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Domestic revenue mobilization vs customs revenues: the challenge for Africa

According to the recent Revenue Statistics in Africa report, a publication of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released jointly with the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration (CTP), the OECD Development Centre (DEV), the African tax Administration Forum (ATAF) and the African Union Commission (AUC), domestic revenue mobilization in Africa is significantly low, compared with other geographic regions, mainly because of the limited size of the manufacturing sector and to its reduced contribution - in terms of taxes collected from this compartment of the economy - to the budget of African States. In 2017, on average, tax revenues collected by inland revenues authorities in Africa represented only 17.2% of GDP, while in Latin America and Caribbean countries this percentage reaches 22.8% and 34.2% in OECD countries.

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The Implications of AfCFTA for transport in Africa

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) promises to increase trade between African countries by eliminating import duties on their respective imports and reducing non-tariff barriers that affect intra-African trade. In order to achieve this objective, accelerated investments in infrastructure and equipment are needed.

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Which value chains can boost Made in Africa?

The AfCFTA Secretariat and UNDP released a new report that identifies 10 strategic potential Value Chains that can be developed in the future in the continent to enhance production capacity and competitiveness and increase trade within the single liberalized market constituting one of the main objectives of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

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EAC Council of Ministers gives green light to the DRC to join the Community

The EAC Council of Ministers, during their 44th Extra-Ordinary Meeting held on November 22, 2021 in Arusha, Tanzania, formally decided to admit the Democratic Republic of Congo to the East Africa Community.

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Kenya plans to establish new OSBPs at land borders with Ethiopia and Somalia

Kenya plans to establish new One-Stop Border Posts (OSBPs) at land borders with Ethiopia and Somalia to spur regional trade.

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