Author: Zuweina Farah

ANALYTICAL BRIEF: Natural Resources and Economic Growth in East Africa

SOURCE: USAID Economic Analysis and Data Services (EADS) East Africa offers unique opportunities and challenges for the management of natural resources in sub-Saharan Afri- ca. Although energy production and trade have lagged behind the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, East African countries hold considerable oil reserves and great potential for renewable energy including geothermal, hydro, solar,…

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Is the United States Prepared for China to be Africa’s Main Business Partner?

SOURCE: Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) Our competitors prioritize commercial diplomacy and offer upfront financing, speed, and intense intergovernmental facilitation and coordination, and we better draw a page from our economic competitors’ playbooks. The United States must leverage all the tools at its disposal in order to compete with its rivals on the…

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FROM REGIONAL ECONOMIC COMMUNITIES TO A CONTINENTAL FREE TRADE AREA: Strategic tools to assist negotiators and agricultural policy design in Africa

Source: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) The ultimate purpose of this work is to inform African policy-makers with strategic tools to assist trade negotiations and agricultural policy design. Its focus is on the eight Regional Economic Communities that exist in Africa, as they do not only constitute key building blocks for economic…

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It’s Much Ado About Nothing as Tanzania Frets Over Credit Rating

via Bloomberg Tanzania may be less than enamored with its first credit rating, but there’s little to suggest the gas-rich East African nation would be blocked from the Eurobond market that it’s long been tempted to tap. After discussing plans to get a rating for at least a decade, Tanzania obtained one of B1, four steps into…

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Tax and Development: Beyond the Big Numbers

SOURCE: Center for Global Development In New York, on Valentine’s Day, 450 tax professionals will gather for a major conference on tax and development. The Platform for Collaboration on Tax, a joint effort of the IMF, OECD, World Bank, and the UN, will bring together finance ministers and senior tax officials, development agencies, foundations, International NGO…

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New Study: Grid Electricity and Off-Grid Solutions Alone Are Not Meeting Many Africans’ Energy Demands

SOURCE: Centre for Global Development On-Grid Customers Still Rely Heavily on Off-Grid Energy Technologies, and Off-Grid Customers Want On-Grid Electricity Washington – A new study released today by the Center for Global Development found that either grid electricity or off-grid solutions alone are currently inadequate to meet many African consumers’ modern energy demands. The survey of consumers…

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Public Private Dialogue – Tax Presentation by PwC

PwC presented on tax issues at the Third Ministerial Dialogue in Dodoma on 19 January.  Click here to review the discussion points for this presentation. Public Private Dialogue – Dodoma – Jan 2018 – PwC Taxation Presentation – final

Strengthening Media and Civil Society in Tanzania

SOURCE: Voice of America The U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development, or USAID, launched a civil society and media strengthening project in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in mid-January. It is called Boresha Habari, or “Better News”. Implemented in coordination with non-profit organizations Internews and FHI 360, the Boresha Habari project will…

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Escaping China’s Shadow

Finding America’s Competitive Edge in Africa SOURCE: Atlantic Council Africa Center Over the past decade, Africa has been cast as a new battleground for influence between the United States and China. China’s economy has experienced meteoric growth since the 1980s, and China has looked to Africa’s natural resources to help fuel this rise. In the…

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Leveraging a Large Capital Investment to Develop Local Value Chains

‘Local Content’ in the Construc on of Tanzania’s LNG Facility SOURCE: World Bank Group The discovery of large, deep-sea, natural gas reserves in Southern Tanzania and plans for their development have sparked a national discussion about how “local content” can be maximized in a way that benefits the economy as a whole. Energy production is…

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