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African free trade bloc launches

Opportunities, Challenges, and why full implementation of the historic pact may take years ANALYSIS | THE INDEPENDENT | African countries began officially trading under the new African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) on Jan.01. It is a flagship project of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 to stimulate intra-African trade. In …

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World economy in 2021

Here’s who will win and who will lose ANALYSIS | STEVE SCHIFFERES | The coronavirus has crippled the world economy. Global GDP in 2020 suffered its sharpest drop since the end of the Second World War, millions were unemployed or furloughed, and governments pumped trillions of dollars into their economies …

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China’s shaky dance with Uganda

Chinese foreign minister Wang’s visit to Africa is another missed opportunity to seal deals ANALYSIS | THE INDEPENDENT | Chinese Foreign minister Wang Yi has been on a five-nation tour in Africa that started on Jan.04 and took him to Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Botswana, Tanzania and …

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Regime change in America

America’s past tells us the farce in Pennsylvania on Jan.05 and the tragedy in the Capitol Jan.06 have something unsettling in common. ANALYSIS | RICHARD PRIMUS | One day before a political mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, a less violent breach of norms dominated the day in a different capitol …

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