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Regional Economic Outlook

Published on October 29, 2015

Regional_Economic_Outlook.JPGRegional Economic Outlook. Sub-Saharan Africa enjoyed robust economic growth of 5 percent in 2014 driven by strong investment in mining and infrastructure and by strong private consumption, especially in low income countries (Table 1.2). However, growth was down slightly from the previous year as oil exporters started to adjust to the lower global oil prices, growth in South Africa decelerated substantially on account of mining strikes and electricity supply constraints, and the countries at the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak were severely impacted by the epidemic. Activity is expected to decelerate further in 2015, although with growth at 4.5 percent, sub-Saharan Africa will remain among the fastest-growing regions of the world. The slowdown mainly reflects difficulties in the region’s oil exporters and the countries impacted by the Ebola outbreak. Excluding these countries and South Africa, growth is projected to be healthy, even if the impact of the oil price decline is largely offset by that of the decrease in other commodity prices.

Doing Business 2016

Published on October 28, 2015

doing_business.JPGDoing Business 2016. Doing Business focuses on regulations and regulatory processes involved in setting up and operating a business. It analyzes those that address asymmetries in information (such as credit market regulations), those that balance asymmetries in bargaining power (such as labor market regulations) and those that enable the provision of public goods or services (such as business or property registration). Countless transactions are required to set up and operate a business. When starting a new business, entrepreneurs need to establish a legal entity separate from themselves to limit their liability and to allow the business to live beyond the life of its owners—a process requiring commercial registration.

The WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement – Potential Impact on Trade Costs

Published on April 16, 2015

WTO_AGREEMENT.JPGThe WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation was concluded at the Bali Ministerial in December 2013. The OECD has since re-calculated the potential benefits of the Agreement for various groups of countries, using the OECD Trade Facilitation Indicators (TFIs) and taking into account the fact that, in reaching agreement, WTO Members set aside a few provisions from their original agenda and cast a number of others on a “best endeavours” basis.

No Ceilings: The Full Participation Report

Published on March 13, 2015

NO-CEELING-JPEG.jpgNo Ceilings: The Full Participation Report  is published by the Clinton Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation."Its good for business : Women's empowerment is an engine to economic growth in poor countries."

Grow Markets, Fight Hunger: A Food Security Framework for U.S.-Africa Trade Relations

Published on March 09, 2015

Grow-africa-us-africa-trade-relations.jpgGrow Markets, Fight Hunger: A Food Security Framework for U.S.-Africa Trade Relations, presents evidence that an effort by the United States focused on bolstering regional trade and harmonizing food standards and regulations across countries would drive economic growth while improving the availability and affordability of nutritious foods throughout Africa.

 

 

The EAC Common Market Scorecard 2014

Published on February 20, 2015

score-card.jpgThe East African Common Market Scorecard 2014 assesses progress toward the development of a common market in capital, services, and goods across the Partner States of the East African Community (EAC)—Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. 

Global Economic Prospects 2015

Published on February 20, 2015

worldbank-global-prospectus.jpgGlobal Economic Prospects 2015 a report published by the World Bank includes detailed analysis of recent economic developments for each developing region, i.e. East Asia and Pacific; Europe and Central Asia; Latin America and the Caribbean; Middle East and North Africa; South Asia; and Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Global Gender Gap Report

Published on February 20, 2015


global-gender-2014.jpgThe Global Gender Gap Report 2014 Through the Global Gender Gap Report 2014, the World Economic Forum quantifies the magnitude of gender-based disparities and tracks their progress over time. While no single measure can capture the complete situation, the Global Gender Gap Index presented in this Report seeks to measure one important aspect of gender equality: the relative gaps between women and men across four key areas: health, education, economy and politics.

EAC Strategic Plan for Gender, Youth, Children Persons with Disability, Social Protection and Community Development (2012-2016)

Published on February 20, 2015

EAC-STRATEGIC-PLAN--FOR-Gender.jpgEAC Strategic Plan for Gender, Youth, Children Persons with Disability, Social Protection and Community Development (2012-2016) The Strategic Plan is in line with the Fourth EAC Development Strategy (2012-2016) and has taken into consideration the various legal instruments and commitments made at international and regional levels such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, the Beijing Platform for Action adopted in 1995, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child adopted in 1989, the African Youth Charter adopted in 2006 and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities adopted the same year

Doing Business 2015

Published on February 13, 2015

DB2015-GRAB.jpgDoing Business 2015: Going Beyond Efficiency, is a World Bank Group flagship publication, is the 12th in a series of annual reports measuring the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it.