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Tokyo-led Africa Development Summit to be hosted by Kenya in August

Kenyan President Uhuru Ken-yatta said Sunday the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development, which Japan cosponsors with the United Nations and the African Union, will be held in Nairobi on Aug. 27 and 28.   Kenyatta made the announcement at a joint news conference with Katsuyuki Kawai, a special adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.   TICAD has been held in Japan every five.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 24th February 2016

BIA and Cummins extend partnership in Africa

 BIA, a Belgium-based company, is now the official distributor of a select range of Cummins’ products in Congo, DR Congo, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire QSK95The Cummins QSK95 Series generator has a high-horsepower engine (from 3500 to 4375 kVA)  This is especially noteworthy, considering the limited levels of industrialisation towards the western parts of.... Read more »

Posted on : Monday , 8th February 2016

Africa: AU in Plans to Set Up Free Trade Area

 The African Union's Commissioner for Trade and Industry Fatima Acyl has called for structural transformation to create jobs that will improve the wellbeing of the African people.   Ms Acyl, who was speaking at a meeting in Addis last week, before the African Union summit, said the backbone of the AU's industrial transformation plan is the African Mining Vision, and the creation of a Continental Free Trade Area.   The mining.... Read more »

Posted on : Friday , 5th February 2016

Africa sole continent likely to achieve double-digit economic growth by 2025

 Africa is set to become the second fastest growing continent by 2025, with GDP set to touch US$4.5 trillion joburgdevelopment paulsaad flickrRapid urbanisation could lead to several Africans living and working in large cities.  A Frost and Sullivan report, in the form of a video titled Mega Trends in Africa, states that urbanisation, mobility, infrastructure, natural resources, telecom and inter-regional trade could make Africa the.... Read more »

Posted on : Friday , 5th February 2016

Industrial technology is raisining Kenya’s GDP

The word ‘economy’ has connotations of big business, office-based industry and online-based markets Kenya John WollwerthMobile technology is important in Kenya with 82 per cent of the population owning a mobile phone. Economies like the US and the UK are largely based on retail and the service sector, providing a strong flow of GDP and adding to growth. For Kenya, farming and agriculture come to mind, contributing as of the.... Read more »

Posted on : Monday , 1st February 2016

Tanzania Plans $10bn Mega-Port

 In a bid to transform Bangamoyo, Tanzania into a regional trade and logistics hub, the Tanzanian government has secured investments totalling $10 billion to build a mega-port, according to Tuscor Lloyds.   The project has received around $10.7 billion in finance from China and Oman, which will be used to develop port facilities in order to boost Bagamoyo’s capacity to 20 million TEU.   As well as seeing an increase in.... Read more »

Posted on : Monday , 1st February 2016

Exports hold the key to Kenya’s economic take-off

 Kenya’s import orientation has revealed key flaws. One clear problem is having a chronic and substantial current account deficit.   Secondly the government has to be hawk-eyed about the shilling depreciation to keep import bills manageable. Third, the country is unable to generate forex to pay foreign-denominated debt.   Finally, Kenya’s import economy exacerbates the country’s unemployment.... Read more »

Posted on : Monday , 1st February 2016

East Africa and China deepen ties, sign trade agreement

 Djibouti’s president has signed an agreement with China to set up a trade zone and establish legal framework to let Chinese banks operate in the country, according to a Reuters report Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh stated the aim is to have the first phase completed and operational before end of 2016  The trade zone is expected to cover an area of 48 sq km. The first phase covers an area of 1.5 sq km and is aimed to be.... Read more »

Posted on : Friday , 29th January 2016

East Africa and China deepen ties, sign trade agreement

 Djibouti’s president has signed an agreement with China to set up a trade zone and establish legal framework to let Chinese banks operate in the country, according to a Reuters report Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh stated the aim is to have the first phase completed and operational before end of 2016  The trade zone is expected to cover an area of 48 sq km. The first phase covers an area of 1.5 sq km and is aimed to be.... Read more »

Posted on : Friday , 29th January 2016

Himoinsa to launch new products and expand presence in 2016

 Spanish genset manufacturer Himoinsa’s turnover in 2015 grew by 15 per cent, with strong sales figures coming in from the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Europe   While Europe emerged a key market contributing 37 per cent of the total turnover, America followed with a 26 per cent share and Asia Pacific with a 17 per cent share. The Middle East and Africa each contributed 10 per cent to Himoinsa’s annual figures.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 28th January 2016

Rwanda Special Economic Zone Continues to Attract Investors

As Rwanda is the second easiest place to do business in Africa after Mauritius, as indicated by the World Bank's 2016 Doing Business report, its Special Economic Zone has continued attracting investors.   The Special Economic Zone program within the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) is designed to address domestic private sector constraints such as availability of industrial and commercial land, availability and the cost of energy, limited.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 20th January 2016

Rwanda: Govt, Private Sector Move to Streamline Textile Industry

The Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Association of Professional Tailors plan to set up a tailoring factory under a company to be named "Kigali Garment Centre" to reduce importation of second hand clothes, Minister Francois Kanimba said.   Speaking at a dialogue with the tailors, yesterday, in Kigali, the Trade and Industry minister said the factory would be set up by the end of the year.   The association was.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 20th January 2016



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