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Zimbabwe: Zim Joins India, SA in Trade Waiver Efforts

[The Herald] Zimbabwe has joined South Africa, India and other countries in sponsoring the proposed waiver from certain provisions of the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement for the Prevention, Containment and Treatment of Covid-19. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania: Dar, Addis Trade Volume Soars

[Daily News] THE trade volume between Tanzania and Ethiopia has tremendously gone up from 1.5bn/- to 13.5bn/- in 2012 to 2019 respectively, as the two nations look for increased business ties. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Kenya Makes U-Turn On Uganda Sugar, to Import 90,000 Tonnes

[Monitor] Kenya will this year import 90,000 tonnes of sugar from Uganda and source at least 160,000 tonnes from other countries after exhausting its Comesa import quota for 2020. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Former U.S. Officials Call on Biden to Back WTO Selection for Okonjo-Iweala

[allAfrica] A cross-section of former senior U.S. government officials, including a Nobel Laureate, along with academicians and civil society leaders, have written to President Biden in support of the election of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as Director-General of the World Trade Organization. Opposition from the Trump administration has stalled her selection which requires consensus according to WTO procedures. Here is the text of the letter that was delivered after Biden took office on January 20. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: France Among Top 10 Export Destinations - Minister

[Daily Trust] The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Richard Adeniyi Adebayo, has said France is among the top 10 export destinations for Nigeria and that the country has been one of France's largest trading partners in sub-Saharan Africa. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Nigeria Customs Wants Role in AfCFTA Implementation Explained

[This Day] Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has called for a proper explanation of its clear-cut roles in the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA). (AllAfrica)

Rwanda: Rwanda, DR Congo Look to Further Bolster Economic and Trade Ties

[New Times] DR Congo President Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi met the Minister of Trade and Industry, Soraya Hakuziyaremye, and Rwanda's envoy in Kinshasa, Vincent Karega, on Tuesday, January 19, to discuss ways in which the neighbouring countries can increase their economic and trade ties. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Trade, Conservation Top Agenda as President Kenyatta Hosts UK's Dominic Raab

[Capital FM] Nairobi -- President Uhuru Kenyatta Wednesday at State House, Nairobi met visiting United Kingdom's Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs Dominic Raab who paid him a courtesy call. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania: TBs Now to Inspect Vehicle Upon Arrival At Dar es Salaam Port

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -- Imported vehicles will from March 1 this year be inspected at Dar es Salaam port upon arrival in the country, the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has said. In that regard, the $150 (Sh346,366) inspection fee that was paid in the country of export on imported vehicles will now be paid in Tanzania. (AllAfrica)

East Africa: EAC Seeks Support to Reap More AfCFTA Benefits

[East African] East African Community member countries have engaged the services of the Economic Commission for Africa to come up with a policy that will ensure that the region does not lose out in the African continent free trade area (AfCFTA) which came into force this January 1. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Govt to Continue Pursuing Trade Deal With U.S.

[Nation] Kenya will keep pursuing free trade deal with the United States during Joe Biden's era, President Uhuru Kenyatta said Tuesday. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Kenya is Determined to Conclude Trade Deal With the U.S., President Kenyatta Says

[Capital FM] Nairobi -- President Uhuru Kenyatta has reiterated Kenya's determination to conclude ongoing negotiations with the United States of America and sign a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). (AllAfrica)

Africa: UK-Africa Trade - What Will Brexit Change?

[DW] As part of its post-Brexit global vision, Britain is hosting a UK-Africa trade conference. But its new trade deals fail to offer African nations much extra as Britain falls behind as a trading partner on the continent. (AllAfrica)

Angola: Angola, India Review Cooperation in Industry Sector and Trade

[ANGOP] Luanda -- Angolan minister of Commerce and Industry Victor Fernandes and the Indian ambassador to Angola, Pratibha Parkar, discussed on Tuesday in Luanda the partnership agreements between the two countries in the trade and industrial areas. (AllAfrica)

East Africa: Govts Seek Funding Solutions to Sustain Donor-Funded Projects

[East African] East African governments have resolved to consider alternative ways of financing key donor-funded projects to ensure their sustainability after the British government suspended funding for the regional electronic cargo tracking system (RECTS) last year. (AllAfrica)

