What’s New

  • A Coalition of the Determined

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    From African Business, December 2015 An exciting new concept aims to put ‘conferring’ back into ‘conference’ and spark action to replace words. If there was a direct correlation between the number of conferences held and wealth generation, Africa would be among the most prosperous regions of the world. Since the era of independence in the 1960s, the number of conferences, seminars, forums and workshops on Africa must run into the tens of thousands. Vast tracts of forest have been felled to provide the tons of background and discussion paper this has generated and which in turn, continue to literally feed battalions of paper-eating bugs in whichever crypts these ...
  • African Tranformation Forum

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    "Each country must chart its own course toward development. But cooperation - even just to exchange ideas and emulate best practices - can help the process considerably. The ATF will discuss practical next steps toward transformation in Africa, and the broader push to build globally competitive economies" - Paul Kagame From March 14 to15, 2016, the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), in partnership with the Government of Rwanda, will convene the first African Transformation Forum (ATF) in Kigali, Rwanda. The first objective of the ATF is to facilitate knowledge sharing and peer learning across global and African luminaries from the public and private sectors. These ...
  • Replicating Asia’s agro miracle

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    Agro-industry has lifted millions out of poverty in Asia and laid the foundation for prosperity. Can Africa follow suit? (By Ed Brown) Although I have worked and lived in many parts of the world, I never lost my love for Ghanaian food with its endless variations. But nowadays, I have to admit my traditional food has ‘gone international’. Is the rice local or from Asia? Where was the grilled tilapia farmed? Are those prawns really from our shores? Where did the beef come from and has the chicken travelled all the way from Brazil? Increasingly, the foods we eat today form the end product of an often long and involved chain. It ...
  • How to be a master trader

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    "There is a tendency to look down on trading as something that belongs to the antiquated past," ACET's Anver Versi writes in Msafiri, Kenya Airways' in-flight magazine. "But it can also be something else," he adds, in this piece where he asks Ashish J Thakkar the secrets of trading that have helped make him Africa's youngest billionaire. Go to Msafiri to ...
  • @WTO Ministerial, Nairobi

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    ACET hosted a session, "Leveraging Trade Facilitation Agreement to Promote Agricultural Transformation and Trade," at the WTO Ministerial meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. Background Agriculture can be a powerful driver of Africa’s economic transformation. To realize this potential, countries will not only have to raise farm productivity, but must also move up the value-chain in the products they produce and export. This means, being able to process and export their agricultural products in higher value forms rather than as just raw commodities. Trade facilitation has the potential to act as a powerful ...