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Ethiopia’s digital platform guiding investors to the country launched in Addis Ababa

The iGuide covers a wide range of topics deemed relevant to investment consideration and will serve as the first point of contact for domestic and international companies and businesspeople interested in investing in Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s online investment guide, iGuide, which seeks to help investors discover opportunities in the country, business costs, key procedures and laws they may need to know before committing their money, was officially unveiled in Addis Ababa Wednesday. The web-based investment promotion tool was launched in the presence of Mr. Shumete…

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At 60th commemoration, Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) launches Africa Poverty Clock to monitor progress against extreme poverty

The Clock provides real-time poverty estimates till 2030 for the majority of countries around the world

At its 60th anniversary celebrations this week in Addis Ababa, the Economic Commission for Africa launched the Africa Poverty Clock. The clock is a customized version of the world poverty clock developed by World Data Lab, aimed at monitoring progress against extreme poverty, an aspiration of the United Nations’ first Sustainable…

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Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) commemorates its 60th anniversary; honors young innovators

To mark the occasion, a series of events took place in the ECA Subregional Offices as well as in Addis Ababa

The Economic Commission for Africa marked its 60th anniversary this week with an official event attended by members of the Diplomatic Corps and key representatives from partner institutions, Think Tanks, Civil Society Organizations, University Students, High School Students and the Private Sector. In his remarks, Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister Demeke…

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Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF) 2018: African leaders urged to recommit to boosting continent’s agriculture sector

Africa’s farmers need to be ready not only to feed people in their own countries but the entire continent and also to penetrate international markets

Africa’s leaders should honour their commitment to allocate 10 percent of their budgets to agriculture if the continent is to improve food security, reduce poverty and spur economic growth, says Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) Batanai Chikwene. Speaking at the on-going Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF) in Cairo, Mr. Chikwenhe, a…

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Smaller African nations should not fear but embrace African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), says Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)’s Songwe

Ms. Songwe said the ECA is strongly committed to continue supporting African Union (AU) member States towards the successful realization of the AfCFTA

Smaller African economies should not fear the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) but rather embrace the accord for the benefits it will bring to the continent through expanded intra-African trade, says Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) Executive Secretary, Vera Songwe. In a speech read on her behalf at the…

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UN agencies unite in support of Africa’s growth agenda

The one-day meeting that took place in Addis Ababa on 10 December was in line with ongoing UN reforms

“In a turbulent and unpredictable world where multilateralism is under threat, we need stronger collaboration in support of the 2030 and 2063 agendas,” said Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)  Ms. Songwe urged UN agencies to rally behind ongoing continental initiatives aimed at boosting intra-Africa…

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Songwe leads Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in showcasing its work at inaugural Intra-African Trade Fair in Cairo, Egypt

Egypt this weekend hosted a high-level business forum in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh as the country takes over as the Chair of the African Union

All is set for the Intra-African Trade (IATF) that begins in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday with Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Executive Secretary, Vera Songwe, set to attend three events at this inaugural African continental business development event. Ms. Songwe is set to attend a roundtable on Aligning the interests of…

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African Economic Conference (AEC) 2018: Pushing for an inclusive African Continental Free-Trade Agreement

A total of 44 African nations signed the landmark African Continental Free Trade agreement (AfCFTA) earlier this year, which aims to create a single continental market for goods and services

A truly successful implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement cannot be achieved without the “people dimension,” ensuring that the integration process does not lead to widening inequalities or exclusion. In a plenary session on the final day of the African Economic Conference, delegates participated in an interactive…

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African Economic Conference (AEC) 2018: The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) will increase Africans’ freedoms, says Economic Commission for Africa (ECA’s) Elhiraika

It aims to build an integrated market in Africa that will see a market of more than one-billion people

The African Continental Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), if fully implemented, will not only give a substantial boost to Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) but also help expand the freedoms of the continent’s citizens, the majority of whom have never been outside their countries of origin, says a top Economic Commission for…

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#HudumaHalisi - Honest Public Service Campaign Launched in Kenya

The launch event entailed a visit to the Huduma Halisi Tent, a theme song and a brief about the Campaign

Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, launched the Huduma Halisi Public Service Campaign at the Ndumberi Grounds, Kiambu County. The event was organized as part of a wider Ministry of Public Services, Youth and Gender Affairs Outreach Programme. In his address, the Head of State said, “The Huduma Halisi Campaign will celebrate individuals and…