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Kenya, ECA to work to protect and grow tech start-ups, unlock pension funds for development

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 16:45

Nairobi, 19 June 2018 (GOK) - Kenya will work with the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) to protect and grow start-up tech innovations and to unlock pension funds to deploy in developing the country, President Uhuru Kenyatta said today.

The President spoke when ECA Executive Secretary Vera Songwe paid him a courtesy call at State House, Nairobi, on her first visit to Kenya in her new role as leader of one of the United Nation’s regional development agencies.

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Online Platform launched to support implementation of African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA)

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 15:32

Addis Ababa, 18 June 2018 (ECA)- The African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC) today launches its knowledge platform coming after the historic signing of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA). The online platform will provide daily monitoring of national, regional and international trade policy news, current affairs, and related developments of interest to Africa’s business, trade and development communities.  This service is provided in both English and French.  Progress in the implementation of the AfCFTA will be a special focus.

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Synergies between the AfCFTA and Tripartite FTA will benefit Africa’s traders and consumers, says ECA Chief

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 17:22

Addis Ababa, 18 June 2018 (ECA) - The Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, Vera Songwe has lauded the representative of the Tripartite group comprising COMESA, EAC and SADC for their work on synergies between the Tripartite Free Trade Area and the African Continental Free Trade Area – AfCFTA, signed this year by African Union Member States.

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Ad hoc Expert Group Meeting on the implications of ECOWAS potential expansion and the AfCFTA

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 11:08

Cotonou, Benin, June 18, 2018 (ECA) – The Sub-Regional Office for West Africa of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the Government of Benin are organizing an ad hoc expert group meeting, under the theme: “Implications of ECOWAS potential expansion and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)”, in Cotonou, on June 25-26.

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ECA to host high-level memorial symposium in honor of Adebayo Adedeji

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 08:38

Addis Ababa, 14 June 2018 (ECA) - The Economic Commission for Africa will be hosting a high-level memorial symposium in Lagos, Nigeria on 7th July in honour of Prof. Adebayo Adedeji, former Executive Secretary of ECA. The late Adedeji is acknowledged by many as one of the most towering intellectual figures and development practitioners in Africa in the late 20th Century. He served as Executive Secretary of ECA for sixteen years (1975- 1991); the longest tenure in that position by any executive secretary.

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Africa’s railway renaissance needs public private partnerships

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 09:02

Johannesburg, 13 June 2018 (ECA) - Experts from Africa’s rail sector gathered this week in Johannesburg to discuss rail transport and how it can be developed to support the grand design for growth on the continent.

Addressing the gathering, Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), said that economic development in Africa needs an efficient, expanded, rail network and described the current condition of existing railway infrastructure and rolling stock in many countries as “sub-optimal.”

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African countries urged to support and grow local investors and entrepreneurs

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 08:45

Lilongwe, Malawi,  11 June 2018 (ECA) – African countries have been challenged to support and grow local investors and entrepreneurs to counter the fickleness of international investment flows. The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Executive Secretary, Vera Songwe noted that the uncertainty wrought by Brexit and an inward-looking United States of America is intensifying the threats of protectionism rather than expanding global trade and thus made the challenge of growing Africa’s private sector more imperative.

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