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East African bloc agrees to make regional trade cheaper, faster and simpler

Representatives meet in Nairobi in parallel with Africa eCommerce Week

Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, the United Republic of Tanzania, and Uganda agreed today to make trade between them and with other countries cheaper, faster and simpler in a significant boost for economic integration in East Africa and continental trade facilitation. Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, representatives of the nations – who are…

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Migration inside Africa plays growing Development Role, United Nations Report Reveals

The report is packed with new data that may surprise people with a negative impression of Africans migration

African migration could boost growth and positively transform the structure of the continent’s economy according to UNCTAD’s 2018 Economic Development in Africa Report: Migration for Structural Transformation. The report is packed with new data that may surprise people with a negative impression of Africans migration. Historically and in-line with established…

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New United Nations report spotlights gender-sensitive trade policymaking in the east African community

Jointly issued by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and TradeMark East Africa

 East African nations can harness their trade policies to help empower women economically in the region, thanks to improvements in education, employment and other key areas, according to new research released by the United Nations and funded by The Netherlands through TradeMark East Africa.   In a report entitled East African…

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Commodity Dependence Worsens for Developing Countries

The rise in commodity dependence was most noticeable in Africa, where seven new countries entered the category in 2014-2015

Nine more developing economies became dependent on commodity exports between 2010 and 2015, bringing the total to 91, about two-thirds of all the 135 developing countries, a new UN report says.   Published today, The State of Commodity Dependence Report shows that, during the same period, developing countries saw their…

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Invitation: Press conference for the launch of the UNCTAD’s report on trade and development for 2017 - Thursday 14 September 2017 at 10:30 a.m

The UN Information Centre in Cairo cordially invite you to attend a press conference for the Launch of the UNCTAD’s Report on Trade and Development for 2017, to take place At Diplomatic Institute, 1 Omar Makram St. – Tahrir on Thursday 14 September 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Dr. Mutasim Elagraa,…

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UNCTAD Adviser, Alibaba's Jack Ma, Launches African Young Entrepreneurs Fund

In addition, Mr. Ma said that he planned to roll out a partnership with African universities to teach internet technology, artificial intelligence and e-commerce

Alibaba founder and executive chairman Jack Ma announced the creation of a US$10 million African Young Entrepreneurs Fund, during the Youth Connekt Africa Summit co-hosted by UNCTAD and the Government of Rwanda.   “I want that fund supporting African online businesses,” said Mr. Ma, who is Special Adviser to UNCTAD…

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Kenya Joins UNCTAD’s Empretec Network

The official launch of the Empretec programme in Kenya takes place today in Nairobi

Kenya is poised to join a United Nations-led programme that helps promote entrepreneurship by building capacity for small businesses around the globe.   The official launch of the Empretec programme in Kenya takes place today in Nairobi, in the presence of UNCTAD’s Secretary-General, Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, the Minister of Industry,…

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Africa's Great Lakes: How Trade Is Essential to Regional Peace and Prosperity

Today, the Great Lakes region counts over 7 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and 3.5 million refugees

Promoting development, peace and security in the Great Lakes region of Africa will be in focus during an upcoming meeting organized by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Office of the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region.   Attended…

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African Tourists Emerge as Powerhouse for Tourism on the Continent, Says UNCTAD Report

Tourism in Africa is a flourishing industry that supports more than 21 million jobs, or 1 in 14 jobs, on the continent

Four out of 10 international tourists in Africa come from the continent itself, according to the new UNCTAD Economic Development in Africa Report 2017: Tourism for Transformative and Inclusive Growth. In sub-Saharan Africa, this number increases to two out of every three tourists whose travels originate on the continent. Data…

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The Gambia Welcomes UNCTAD’s Recommendations to Improve the Investment Climate

High-level government officials, private sector representatives and development partners participated in the presentation of UNCTAD's Investment Policy Review (IPR) of the Gambia in Banjul on 11 April 2017

High-level government officials, private sector representatives and development partners participated in the presentation of UNCTAD's Investment Policy Review (IPR) of the Gambia in Banjul on 11 April 2017. The report, prepared at the Government's request, presents action-oriented recommendations to improve the Gambia's legal framework for investment, as well as its…