing the importance of the informal sector for its economy, Namibia developed a smart and innovative solution to support informal vendors by offering them an online marketplace called “Tambula” for making their products or services accessible to a larger market. African problem, African solution.

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New deal intensifies competition between the Mombasa and Dar es Salaam ports for the dominance of trade routes in East Africa

On 20 December 2022, Tanzania signed a contract with two Chinese companies to build the final section of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) line, which will link the country's main port with its neighbours. This section, corresponding to 506 kilometres of railway tracks, will link the port of Dar es Salaam to the city of Mwanza on the southern edge of Lake Victoria, with eventual stretches to Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Uganda.

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Ethiopia publishes its national blue economy strategy

Despite being a landlocked country, Ethiopia has adopted a five-year (2023-2027) national Blue economy strategy, in an attempt to harness the potential of its freshwater ecosystems while, at the same time, protecting the large biodiversity of its territory. The term “Blue Economy” is generally referred to the sustainable use of marine and aquatic ecosystems for promoting economic growth. It covers all water resources, including lakes, groundwater and rivers, in addition to oceans and the coast. Typical blue economy sectors include fisheries, aquaculture (a sector that in Ethiopia is still at an infantile stage), tourism, inland water transport, ports, energy and mining, with links to many other sectors.

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UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics version 2022 available

Statistical information is indispensable for policymakers and for orienting the framing and drafting of policies and public strategies, and not only. The UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics is an important source in this regard, as it provides a wide range of statistics and indicators relevant to the analysis of international trade, economy, investment, maritime transport, and development worldwide. The 2022 edition of the UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics is also available on the UNCTAD website in a dedicated page structured as an interactive tool offering access to the main data gathered in the publication, including maps and charts. Users have also a direct access to the UNCTADstat database, a tool containing real time trade statistics on goods and services, including quarterly data, for approximately 130 countries in the world.

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