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Kampala — The private sector in East Africa has asked Tanzania to harmonise the preferential treatments it offers to transit goods as a way of encouraging use of the central corridor.

The South African Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, has emphasised the importance of export diversification and industrialisation in Africa.

The Minister of Industrialization, Trade and SME Development, Hon Immanuel Ngatizeko said regional trade is hampered by a host of preferential access agreements, and cumbersome procedures between African states.

It is a busy morning at the Nyakuron market in Juba. But along with the meat, produce and textiles, economic hardship is also on display, as South Sudanese struggle to buy and sell goods that have become increasingly more expensive, especially within the last year.

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma narrowly escaped a call from some senior members of the governing party’s national executive committee for him to step down. The first stern action from inside the ANC leadership against Zuma, while quelled by his supporters, is reverberating far and wide. The economic cluster of government is likely to be the main target. The Conversation Africa’s business and economy editor Sibonelo Radebe asked Jannie Rossouw what impact this will have on the economy.

The current stand-off between the president of the Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Ministry of Trade and Industry is both unwise and unviable and can only further damage private sector confidence and generate uncertainty among the chamber membership.

Health care seen among fastest-growing categories in Africa; market is pegged to reach $49 billion by 2025

Pretoria — South Africa and Zambia have vowed to do things differently by enhancing their relations, which in turn will redress the trade imbalance between the two SADC countries.

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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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