(CNN)The reverberations from Britain's fateful choice extend far beyond Europe. The U.K. retains deep ties with many African states, and the turbulence is causing anxiety from the Johannesburg stock exchange to the battlefields of Somalia. Where have all the flowers gone? More than a third of the flowers sold in the European Union come from Kenya. The U.K. is one of the most valuable export markets for some of the largest African economies. One-third of Kenya's cut flowers arrive in Europe, where the U.K. is the second-largest buyer behind the Netherlands. Rather than negotiating with the European bloc, Kenya will now need to negotiate new deals with the U.K., as well as absorbing losses as the British economy retracts. It is a similar story for Nigeria, where a projected figure of £20 billion in bilateral trade by 2020 will now be revised downwards, and South Africa, which will need to make up shortfalls in wine exports. Kenyan flower sellers will have to negotiate new … [Read more...] about 7 ways Brexit will be felt across Africa
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NEW DELHI: India plans to allay the fears of African countries which have dismissed its proposal for a global agreement on trade in services that includes easing travel for work across borders. African nations, led by South Africa, had red flagged India's proposal fearing it would open the doors for e-commerce in the name of easing cross border flow of information in services. India wants to build consensus on a comprehensive agreement to ease global trade in services and the support of African countries is critical as they have been New Delhi's traditional ally in trade negotiations. “African countries feel e-commerce might creep in through the agreement. We need to assuage their fears. We need an approach of flexibility,” said an official in the know of the development. Among other concerns, the Africa group had asked how the proposed Trade Facilitation in Services (TFS) would impact its members' right to regulate. India has proposed allowing cross-border transfer of … [Read more...] about India to assure African countries on services trade
Story highlights 23 nations have signed the initiative It's part of the Africa 2063 project to encourage integration (CNN)Back in 1999, under what is known as the Yamoussoukro Decision, African countries planned to free their skies for air travel. Last Sunday the African Union (AU) took its first big step towards this goal, launching the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM). The landmark announcement unveiled by Rwandan President Paul Kagame, the new chair of the AU, aims to transform intra-African air travel, lower prices and increase connectivity. The initiative has 23 signatories. There are 32 AU members still to come on board. Take off for African aviation Read More Opening up the continent's skies could be a huge coup for African airlines, which would work under a common regulatory framework. It could also benefit intra-continental travelers who are often bound to illogical and time-consuming routes via Europe and the Middle East when flying … [Read more...] about Sky’s the limit as Africa makes major move towards aviation single market
Britain’s relationship with Europe is low down on the list of concerns for most voters in the coming election, but the subject of the “Brexit” – Britain’s secession from the European Union – will come to dominate our political lives should the Conservatives find themselves in some kind of power after 7 May. David Cameron has promised a 2017 referendum on our place in the EU, a referendum our survey suggests is favoured by the majority of the population. The result of any plebiscite looks less certain, with those wishing to leave Europe just outnumbering those likely to vote for the status quo, but there are still many undecided. The arguments on either side are clear. If you’re a Eurosceptic, the impositions of European Union bureaucracy are daily infuriations, with Britain supposedly ceding control to Brussels of immigration policy, of its legal system, of its famously curved cucumbers. Britain contributes a small fortune to the European Union … [Read more...] about What would happen if Britain left the EU?
Story highlights Proposed African Union passport would allow visa-free travel to all 54 member states Logistical challenges make 2018 target ambitious (CNN)As the European Union threatens to unravel in the wake of Britain's vote to leave, the African Union is pursuing a path of closer integration through the launch of a common passport that will grant visa-free access to all 54 member states. The first of the electronic passports were unveiled at the AU summit in Kigali, Rwanda, where they were issued to heads of state and senior officials. The Union aims to distribute them to all African citizens by 2020. Check out the African Union Diplomatic Passport launched in Kigali yesterday. What do you think of this? #AUPassport pic.twitter.com/PdySClZGup— Mac-Jordan (@MacJordaN) July 18, 2016 "The opening ceremony was marked by a symbolic act of Pan-Africanism with the launch of the African Union (AU) passport aimed at facilitating the free movement of people on the … [Read more...] about United States of Africa? African Union launches all-Africa passport