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AfCFTA: a summary of main achievements at the onset of its second year of implementation

After the official launch of the AfCFTA Secretariat, which opened in Accra on 17 August 2020, followed by the beginning of trade under the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) - originally planned for 1 July 2020 and subsequently delayed to 1th January 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic - an article published on Africa Renewal takes stock of the status of the AfCFTA implementation at the beginning of its second year of operationalisation.


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.


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.


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.


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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