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1. How is Africa coping with growth in this coming year?

When you look at the global economy you see a modest growth. The WB predicts a 3.2% in 2016 growth up from the less than 3% in 2015. Economic growth in Africa will expand at a slower pace. Again the WB predicts a 4.5% growth starting 2016. Better than many, you might say relative to other regions but still very, very fragile. Add to it a population with, more than two-thirds aged under-30, and job opportunities that have not kept up with population growth, there is ample reason to worry.

Opening ceremony of Puntland new bosaso international Airport On behalf of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Puntland State of Somalia is great pleasure to invite you to attend the official opening ceremony of Puntland new bosaso international Airport. Ceremony will take place in the Bosaso the business capital of Puntland and strategic for business and real of horn of Africa on January 8, 2016. The purpose of this historic occasion is to invite your participation in order to accomplish the following goals; - To enhance the relationship between the African nations -To increase the business relations between Puntland and other countries -To show you the production and investment opportunities in Puntland -To show you our interest of having business relationships with the region -Opportunity to start a business plan with all nations in the upcoming period Come and join this historic event! For more information, please contact Mr. Mohamed Abdirashid at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

1. PACCI 2016 Program at a Glance As a way of stimulating Africa’s economy, PACCI will launch an information campaign to advance the implementation of the Continental Free Trade Area, and to support the region in improving its trade facilitation environment. PACCI will expand its trade missions to boost Intra-African trade and promote increased African exports to the world. Other areas of focus include promoting Alternative Dispute Resolution, organizing training to strengthen competitiveness, promote private sector actions to meet the UN sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Currently we are seeking for a partner working to increase competitiveness of green enterprises, including the greening of existing industries. For further information please contact Mr. Leul Wondemeneh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

1. Aperçu du programme de la CPACI en 2016 - Comme un moyen de stimuler l'économie de l'Afrique, la CPACI va lancer une campagne d'information pour faire avancer la mise en œuvre de la Zone de libre-échange continentale, et soutenir la région dans l'amélioration de son environnement de facilitation du commerce. La CPACI va étendre ses missions commerciales pour stimuler le commerce intra-africain et favoriser l'augmentation des exportations africaines vers le monde. Autres domaines d'intérêt comprennent la promotion de règlement extrajudiciaire des différends, l'organisation de formations pour renforcer la compétitivité, et promouvoir des actions du secteur privé pour atteindre les objectifs de développement durable des Nations Unies (ODD). Actuellement nous cherchons un partenaire de travail pour accroître la compétitivité des entreprises vertes, y compris l'écologisation des industries existantes. Pour plus d'informations s'il vous plaît contacter M. Leul Wondemeneh à This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pretoria - South Africa remains a reliable investment destination which is open for business, writes trade and industry minister Rob Davies.

Much has been said about the flight of capital from South Africa in recent weeks, suggesting the country has become an investment pariah. This sentiment has been coupled with the decision by ratings agencies to downgrade South Africa’s investment status. We are cognisant of both the domestic and international factors that have contributed to concerns about the stability of South Africa’s economy.

As always there's good news and bad news in politics or anything related to it when reflecting on the year past or looking forward to the future. Today I want to reflect on how things fared in the past year. I must caution you from the start, that my analysis of the news is opinion-driven and not data-driven, so please take it with a grain of salt. Also, I will not be exhaustive in my selection of issues, but will only spotlight some of the most controversial and talked about issues.

Let’s look at what happened:

The Minister for Trade and Industry, Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, has presented in Nairobi to the international community an innovative project dubbed the Pan African Trade Hub System (PATHS).
The Minister’s presentation was at a forum organised by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) attended by top officials of the African Union, the World Trade Organisation, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the International Trade Commission and the UN Economic Commission for Africa.

ARUSHA, Tanzania - The International Trade Centre (ITC) and the East African Community (EAC) last week announced a joint project to boost intra-African trade. 

“Regional integration led by the private sector is a powerful vehicle for boosting growth, creating jobs and promoting economic development,’ ITC Executive Director Arancha González said.

“Enabling the private sector and policymakers to take advantage of trade opportunities is at the heart of what ITC does. We are looking forward to doing this in collaboration with the EAC and to ensuring sustainable growth for East African countries and their SMEs,” she said. 

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The Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry was established in 2009 by 35 founding national business chambers to influence government policy and create a better operating environment for business.

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