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18 March 2014, 12:00 pm

The Secretary of State of the UK‚Äôs Department for International Development (DFID) has terminated its financial contribution to TradeMark Southern Africa (TMSA), as announced on 4 December 2013.  The Secretary of State‚Äôs written statement to Parliament on TMSA‚Äôs early closure, and the reasons she gave for this decision, can be accessed here.

African connections
17 March 2014, 12:00 pm

Cairo:  With a market of nearly 400 million people, total annual exports of $110 billion, and total annual imports of $100 billion, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa is Africa's largest regional economic bloc. However, Egyptian businessmen attending COMESA meetings this year and held recently in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been worried that the freeze on Cairo's membership in the African Union (AU) will damage its business prospects in the region and that the country is not making best advantage of its membership of the bloc. Amany Asfour, the first woman and the first Egyptian to head the COMESA Business Council, told Al-Ahram Weekly that the freeze on AU membership was not hampering Egypt's ties with COMESA members. Any misconceptions about Egypt in Africa, she said, were a by-product of European media prejudice and could be corrected by appropriate action.

Botswana‚Äôs experiment with diamond beneficiation ‚Äď will it succeed?
17 March 2014, 12:00 pm

Gaborone: In Zambia the World Bank together with UKaid have argued strenuously that copper beneficiation is not do-able. In Botswana and South Africa the World Bank dispatched Professor Hausman in 2011 to convince governments not to beneficiate. But the idea that Africa will just continue to (efficiently) dig holes in the ground and export unprocessed raw materials making China, India and Europe rich from the processing is absolute anathema in most African capitals. The argument is so instinctively repulsive to Africans that it makes aging middle class African officials, who were schooled in beneficiation in European universities,  remember their liberation struggle days and start using long forgotten rhetoric about ‚Äėeconomic imperialism‚Äô.

Case studies on leveraging private investment for infrastructure
17 March 2014, 12:00 pm

Paris:  The Aid for Infrastructure Investment work stream of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) is currently exploring ways for donors to collectively more and better leverage private investment for infrastructure. Part of this work will consist of carrying out case studies on developing country infrastructure with private participation to draw lessons-learned on the role of development partners in leveraging private investment. This paper provides an overview of infrastructure projects with private investment in infrastructure based on data extracted from the Private Participation in Infrastructure (PPI) Database of the World Bank. It also includes the Terms of Reference and project proposals for case studies to be carried out per region. The data analysis by number of infrastructure projects with private participation shows that two thirds of projects are supported by multilateral development banks (MDBs) only. The rest of the projects is split equally between joint multilateral and bilateral support on the one hand and bilateral support only on the other.

Central bank governors to meet over monetary policy
17 March 2014, 12:00 pm

Kampala:  African Central Bank governors are scheduled to meet in Kampala, Uganda this week with a view to improve their economies‚Äô monetary policies. The meeting slated for March 17 to 18, will allow the continent‚Äôs governors to chart a way forward in implementing a modern monetary policy that has been recommended by International Monetary Fund (IMF) to mitigate both internal and external risks in their economies.

Corporate India struggles to crack Kenyan market
17 March 2014, 12:00 pm

Nairobi:  Tuesday‚Äôs disqualification of Olive Telecommunications from the list of companies competing to supply the Kenya government with laptop computers for schools and the impending exit of Essar from the local telecoms market have cast a dark cloud over the quest by Indian firms to expand their footprint in East Africa‚Äôs largest economy. The developments came a few months after Essar Energy - another Indian corporate giant - sold its entire stake in Kenya Petroleum Refineries, arguing that it was no longer feasible to continue investing in a facility whose technology is obsolete in an inhibitive regulatory environment.

Database of regional and national industrial policies
17 March 2014, 12:00 pm

Pretoria:  At their meeting held in Johannesburg, South Africa on 12th June 2011, the Heads of State and Governments of COMESA, EAC and SADC agreed to adopt a developmental approach to the Tripartite integration process. The process is anchored on three pillars namely: Market Integration based on the Tripartite Free Trade Area (FTA); Infrastructure Development to enhance connectivity and reduce costs of doing business; and Industrial Development to address productive capacity and supply-side constraints. The Summit directed that a programme of work and a roadmap be developed on the industrial development pillar.

DBSA, EU launch multi-billion fund for infrastructure development
17 March 2014, 12:00 pm

Midrand:  The Ambassador of the European Union to South Africa, His Excellency Mr. Roeland van de Geer and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) CEO, Mr. Patrick Dlamini today launched the ‚ā¨100 million (R1.5 billion) ground breaking Infrastructure Investment Programme for South Africa (IIPSA), to provide grant funding in support of loans for essential infrastructure projects in South Africa and the region. The fund was established following a joint initiative between the Government of South Africa and the European Union, and forms part of the EU's broader intervention under its country strategy for South Africa.  

East African Community gears up for single info platform for integration
17 March 2014, 12:00 pm

Arusha: East African countries could soon have one communication platform on matters to do with regional integration. Ministries of East African Community (EAC) affairs, the Arusha-based secretariat and organs and institutions of the Community will streamline their communication channels for better information on regional matters. The move was agreed during the fourth EAC Communication Policy and Strategy Forum early this week, where joint communication and sensitisation strategies and activities were raised.

Economic benefits of an efficient North-South Corridor: final report
17 March 2014, 12:00 pm

Pretoria: This report is the first update of the first report entitled ‚ÄúEconomic Benefits of an Efficient North South Corridor ‚Äď Strategic Level Analysis of Investments in the North South Corridor using HDM-4‚ÄĚ published in April 2009. The North-South Corridor is a pilot Aid for Trade programme which is being administered through the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite process that focuses on transport and transit issues. The North-South Corridor runs between the port of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to the Copperbelt of Zambia and DR Congo and down through Zimbabwe and Botswana to the ports in southern Africa, taking in ‚Äėspur‚Äô connections through Malawi and Mozambique in the east.  The pilot programme aims to bring together the initiatives which are taking place along this corridor and identify missing links and activities so that they can be dealt with in a coordinated manner.

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