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Africa’s free trade area boosts China

China is positioned to gain from significant constraints to accelerating and diversification of intra-Africa trade COMMENT | JONATHAN MUNEMO | The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) intends to promote regional trade integration in Africa, which can play an important role in accelerating sustained growth and reducing poverty on the …

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Uganda and Afghan refugees

Uganda’s temporary accommodation of 2,000 Afghanistan refugees underscores the reputation Uganda has of being progressive, says Dr Evan Easton-Calabria, from the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford When did Uganda start hosting refugees? Uganda has a long history of hosting refugees. This started in the early 1940s with Polish refugees …

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Ramathan Ggoobi’s big plan for the economy

Can he achieve it when the economy is still grappling with COVID-19? Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Ramathan Ggoobi, the new Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Finance/ Secretary to the Treasury (PSST) is promising to design and improve on a number of policies to achieve an all-inclusive economy. …

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China’s presence in Africa

Beijing’s outreach is largely driven by the desire for support on the international stage from the continent’s 54 countries | THIERRY PAIRAULT | For all the talk of China’s growing presence in Africa, its economic engagement is surprisingly limited. In 2020, Africa accounted for 4 percent of China’s trade with …

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Schools re-opening

Number of school dropouts likely to increase due to teenage pregnancies Kampala, Uganda | PATRICIA AKANKWATSA | The Ministry of Education and Sports has yet to announce the dates for schools to re-open again after being shut down at the height of the Second wave of COVID-19. But the delay …

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Taking on Francis Bacon

Between Bacon and Mwesiga there’s often a striking connection in studio deftness and philosophy Kampala, Uganda | DOMINIC MUWANGUZI | Francis Bacon was an Irish-born artist whose obsession with raw and unsettling imagery earned him global recognition as one of the most sought after artists of his generation. His abstract human figure portraits were expressive of his inner persona and daily engagement with …

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