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Kenya to resume mangoes exports to the European market

Mangoes are notoriously considered as a high-risk fruit because of their attraction to fruit flies (Tephritidae). In order to be imported in the EU, the exporter has to obtain a phytosanitary document from the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) in his country (that in case of Kenya is the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service, KEPHIS). The phytosanitary certificate, which states that the fruit is pest-free, must be transmitted to the importer in the country of destination of the shipment and submitted to the phytosanitary authorities for approval.

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African ports affected by low connectivity to maritime transportation networks

The port connectivity is an index that measures how well a port connects to others in the maritime transportation network and its ability to be reached by regular liner services. This index can help both port operators and ocean liners to better plan their positioning and market strategies.

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Burundi and the DRC to start implementation of the COMESA Simplified Trade Regime

Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo have taken steps for starting the implementation of the COMESA Simplified Trade Regime (STR) for facilitating small scale trade at their common borders for goods with a value of USD 500 or less per batch.

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Service sector main contributor to the African GDP

According to the African Economic Outlook 2020, presented by the African Development Bank on March 2021, the service sector represented in 2020 about 53 per cent of the aggregated Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Africa, while the industrial sector contribution was only 36%.

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Ethiopia and Kenya adopt operational procedure manual for the Moyale OSBP

The government of Ethiopia and Kenya officially adopted on 15 September 2021 an operational procedure manual for border operations at the Moyale One Stop Border Post (OSBP).

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