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South Africa: Davies Prepares SA for Agoa Trade Suspension

The possible suspension of South Africa from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) will hugely affect the agricultural sector first, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on Monday.

"The first set of exclusions will be on agricultural products, but we have been told that it can be reversed if we reach an agreement," Davies told reporters in Pretoria.

Africa Rising? Tell That To The Millions Still Trapped In Poverty

Source: Chude JideonwoCNN, Lagos, Nigeria
In 2000, The Economist made a bold declaration about Africa: it called us the hopeless continent. We screamed. We protested. They are insulting us. It's time for us to tell our own stories.
By 2011, the foreign media had gotten the message, and the narrative changed: Africa, they declared, is now rising. BRICS, MINTs, N-11... the hopeless continent is now bustling with hope. The middle class now has more pot-bellies. And all of us cheered. Pride restored. Victory secured. Battle won. But what exactly did we win?

Elsevier Plans African Open Access Journal

An open access journal for African research could be launched next year, with science publisher Elsevier teaming up with several African organisations to plan its creation, SciDev.Net can reveal. 

Infrastructure, a Catalyst for Africa's Development

The first-ever Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) Week opened on Friday, November 13 in Abidjan, with the African Development Bank (AfDB) reiterating its commitment to supporting efforts seeking to address the continent's infrastructure needs.

Tenth WTO Ministerial Conference - Read More

The Conference was opened on 15 December by Kenya's President, Uhuru Kenyatta. During the opening session, the Conference was also addressed by the Chair of the Conference Amina Mohamed, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo and the Chair of the General Council, Fernando de Mateo.
The Vice-Chairs of the Conference are Mr Alexander Mora (Costa Rica), Mr Carlo Calenda (Italy) and Mr Gregory L. Domingo (Philippines). At the end of the opening session, the Conference Chair proposed the adoption of the agenda.