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African ministers call for swift actions to realize continental FTA – Xinhua


ADDIS ABABA, May 14 (Xinhua) — African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development on Monday called for swift actions towards realizing the continent’s ambitions through the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, addressing a High-level Ministerial Dialogue on the AfCFTA as part of the ongoing 51st ministerial conference In Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa on Monday, have voiced joint support to the free trade pact.

Implementation of the AfCFTA, including internal reforms for member countries to fully benefit from the initiative, the strategic decisions to maximize countries’ competitiveness, taxation issues and the importance of international cooperation on the field, were among the major topics raised during…

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Roundup: Ethiopia intensifies efforts to realize pan-African university – Xinhua


ADDIS ABABA, April 23 (Xinhua) — Ethiopia has intensified its efforts towards the establishment of a pan-African university that aspires to pay tribute to black people’s achievements and history, with due emphasis given to the fight against colonialism.

An international conference that envisaged to fast track the establishment of the Adwa Pan-African University is underway in Ethiopia’s northern town of Adwa.

Ethiopia’s former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, while addressing conference participants, has stressed the importance the Adwa Pan-African University in preserving African history and culture by focusing on Africans’ solidarity in the fight against colonialism.

Desalegn, who previously called on Ethiopians to support the establishment of the Adwa pan-African university as it…

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What You May Not Realize About the Supreme Court Ruling that Backed Affirmative Action


Regents
v. Bakke
turns 40 this year, no small feat given the numerous
assaults levelled at it by students rejected from their colleges of
choice based on their race (or so they believe). Even the Supreme
Court itself has cast a disapproving eye on the case, arguing in 2003
that Bakke would no longer be relevant by 2028. Yet, here it
is – entering middle age – and with it the compelling interest of
diversity, a concept that has transformed much of American life,
including universities, corporations, even the arts, but still
confounds constitutional experts. How, for example, could diversity
rival national security as a constitutional interest, a position
taken by the opinion’s author, Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr.?

The answer, surprisingly, might lie in
Jim Crow. …

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Can China Realize Africa’s Dream of an East-West Transport Link?


African development hinges on a maddening paradox: its greatest asset—the sheer size and diversity of its landscape—is also the greatest barrier to its development. Landlocked countries are cut off from ports, and the difficulty of moving goods from country to country weighs down intra-continental trade (only 15% of African trade is within Africa. (African Development Bank, 2017) African consumers bear the brunt of these difficulties. [1]. Costs are driven up by a host of factors: tariffs, border delays, corruption. But the biggest challenge is that no streamlined transport route exists between West and East Africa – only a decaying and underdeveloped road and rail system which pushes up costs and drags down efficiency.

Several ambitious schemes have been proposed to link Africa’s…

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