Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Joseph Mverecha President Mnangagwa has just come back from a week-long official State visit to China; the first such visit outside the continent since he assumed power in November last year. It had to be China, for several reasons, two of which are quite prominent. Firstly, the long standing relationship dating...
Victor Bhoroma The Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was launched on 21 March 2018 in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. The trade agreement was signed by 44 heads of state and government, save for 10 countries which are yet to sign it including Nigeria and partly South Africa. Other countries...
By Cobus van Staden China’s decision to suspend presidential term limits is still reverberating around the world. The announcement, made after a vote by China’s parliament in March, prompted some commentators to draw comparisons with “third termism” in Africa, when leaders flout democratic conventions to stay in power as long as...
By Frik Els Those worried that the positive momentum in the mining and metals sector is beginning to wane after two years of strong gains may find encouragement from a new survey by private capital tracker Preqin. Fundraising by unlisted funds for investment in mining and metals was a non-starter last year. A...
By Tshepo T. Gwatiwa & Michael Noel Sam The African Union (AU) has adopted a Free Movement Protocol and a draft plan of action to go with it. The idea was first set out in the Abuja Treaty, which was endorsed in 1991 at the establishment of the African Economic Community....
Clive Mphambela Hospital doctors and nurses eventually called off a three-week strike earlier this week. Several hospitals had been shut-down following a crippling doctors strike, joined by nurses and other critical hospital staff including, surgical registrars. Other hospital workers could no longer perform their duties as they were being equally affected...
Opportunities abound for various stakeholders Chris Chenga Just before the Easter holidays, the Office of the President and Cabinet sent out a press release to announce a $1,5 billion agriculture focused deal with a British based entity called the Financial and Commodities Ecosystem (FinComEco). While details of the agreement portray very broad...
Dr Gift Mugano There are approximately forty National Competitiveness Councils or Commissions worldwide in countries such as United States of America, Egypt, Croatia, Saudi Arabia, Ireland, United Arab Emirates, Brazil and South Korea. In these countries, some of the councils are led by the private sector (US, Egypt and Croatia) while...
Fungai Mgcini Kuzinya Our Government is in overdrive with its attempt to attract foreign investment. A major stakeholder in this exercise is the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra). The presence of foreign investors in the country presents both opportunities and challenges for the revenue collector. In order for Zimra to benefit from...
By Frik Els On Tuesday copper for delivery in May advanced to a two-week high on the Comex market in New York at $3.065 per pound or $6,755 a tonne after positive manufacturing data from China, the globe's number one metals consumer. Copper is still down 8% so far in 2018 and...