Archive for March 9th, 2008

source: BOPA
06 March, 2008

GABORONE – The Southern Africa region is going through a complex process of transformation perhaps much more complex than what Europe has ever been through says trade and industry minister Mr Neo Moroka.

Speaking at a the joint SADC-EC ministerial meeting in Gaborone Mr Moroka said this occurred at a time when other important transformations were taking place both at the continental and globe levels.

At the continental level, Mr Moroka said the AU had built momentum on the aims and objectives of the Abuja Treaty to accelerated African Economic Integration.

He said at the global level, the process and effects of globalisation, including the WTO agenda presented further challenges not only to SADC, but also to most African and other developing regions.

In addition, he said the Millennium Development Goals also challenged the region to do everything it takes to improve the [continue reading]


Luyanda Makapela and Nthambeleni Gabara

6 March 2008

South African Airways (SAA) is to continue expanding its route network across Africa and adding capacity to existing routes, while cementing its membership with the Star Alliance, in order to turn itself into the leading airline on the continent, says company CEO Khaya Ngqula.

“Our plans for Africa are to keep with our mandate to be an African carrier with a global reach,” he said at the airline’s headquarters at OR Tambo International Airport outside Johannesburg on Wednesday.

“We are planning to add capacity so we have more flights and destinations to our African route network criss-crossing the continent.”

Two additional flights per week to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania were recently launched, while [continue reading]

source: allAfrica

7 March 2008
Posted to the web 7 March 2008

The first international trade negotiations which proclaim as one of their objectives reducing discrimination against developing countries in the global trading system are entering a critical few months.

The talks, which began in Doha, Qatar, in 2001, have long been plagued by differences over issues such as the measures which countries take to protect their own farmers, or industries, against cheaper imports from elsewhere. Developing countries want rich countries to cut agricultural subsidies, or tariffs on agricultural imports, so they can export their produce there. Industrialized countries want newly-emerging countries to cut import tariffs so they can export manufactured goods to those countries.

Now, says Pascal Lamy – who, as director-general of the World Trade Organization, referees the talks – there is a better chance than [continue reading]

Michael Appel

7 March 2008

Global football authority Fifa has selected a joint venture between South African events companies Circa Hospitality and Warwick Hospitality and Events as the exclusive sales agent in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa for official hospitality packages during the 2010 World Cup.

“We are convinced that our sales and marketing alliances represent the best options to Match Hospitality in terms of their existing market knowledge and networks within the market of the host nation of the 2010 Fifa World Cup,” said Match Hospitality CEO Pascal Portes in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

Match Hospitality has been appointed by Fifa to be responsible for [continue reading]