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Industrialization in Africa: growing, but not uniformly distributed

According to the study Strengthening Africa’s capacity to trade published by the World Trade Organisation (WTO), since 2000, most of African countries have maintained their structure of commodity-dependent countries, recording, as a continent, the highest growth rate (70 per cent) in the number of agricultural product categories exported, compared to others regions in the world. The report also reveals that the number of industrial product categories exported from 2000 to 2017 increased by 70 per cent, recording the strongest growth rate in industry export diversification between 2000 and 2017, followed by Asia (31 per cent) and America (17 per cent).

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The importance of national implementing strategies for a successful AfCFTA implementation

During a meeting held in Addis Ababa from 14 to 15 May 2018, the Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, highlighted the need for each AU member State to develop specific AfCFTA national strategies as a critical step for the AfCFTA Agreement to be operationalised, so that this agreement will deliver its expected outcomes.

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Assessing the reliability of counterparts in international transactions: the Kenyan i-Screen system

The i-Screen Kenya portal is a solution developed in Kenya by Kentrade (a state-agency under the National Treasury and Ministry of Finance that is mandated to facilitate cross border trade), to offer the Kenyan trading community a web-based tool for assessing the reliability of potential trading partners abroad so to minimize cases of frauds in international transactions.

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Survey in the EAC shows poor awareness of AfCFTA by the private sector

The East African Community (EAC) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) have published the results of a survey on the views of the private sector on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and on how this sector perceives the opportunities, constraints and policy reforms needed to maximize its benefits. The report reveals that an important share of respondents is still unaware of AfCFTA, its status of implementation, its benefits, and the level of political will that is required from African governments to effectively drive the implementation process.

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Lake Victoria to become a transport hub increasing connectivity in East Africa

Located in the third largest city in Kenya, on the shores of Lake Victoria, the second largest freshwater lake in the world, the Kisumu port is one of the key priority projects of the Kenyan government that is expected to increase connectivity in the East African Community, and in Africa in general.

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