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These kinds of markets are king in many parts of Africa. (Photo/IFPRI/Flickr).

Possibly Up To 40% Of Africa’s Regional Trade Is Informal: We Need To Get To The Bottom Of It

Official statistics underestimate total trade between Benin and Nigeria by 50% for imports, and by about 85% for exports.


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Cranes load containers at the port of Mombasa in March 2012. Technology has changed a lot since then. (Photo/ Flickr/ Fredrick Onyango)

Uganda’s Customs Hack: Technology Delivers Big Gains In Trade

A new customs management system means time of transit from Mombasa to Uganda has dropped from 21 days to just 4 days, boosting market competitiveness and lowering the cost of doing business.


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Being landlocked is a major disadvantage - mostly. (Photo/ Maps Of The World)

Who Says Being Landlocked Is Terrible? In Africa It’s Not All Bad News

Streamlining logistics and clearance is an existential issue for landlocked countries, but the coastal countries have the “luxury” of dysfunction.