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Dana Sanchez, 10:38 am
South Africa — by far the largest user of AGOA benefits — more than doubled exports to the U.S. since 2000 under the African Growth and Opportunity Act, which gives duty-free status to elibible countries trading with the U.S. In renewing AGOA, Congress gave Obama the option to suspend non-compliant countries’ benefits on a product-by-product basis. Previously, countries were either in or out. Total two-way trade between SA and the U.S. was about $14B in 2014.
Dana Sanchez, 5:04 pm
In Africa, creative industries offer massive potential for job and GDP growth. “If you are investing in mines or crude oil, you should also invest in the cultural sector to get value,” an expert said. Textiles and clothing are No. 2 in developing countries after agriculture, with a workforce made up largely of women. There’s great scope to hire more youth. This growth is due in part to technological changes in manufacturing, distribution, marketing, and intellectual property in the digital world.
Staff, 12:01 am
Trevor Noah is South Africa’s most successful export to the U.S. since Charlize Theron. South Africans don’t mind losing him if it means that he uses his platform as the new host of “The Daily Show” to make South Africa more prominent in the eyes and minds of American and global audiences. But when Noah joked that Trump is basically like an African president, he was no longer on firm ground.
Dana Sanchez, 8:25 am
Refugees and migrants arriving in Europe from Africa and elsewhere may be an unlikely solution to the economic crisis, World Bank and IMF say. Get used to large-scale migration from poor countries to rich. It’s going to go on for decades, becoming a permanent feature of the global economy as a result of major population shifts. Europe needs take responsibility for the refugees, says a Kigali economic analyst.
Julia Austin, 6:25 am AFKI Original
Scientific and technological advancements in Africa are growing, especially in the mobile arena, but many farmers are still behind those of the Western world. Many schools don’t even have science labs or computers. This puts farming communities at a great disadvantage since much of caring for and growing crops is scientific. Farmers sometimes lack basic knowledge on how to better their crops.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:43 am AFKI Original
This past weekend saw another round of AFCON qualifying taking place across the continent to decide the teams that will emerge on Gabon for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), and there were many surprise results amongst the list of fixtures. Here we look back at a few of the matches that took place […]
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:05 am AFKI Original
Coaching African national football teams is a demanding and pressurised job, with many football federations and associations lacking the patience to give a coach the time to become comfortable in their role and produce successful results. The pressure is always high, and with national teams in Africa the changes seem to ring all too often.
Dana Sanchez, 12:45 pm
As many as 2,000 migrants leave Agadez, Niger, every week. It’s the last big stop before Libya, and while the government has begun cracking down on the traffic, spurred by the outcry in Europe over illegal migration, the business of moving migrants is booming. Market stalls are full of fresh produce, there’s a profusion of banks with working ATMs and new construction stretches beyond the airport that once received tourists.
Kevin Mwanza, 5:53 am
Lebanon-owned sub-Saharan Africa telecommunication company, Africell, has signed a $150 million syndicated loan from international lenders including the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank’s investment arm. Africell is a subsidiary of Africell Holding founded in 2000 but began operations in Africa in 2001. It has offices in The Gambia, Sierra Leone, The DRC and Uganda.
Dana Sanchez, 2:47 pm AFKI Original
Rarely mentioned in the world’s drug trade before 2002, Africa is breaking bad. One sign of the growing importance of the African meth trade is the arrival of Latin American producers. Mexicans have helped set up labs in Nigeria. “They are not just mom and pop labs, they are big labs,” an expert said. “Mexicans aren’t going to come over and train (people) unless they are dealing in large amounts.” Here are 12 things you didn’t know about meth traffic and production in Africa.
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