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  1. Import food regulations and trends in Africa: Navigating the gastronomic frontier

    Import food regulations and trends in Africa: Navigating the gastronomic frontier

    Food imports play an instrumental role in shaping Africa's economic and cultural landscape. Economically, food imports have a dual impact: they provide opportunities for the local businesses involved in distribution and retail and help stabilise food prices, ensuring accessibility across varying income levels. Therefore, looking at the projected African import bill, which is set to exceed $110 billion by 2025, the strategic importance of food imports, both as an economic driver and a cultural bridge, cannot be understated. These imports meet more than just the basic nutritional requirements of the continent's inhabitants but also introduce new culinary experiences, enriching the continent's gastronomic appetite. Growing at a rate of 2.5% a year for the rapidly expanding sub-Saharan population, Africa is distinctly marked by rich cultural diversity and varied dietary

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  2. Unlocking opportunities with import financing: A beginner's guide




    Unlocking opportunities with import financing: A beginners guide

    The African region awaits entrepreneurs who are ready to make their mark. Proven in 2022 by a 15.5 percent growth in merchandise imports to US$706 billion, the thriving import market spans significantly from fruits, chia seeds and even to urea. This diversity in commodities points to the testament that is Africa's business potential. Where the key to unlocking these opportunities lies in understanding import financing and leveraging instruments tailored towards the current African market. This guide will introduce you to the concepts of import financing, with an emphasis on organisations that specialise in this field, such as Afreximbank and ATEX.

    Understanding Import Financing: An Introduction

    When a gap exists between the purchase of goods from a seller and the receipt of payment

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  3. Navigating Open Account Trading: A comprehensive guide to risk and mitigation strategies




    A brief overview of Open Account Trading

    When navigating the world of global commerce, we often come across a term instrumental in shaping international trade dynamics - open account trading. This is a key mechanism in global trade transactions, where buyers receive goods before the payment is due. When effectively used, open account trading allows businesses to effortlessly manoeuvre through the pitfalls of international trade whilst mitigating financial risks. In this article, we will explore questions such as "What exactly is open account trading?" and "How does it work?" while also touching on related concepts, such as the role of credit trade insurance and the challenges of managing payment delays. In doing so, a comprehensive understanding of the concept will be achieved.

    Understanding Open Account Trading

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  4. Trade Finance Solutions for Africa

    For businesses entering the global trade arena, trade finance solutions provide the vital financial lifeline needed to help contribute towards a growing economy. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), “Trade finance serves as the lifeblood of the day- to-day international trade”. They can be likened to a bridge of sorts that connects exporters and importers, providing stability in the domain of international trade and helping to ease the buying and selling of goods. On one end, these financial instruments ensure that exporters receive payment for their goods and services, and on the other, importers gain the ability to secure timely deliveries of their interests. This is all facilitated through bespoke finance solutions such as letters of credit, bank guarantees and supply chain financing.

    The Importance of trade finance in Africa

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  5. Innovations In The Supply Chain

     

     

    The necessity of supply chains

    The globalised world in which we live in today has formed a complex and interconnected network of supply chains, highlighting more than ever the need for efficient management. Supply chains are networks of entities, resources and activities that work together to deliver a product or service to a customer. Given their broad and intertwined nature, efficient supply chain management is critical to the success of any business. Simply put, supply chains deliver the right product at the right time and at the most cost-efficient price. Achieving this, therefore, requires the optimisation of supply chains for productivity and customer satisfaction. Innovation in the supply chain

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  6. How can technology accelerate the AfCFTA (African Continental Free Trade Area)?

     

     

    How can technology accelerate the AfCFTA (African Continental Free Trade Area)?

    What is the AfCFTA?

    2018 marked the advent of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) – a free trade area with the sole purpose of promoting inter-African trade between its 55 member countries (44 ratified). Through this, the social mobility of countless Africans will be increased, placing Africa as a global economic power. Using the metric of member participation, the AfCFTA agreement can be described as the largest free trade area in the world. Resulting in an agreement that will link 1.3 billion Africans in this region and by 2035, potentially lift 30 million people out of extreme poverty. 

    The AfCFTA is a strategic long-term plan to increase growth, trade, employment and reduce the extreme poverty faced on the African continent. T

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  7. Ghana and Ivory Coast’s International Cocoa Agreement

    Since 1973 the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) has governed sustainable cocoa trade, but an international cocoa agreement, named the “Abidjan Declaration,” between Ghana and Ivory Coast (Cote D’Ivoire) presents dynamic changes in the fair trade cocoa industry by giving some control to top cocoa producers. Top cocoa-producing countries, Ghana and the Ivory Coast, are responsible for producing up to 60% of the world’s cocoa but receive less than 6% of the plant’s $100 billion (USD) global market share. The countries in the West African region ironed out a new international cocoa agreement focused on pricing, production, and marketing to take back control of fair trade cocoa.

    What is the Abidjan Declaration? The “Abidjan Declaration” was signed on 26 March 2018 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast by the President of Cote d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara and the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo. The official statement was signed following a summit on the state of the cocoa industry in the

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  8. Technology trends in supply chain freight forwarding.

    Trade is a very competitive industry to operate in. Competition arises not between trade companies but instead between the supply chain management processes. The supply chain is a competitive advantage in each organization.  In addition to finding a serious trade partner, challenges differ from packaging, customs, and logistics to finding adequate storing locals. Yet, in trade, a good supply chain management is a key factor either for success or failure. Consequently, supply chain visibility solutions are introduced in today’s world of business in order to make trading more efficient and provide businessmen with control over the course of trade.

    The supply chain visibility is the practice of collecting, storing and analyzing the relevant data to track the flow of materials as they move through the supply chain from suppliers to producers to the end-consumers (ORTEC, 2018).

    Overall,  technologies keep developing to optimize risk management in the supply chain. A

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  9. How to Choose a Freight Forwarder

    There aren’t many professions with fewer requirements than freight forwarders, with one shipping expert, Hariesh Manaadiar, saying, “Any Tom, Dick, or Harry can call themselves a Freight Forwarder.” Now that’s all good and well for those who make a living as freight forwarders, but it can make it difficult on those who depend on freight forwarders for their own businesses. Mostly those who depend on freight forwarders are smaller businesses which are not yet large enough to have a contract directly with international shippers such as a company like Wal-Mart would have. Some freight forwarders also have contracts with shipping companies that enable them to get the best prices because of the sheer volume of freight that they deal with; other freight forwarders are smaller and act as intermediaries between businesses and the larger freight forwarders who have the good deals. This second type of freight forwarder is typically the type that should be avoided, if at all possible, due to the

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  10. Africa Trade Exchange (ATEX) platform launched to facilitate trading under the AfCFTA

    16 May, 2022
    Africa Trade Exchange (ATEX) platform launched to facilitate trading under the AfCFTA

    The Africa Trade Exchange (ATEX), a business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce platform, was launched during the official opening of the 54th Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning, and Economic Development (CoM2022) on

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