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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

At a seminar organized by the South African BRICS Think Tanks (SABTT) and Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD), experts explored BRICS in the changing global dynamics. Ashraf Patel, researcher at SABTT, said the Bretton Woods institutions and their subsidiaries on the continent have pillaged African countries without benefiting them for over 50 years. While the New Development Bank (NDB) can copy policy development and knowledge from Bretton Woods Institutions, it should change the method of operation, said Patel.

Kerala is seeking to collaborate with supplier countries in Africa to avoid the role of middlemen in procuring raw cashew nuts for the hundreds of processing factories based here. It is hosting a two-day conclave on 'Cashew trade for common good' in association with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) involving diplomats from the African countries. AFRICAN REPRESENTATION Among the African nations being represented are Madagascar, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Gambia, Togo, and Mali.

For the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Organisation of African Unity (now the AU), African leaders adopted the Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want - a vision for a prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development. One of the defining features of this agenda is the structural transformation of African economies towards achieving shared growth, decent jobs and economic opportunities for all. So far, the structural transformation that shifts productive resources from agriculture and mining to manufacturing - which has helped many countries achieve greater prosperity - has bypassed most African countries. According to a recent International Monetary Fund report, the limited structural transformation in Africa has not translated into more jobs because the manufacturing sector itself requires extensive reform.

The European Union (EU) Ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mr. Michel Arrion, said Nigeria can play a more active role in West Africa integration process. Arrion who compared Nigeria to Germany, one of Europe’s engines of integration, says Nigeria could play a similar role in the region. Speaking to Leadership correspondent in Kaduna, the ambassador who will complete his tenure in a few days said the EU enjoys a wide spectrum of relationship with Nigeria, in particular with the business, civil societies sectors, activists, the media and the creative community. Arrion further said the EU maintains an excellent relationship with the ECOWAS, having worked with the organ at the commission level.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Fresh from the Conservative Party Summer Parlay in London where he mixed with Prime Minister Theresa May and members of her cabinet, Commonsense Advocate and Nigerian Senator, Ben Murray-Bruce has urged the United Kingdom to remove trade barriers between it and all African nations especially Nigeria and instead, should create the enabling economic atmosphere for direct trade deals with the African nations. Senator Bruce made the call while delivering a speech in Kampala, Uganda, alongside