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21 March 2018
Despite expected losses of about $4billion in terms of tariff revenues, the benefits of the free trade area should be more than four times higher, especially through lower prices for consumer goods.
20 March 2018
The United Nations economic commission for Africa has stressed the importance of this week's signing of an Africa continental free trade area. It's designed to help the continent weather the growing uncertainty in global trade. According to the commission, manufactured goods account for 42% of intra-African exports, compared to just 14% of exports outside the continent. Uche Okoronkwo...
12 March 2018 lance aujourd’hui lundi l’émission « Intelligences Eco », Le Mag qui se veut l’écho de l’information économique et financière. Le premier invité de cette émission est le docteur Cheikh Tidiane Dièye, Directeur exécutif du Centre africain pour le commerce, l'intégration et le développement (CACID).
9 February 2018
The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa says it's working with the African Union to ensure the much-anticipated continental free-trade area is a success. In an exclusive interview with CGTN's Girum Chala, the executive secretary of UNECA Vera Songwe said it's time for the continent to focus on intra-African trade for the benefit of the next generation.
5 February 2018
SABC Digital News
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, has appealed to warring factions in South Sudan, to honor agreements or face tougher measures. He spoke to SABC Foreign Editor Sophie Mokoena, on the side lines of the African union summit, in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. She started by asking him, about the role of the African union in world peace, and security.
2 February 2018
C'est l'une des figures de la lutte anti-corruption en Afrique... Depuis dix mois, l'économiste camerounaise Vera Songwe est la nouvelle secrétaire exécutive de la Commission économique des Nations unies pour l'Afrique. Le week-end dernier, lors du 30e sommet de l'UA à Addis Abeba, elle a tenu devant les dirigeants africains un discours très décapant contre la corruption.
30 January 2018
President Kagame delivers remarks at the Transform Africa Business and Investment Forum | Addis Ababa 30 January 2018
30 January 2018
29 January 2018
Leaders from the African Union countries and regions are meeting in Addis Ababa to discuss and make decisions on the reform of the AU, Africa Integration and anti-corruption during the two-day summit. MBJ Muriithi joins Vincent Makori live on Africa 54 via phone from Addis Ababa to give more information about the AU summit.
28 January 2018
CGTN Africa
The United Nations and the African Union are urging member states attending the AU summit in Ethiopia to take deliberate measures to fight gender biases against women. The measures include putting more women in key positions in the government as well as influencing their positions in the private sector.
27 January 2018
SABC Digital News
President Jacob Zuma has arrived in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to attend the African Union heads of state summit. The leaders will focus on fighting corruption on the continent. Zuma is expected to attend the Peace Security council meeting later on Saturday.
17 December 2017
Économie, Les défis de Vera SONGWE à la tête de la CEA
14 December 2017
Africa has often been described as the last frontier for growth. According to estimates by the United Nations, about 2.2 billion people will be added to the global population by the year 2050 and more than half of that growth will occur in the African continent.
6 December 2017
23 November 2017
The 2017 Ibrahim Index for African Governance shows that only a third of countries are driving overall improvement in African governance. The index however notes that many countries still fail to build on prior progress. CNBC Africa spoke to Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the United Nation's Economic Commission for Africa to get more insight on the progress of governance in Africa.
6 November 2017
Most women in Africa are still not strategically positioned to benefit from trade. Three women in the trade space have shared their thoughts on this. They all agree that women make a major contribution to trade in most African countries through their involvement in the production of tradable goods, but a lot more still can be done.
28 October 2017
The Tripartite Free Trade Area -TFTA-promises access to market and greater inclusivity for Africa's inter-regional trade prospects. This is according to the Director of UN's Economic Commission for Africa in Southern Africa. In an interview with our reporter Liabo Setho, Said Adejunobi says even before the agreement between COMESA - EAC and SADC can formally be in place, there is a need...
27 October 2017
Zimbabwe still hopes to achieve 3.7 percent Economic growth this year despite the challenges it faces. In an interview with our reporter Liabo Setho, the Permanent Secretary of Treasury in Zimbabwe Willard Manungo says the government is working hard to work revive the manufacturing sector to prop up the economy. The Zimbabwean Economy is still way off the mark in terms of desired levels of...
26 October 2017
Informal traders in Bulawayo say they want to trade with the South African Rand. The Zimbabwean government Introduced bond notes in November last year as part of measures meant to address the liquidity crisis in Zimbabwe. Our reporter Liabo Setho has more.
24 October 2017
Trade Law Centre of Southern Africa says tariff application is the most sensitive issue of the Tripartite Free Trade Area agreement. Experts are currently meeting in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, to try and speed up the implementation of this agreement. It's expected to bolster intra-regional trade by creating a wider market and increase investment flows among other things. SABC Reporter Liabo Setho...
5 October 2017
Video made for the United Nations Economic Mission for Africa (ECA) by APO Group ( in September 2017.