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Political risk as a deterrent to industrialization of Africa

Many agree that the construction of the African Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) can be an important opportunity for advancing the industrialization of the African continent, as the newly established Free Trade Area (FTA) will offer opportunities to both African and foreign investors to establish productive units in one or more African countries from where they can serve the markets in all the continent. But there are other factors that influence investors' choices and that are necessary for creating the climate of confidence that in necessary in order this situation to materialise. Among these, the political stability. We explore such criterion in our post on our blog.

Kazungula OSBP officially begins operations

The Kazungula bridge is a 925m long bridge connecting Zambia and Botswana that will replace the existing ferry service in ensuring the movement of people and cargo from one edge to the other of the Zambezi river.

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‘Bad trade’ and risks of stifling local production in Africa

‘Bad trade’ and risks of stifling local production in Africa, on our blog, an analysis of the consequences of trade models based on the export of raw materials and import of manufactured and industrial goods (as it happens in most of African countries).

AfCFTA and export growth opportunities for Kenya and other COMESA countries

Since the beginning of 2021, Africa officially started trading under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement. According to the AfCFTA Secretariat, already after a few days from the date when the AfCFTA became operational, on 4 January, two maritime shipments of beverage and cosmetic products have been traded from Ghana to South Africa and Guinea under the AfCFTA rules. In order to increase awareness about the export opportunities arising from this agreement, the International Trade Centre (ITC) published a report that focuses on the COMESA region and explores its potential to export to regional markets so to benefit from the trade opportunities created by the AfCFTA.

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Ethiopia to open up the multimodal sector for private actors

Ethiopia introduced in 2017 a legal framework to regulate multimodal transport (i.e. the usage of multiple modes of transportation under a single contract concluded with a carrier assuming the responsibility for the transportation of cargo for the entire journey), with the Multimodal Transport of Goods Proclamation No. 548/2007, which was largely modelled on the UNCTAD/ICC Rules on Multimodal Transport documents. The Multimodal Transport System (MTS), however, was implemented in the country only in 2012, following the adoption, by the Ethiopian Ministry of Transport, of the Multimodal Transport Implementation Directive, effective since January 1, 2012.

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