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African states urged to open up borders for Sh13tn trade deals


African Development Bank has recommended elimination of all bilateral tariffs and keeping rules of origin transparent around intra-African trade to realize full benefits.

The African Economic Outlook 2019 by the continental lender stated that open markets would increase intra-Africa trade by up to 15 per cent, for a gain of Sh284.7 billion ($2.8 billion).

According to the report, removal all non-tariff barriers on goods and services traded especially in larger economies in the continent will lead to cumulative income gains to Sh3.76 trillion ($37 billion) and the continent’s tariff revenues by up to Sh1.52 trillion ($15 billion).

“The gain is small but welcomed in these times of rising protectionist stances in the global economy and the China–United States and Britain–mainland Europe…

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BBC World Service – World Update, European and North African states discuss migration


As numbers migrating across the Mediterranean from Africa to Europe drop, there is still tension in the European Union about how to handle migrants. Malta is hosting the so-called “5+5” meeting which brings together foreign ministers of five EU countries with five African countries to talk about migration. Dan Damon spoke to Carmelo Abela, Malta’s Minister for Foreign Affairs.

(Picture: Malta’s Foreign Minister Carmelo Abela (middle). Credit: REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi)

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Guyana among Caribbean states listed as “flawed democracy”



Guyana among Caribbean states listed as “flawed democracy” in global index. Stabroek News – 2019-01-12 – Regional News -. Guyana is listed as a …
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Youngest woman in Congress, United States News & Top Stories


It was not so long ago that the youngest Congresswoman in US history felt her life was over.

Ms Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez found herself bar-tending and waitressing at the age of 28, scrubbing tables after restaurant shifts and falling asleep on the subway ride home.

“I once got pick-pocketed, and everything I earned that day was stolen. That day, I locked myself in a room and cried deep… I honestly thought as a 28-year-old waitress I was too late; that the train of my fulfilled potential had left the station,” she said on Instagram.

Bronx-born and of Puerto Rican descent, the international relations and economics degree holder grew up watching her mother mop floors, drive school buses and answer phones to make ends meet, especially after her father died.

She brought the same work ethic to…

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Roosevelt Skerrit Takes Issue With “tax Havens” Label For Caribbean States | RJR News


Dominica’s Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has criticised the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for labeling several Caribbean countries tax havens.

He is calling for a unified regional approach to deal with the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CBI).

Dominica and several Caribbean countries, including St. Kitts-Nevis, Grenada, St. Lucia and Antigua & Barbuda use the CBI to attract foreign investments by providing citizenship to those persons making a significant contribution to the socio-economic development of these countries.

Late last year, the Paris-based OECD, an inter-governmental economic organisation with 36 member countries, said the CBI initiatives threaten international efforts to combat tax…

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Sexual assaults the most reported criminal activity on cruise ships making calls to the United States


ALLEGATIONS of sexual assault remain the most reported criminal activity on board cruise ships making calls to the United States, according to year-end statistics.

For the past three years, alleged incidents of sexual assault represented more than 60 percent of criminal activity reported by vessels under the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act (CVSSA).

This trend follows for major cruise lines with routes to The Bahamas, like Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean.

In 2017, 76 percent of reported crimes on board Carnival vessels were for sexual assault; as was 68 percent of crime reported on board Royal Caribbean vessels.

Statistics for 2018 are not complete; however, figures up to September 30, 2018 indicate criminal…

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