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Monday, 23 October 2017

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

Two agreements, namely on the establishment of the France Development Agency (AFD) in Angola and another one relating to the financing of water projects, were signed last Friday, in Luanda. The first agreement was signed by the Finance minister, Archer Mangueira, and by the French ambassador, Silvain Itté. This agreement is aimed at enabling the AFD to officially in Angola and work in financing projects linked to the areas of waters, energy and agriculture. The second agreement was signed by minister Archer Mangueira and the resident representative of the World Bank in Angola, Clara de Sousa, as well as the director of the France Development Agency (AFD), Martha Stein- Scochas.

The MEP said support for Britain leaving the European Union is surging in Africa, where regulations from Brussels are wildly unpopular. He said EU tariffs imposed on, for example, tomato sauce but not on tomatoes themselves reduce the opportunities Africa has to trade successfully with Europe. Instead, African countries are forced to export basic ingredients, losing out to more lucrative products due to the cost of exporting them. With Britain laving the EU, African states will enjoy a greater variety of what it can export to the country. In exchange, the UK will benefit from cheaper food, something Mr Hanna said will boost the economy as a whole and help poorer people in particular. Writing for the Telegraph, Mr Hannan said the Brexit tide had long since turned in Africa.