The African Continental Free Trade Agreement: Making it count for people and planet

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement: Making it count for people and planet

With the stroke of a pen, African heads of state gathered in Kigali, Rwanda on March 21, 2018, signed off on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) deal – which some pundits have characterised as the largest free trade agreement since the World Trade Organization. This signing comes at…

Dr. Richard Munang is currently the United Nations Environment Africa Regional Climate Change Programme Coordinator.

Qatari diplomat says Suakin Island work to begin this month

Qatar’s ambassador to Sudan said Tuesday that work to restore the port at Suakin Island will begin this month, following the USD$4 billion deal between the two countries to develop the Red Sea site. Rashid Abdul Rahman Al-Nuaimi said the work will begin in the first of three stages, the…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

South Africa wants exemption from Trump’s new tariffs

South Africa has expressed its concern over a United States decision to exclude it from the list of countries receiving a last-minute exemption on steel and aluminium tariffs, and has submitted a formal request for the exclusion. The South African Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said the tariffs that…

Mnangagwa to pitch Zimbabwe recovery plan at Africa CEO Forum

President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe has arrived in Côte d’Ivoire, where he was greeted by President Alassane Ouattara as both head for the Africa CEO Forum to be held Monday in Tuesday in Abidjan. Mnangagwa will present his plans for economic recovery, and with former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo will participate…

Ramaphosa talks trade as Chinese envoy visits

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday welcomed Yang Jiechi, Special Envoy of President Xi Jinping of China, as he opened a two-day official visit in Cape Town. Ramaphosa said the re-election of President Xi presented an opportunity for South Africa to deepen its strategic cooperation with China at a…

Malawi launches new sustainable development strategy plan

Malawi launched its new five-year development plan on Tuesday during a ceremony at Kamuzu Palace, the State House in Lilongwe. The Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) III emphasizes climate priorities, alongside agriculture and water resources, in a vision that runs through 2022 and builds on the previous version. It…

Beijing fires back at Tillerson’s China-Africa remarks

China has fired back at the United States after claims by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Beijing’s approach to African development is one of dependency and indebtedness. Tillerson, now in Ethiopia as he begins a five-nation African tour, made the remarks prior to departing the U.S. “We partner…

Japan commits USD$700 million to African Development Fund

In a first for Japan, the country’s International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed a new loan agreement with the African Development Fund to provide USD$700.9 million to address poverty and support economic growth. “We hope the loans and grants will be used effectively to improve economic and social conditions of…