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PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP IS KEY TO AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT

February 18, 2013

PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP IS KEY TO AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT

By Albert Engel A favorable institutional set-up is key to maintain economic growth in Africa. This includes not only security, stable governments and predictability of legal decisions but also capable governmental and non-governmental institutions that offer a sound economic framework, supportive policies and business development services. It encompasses also the more...

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The Importance of Aid for Trade

February 18, 2013

The Importance of Aid for Trade

By Pascal Lamy, Director-General, World Trade Organisation (WTO)   Aid for Trade is as relevant today as it was when the Initiative was launched at the Hong Kong Ministerial Conference in 2005. Developing countries, and in particular Least-Developed Countries (LDCs), have made measurable progress in their participation in the global trading system.  But for more...

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THE CHALLENGE OF CHOOSING A NEW WTO DIRECTOR GENERAL,Amina Mohamed or Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen

February 7, 2013

THE CHALLENGE OF CHOOSING A NEW WTO DIRECTOR GENERAL,Amina Mohamed or Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen

By Shada Islam, Head of Policy at Friends of Europe The Doha round of trade talks has long dominated the agenda of the World Trade Organization (WTO). An urgent priority for the organisation’s 157 members, however, is to appoint a new director general to replace Pascal Lamy, the much-respected former EU trade commissioner who has led the Geneva-based trade body more...

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Minister defends €550,000 pay deal for new SNS chief, just one person….

February 7, 2013

Minister defends €550,000 pay deal for new SNS chief, just one person….

MPs from across the political spectrum have condemned the €550,000 pay deal for new SNS chief executive Gerard van Olphen, with Labour describing it as 'bizarre'. Banking and insurance group SNS Reaal was nationalised last week, after running into serious financial trouble with its property investments. In a parliamentary debate on Wednesday evening, finance more...

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Five Dutch nationals implicated in European football-fixing probe

February 5, 2013

Five Dutch nationals have been implicated in a massive pan-European investigation into match-fixing in football, Dutch media reported on Monday. The probe, carried out by the EU policing organisation Europol, has identified 380 matches across the continent which it says were fixed by an Asia-based crime syndicate. The Dutch football association said it understood more...

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The Ghanaian woman who made millions fighting skin-bleaching

February 2, 2013

The Ghanaian woman who made millions fighting skin-bleaching

Ghana's Grace Amey-Obeng, one of West Africa's most successful businesswomen, made her fortune promoting products which emphasised the beauty of the black skin, at a time when many of her competitors were selling dangerous skin-bleaching formulas. The business empire she started a quarter of a century ago with around $100 (£63) now has an annual turnover of between $8m more...

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Shell ordered to compensate Nigerian farmer over pollution, why just one farmer?

January 30, 2013

Shell ordered to compensate Nigerian farmer over pollution, why just one farmer?

Oil giant Shell has been ordered to compensate one Nigerian farmer for damage caused to his farm by oil pollution by a court in The Hague. Four other claims were dismissed by the court, which said the pollution was a consequence of sabotage, Nos television reported. The case was brought by environmental group Milieudefensie on behalf of four Nigerian farmers. It is more...

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Africa’s boom is here to stay,Good but when and where?

January 18, 2013

Africa’s boom is here to stay,Good but when and where?

The 21st century has seen sustained improvements in the economies of most sub-Saharan African countries. Jean-Michel Severino and Emilie Debled explain why it’s more than just a growth spurt, but warn that Africa’s national governments still face major policy challenges The new millennium marked the beginning of a period of unprecedented economic growth in more...

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Mark Lynas prove himself wrong and ends his GM protest with Greepeace

January 15, 2013

Mark Lynas prove himself wrong and ends his GM protest with Greepeace

I want to start with some apologies. For the record, here and upfront, I apologise for having spent several years ripping up GM crops. I am also sorry that I helped to start the anti-GM movement back in the mid 1990s, and that I thereby assisted in demonising an important technological option which can be used to benefit the environment. As an environmentalist, and more...

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Marks & Spencer plans a return to Amsterdam, says Distrifood

January 6, 2013

Marks & Spencer plans a return to Amsterdam, says Distrifood

British department store group Marks & Spencer is returning to the Netherlands and is planning to set up shop in Amsterdam’s Kalverstraat, retail magazine Distrifood reports on Friday. British institution M&S pulled out of the Netherlands some 10 years ago, closing stores in the Kalverstraat and in The Hague, when it left the European more...

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