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South Africa: Western Cape an exception amid signs of recovery in agriculture

South Africa: Western Cape an exception amid signs of...

It is often said the macroeconomic standing of the agricultural sector has diminished, an argument supported by the sector’s declining share of GDP, which fell from 4.2% in 1996 to 2.3% in 2015. However, what is not captured in this...

24 May 2017 | WANDILE SIHLOBO AND TINASHE KAPUYA
Empowering the Nigerian T\textile industry

Empowering the Nigerian T\textile industry

Nigeria’s textile and apparel industry covers the entire clothing value chain, and has a strong potential for growth due to availability of cotton and the country’s large market-size represented by over 170 million inhabitants, who...

19 May 2017 | Peter Uzoho
South Africa is on notice – Opinion piece

South Africa is on notice – Opinion piece

The South African government’s increasingly protectionist stance risks damaging the country’s international trade and investment relationships, say experts. According to Peter Leon, partner and Africa co-chair at Herbert Smith...

18 May 2017 | Prinesha Naidoo
Kenya rules out banning of second-hand clothes

Kenya rules out banning of second-hand clothes

Kenya has backed away from plans to impose a ban on second-hand clothes in a move officials say will leave local textile dealers at the mercy of market forces. Industrialisation secretary Adan Mohamed told reporters in Beijing that...

18 May 2017
South Africa’s Agoa eligibility likely to come under pressure before 2025, trade expert warns

South Africa’s Agoa eligibility likely to come under...

A leading trade expert is urging those South African businesses currently benefiting from preferential market access to the US under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) to begin to “wean” themselves off such benefits, owing...

17 May 2017 | Terence Cremer
Three reasons economic investment in Africa benefits the United States

Three reasons economic investment in Africa benefits the...

On former President George W. Bush’s trip this month to Africa, he underscored the importance of sustaining American foreign assistance programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. He pointed to the success of health programs like PEPFAR and Pink...

02 May 2017 | Natalie Gonnella-Platts and Laura Collins
Nigeria: AGOA a vital boost for Aba leather, garment cluster

Nigeria: AGOA a vital boost for Aba leather, garment cluster

In a bid to enhance the industrial value of manufacturers in Abia State, Fidelity Bank, in collaboration with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) and Ghana-based West African Trade and Investment (WATI) hub recently held a...

27 April 2017 | Amby Uneze
The attraction of textile manufacturing in Ethiopia

The attraction of textile manufacturing in Ethiopia

Ethiopia attracted foreign investments of US$1.2 billion in the first six months of the 2016-2017 fiscal year, dominated by Chinese companies. The investment is helping Ethiopia develop as a manufacturing hub for the global textile...

26 April 2017 | Matthew Newsome