E-commerce would flourish only when governments and businesses across the continent worked together, participants heard at UNCTAD’s Africa eCommerce Week, held in Nairobi on 10-14 December. Read more
A high-level session at UNCTAD’s Africa eCommerce Week showed that the continent had the potential to scale e-commerce enterprises – but its new free trade area would be key. The week was held in Nairobi on 10-14 December. Read more
Members must work to ease tensions and respond to other systemic issues while also continuing to advance work in other areas, WTO director-general Roberto Azevêdo said at a meeting of the full WTO membership on 10 December. In discussing the outlook for the WTO, he stressed that 2019 would be a moment to “turn the challenges that we face into an opportunity to renew and to strengthen the WTO for the years to come”. Read more
“Africa is a continent of great change and opportunities. However, Europe finds it difficult to understand that its future lies in the South and not in the North,” said Giovanni Tria, Italian minister of finance and economy in Rome at a conference on “Africa, challenges and opportunities: Italy and the African Development Bank” on 7 December. Read more
Infrastructure, entrepreneurship, investment and women-related issues across the African continent were the topics of discussion at the Africa 2018 Forum, held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on 8-9 December. African leaders from the countries of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) were among the delegates. Read more
BRICS leaders declared their common stand on the reform of the World Trade Organization following a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Buenos Aires on 30 November. Read more
BRICS countries are committed to strengthening their institutions and enhancing collaboration in infrastructure and financial cooperation, South Africa's National Treasury said in a document sent to media. The 2018 BRICS Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ Outcomes is available here. Read more
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