Africa: AfCFTA - What Nigerian Businesses Must Do to Export to African Countries - Official

[Premium Times] Nigerian govt unveils guidelines for export to AfCTA countries (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Mineral Exports Surge 27% to Surpass Target

[The Herald] Zimbabwe's mineral exports, excluding gold and silver, for the year 2020 surged by 27 percent, earning the country US$2,4 billion, the Minerals and Marketing Authority of Zimbabwe (MMCZ) has said. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda: AfCFTA - What Are Rwanda's Export-Ready Products?

[New Times] The Rwandan government has identified opportunities in several local products for exports under the recently launched Africa Continental Free Trade Area. (AllAfrica)

Liberia: Bassa Rep. Joe Unhappy With Apm Terminals Alleged Tariff Increase

[LINA] Buchanan -- Grand Bassa County Representative Matthew Fairplay Joe has called for swift Legislative inquiry into the allegation of "Tariff Increment" by local seaport operator ATM Terminals. (AllAfrica)

Namibia: Live Poultry Imports From 10 European Countries Suspended

[Namibian] THE Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, through its veterinary department, has announced the suspension of live poultry imports from 10 European countries due to an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Pfumvudza an African Free Trade Area Deal Opportunity

[Zimbabwe Independent] The Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) came into being on January 1, 2020. It carries with it risks and opportunities. This article will focus on one opportunity -- the Zimbabwean birthed Pfumvudza technique. Pursuing sustainable agriculture will result in the shaping of agro-value chains in Zimbabwe. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Why China-Africa Ties Can Only Get Better in 2021

[Nation] Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi has concluded a five-nation visit to Africa, extending a three-decade tradition in which Chinese foreign ministers have chosen Africa for the first overseas visit each year. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Africa's Free Trade Area Opens for Business

[IPS] United Nations -- African countries opened their markets on 1st January under the continental free trade agreement and duty-free trading of goods and services across borders is now underway despite the COVID-19 pandemic and other teething problems. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Cane Growers Raise Alarm Over Impending Sugar Importation

[Nation] Cane growers have raised alarm over an impending importation of 57,473 metric tonnes of sugar aimed to cover the deficit of the sweetener under Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) safeguard for 2020. (AllAfrica)

Namibia: AfCFTA Could Boost Namibia's Economic Diversity

[Namibian] If Namibia's trade account was an investment portfolio, analysts would say it is too concentrated, risking collapse if the country's trading partners experienced setbacks. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Nhimbe Fresh Struggles to Crack Blueberries Exports

[The Herald] NHIMBE Fresh Produce, Zimbabwe's leading horticultural firm is struggling to navigate the web of bureaucracy to get an import protocol to export blueberries to China. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Dangote Leveraging Expansion Under AfCFTA

[Leadership] With many countries strategising for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) that kicked off at the beginning of this month, Dangote Industries Limited, has stated that its cement expansion plan and fertiliser investments will open new trade routes for the company and Nigeria under the trade deal. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Sustained Exports Boost for Forex Auction

[The Herald] The foreign currency auctions of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) have not only achieved a stable exchange rate, but are also managing to supply the foreign currency needed by the productive sector to buy raw materials, machinery, spares, chemicals and the like. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Informal Waste Management in Lagos Is Big Business

[The Conversation Africa] The megacity of Lagos has an estimated population of 24 million. And it's constantly growing, putting additional strain on a city that already has serious challenges. They include heavy traffic congestion, flooding, air pollution and solid waste generation. (AllAfrica)

Ethiopia: Diversifying Export Earners Via Horticulture Sector Competitiveness

[Ethiopian Herald] The higher management of the Ministry of Agriculture and other stakeholders recently held discussion on options of expanding the horticulture investment and the national project of boosting avocado production in areas with potential and suitable climate. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: 'FCT Will Key Into Efforts in Promoting Export'

[This Day] The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr. Muhammad Musa Bello, has assured the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Mr. Segun Awolowo of his support towards the realisation of all export promotion businesses and the hosting of the forthcoming technical meeting of the national committee. (AllAfrica)