By Marwaan Macan-Markar BANGKOK, Jan 5, 2011 (IPS) – In response to growing labour costs, China is increasingly turning to its neighbours to supply what it once produced locally – raw materials and intermediate goods, such as machine components and parts – to retain its international reputation as the ‘factory to the world’.
By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Aug 6 (IPS) – The 130 developing countries at the United Nations remain divided over Chile's decision to hold onto its seat in the Group of 77 (G77) – even after it formally joined the exclusive club of rich nations, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
By Charles Mpaka* BLANTYRE, Aug 4 (IPS) – Cecilia Gondwe waits in the shade of a tree at the Mwanza Border Post between Malawi and Mozambique. Somewhere inside, a clearing agent is completing elaborate paperwork on her behalf.
By Lewis Mwanangombe* LUSAKA, Aug 3 (IPS) – Small-scale traders on either side of the Mwami Border Post between Zambia and Malawi are key to meeting local demands that larger importers do not.
By Keya Acharya NEW DELHI, Aug 3 (IPS) – Their ongoing negotiations remain shrouded in secrecy, but there are already reports that India and the European Union (EU) will have a free-trade agreement ready by the end of August, and that they will be putting signatures to it before the end of 2010.
By Toluwa Olusegun* LAGOS, Jul 18 (IPS) – Nigeria is a place where many more deals are announced than are ever completed. But July saw progress towards the construction of one of three new Nigerian refineries expected to reduce imports of refined petroleum products, a costly and ironic feature of the oil-rich nation's economy.
By Isolda Agazzi GENEVA, Jul 15 (IPS) – The Everything but Arms trade initiative, which provides preferential treatment to poor countries, benefits only a limited range of people in the target populations. It should also be expanded to more countries, civil society organisations say.
By Peter Richards MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica, Jul 12 (IPS) – Two years after 14 Caribbean countries signed a wide-ranging and controversial Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with Europe, Guyanese President Bharrat Jagdeo still maintains that his country was right in holding out until the last minute to get a "better deal" for the Caribbean.
By Ruth Langa LUSAKA, Jul 9 (IPS) – Zambia has sold more than 262 state-owned enterprises in the past 18 years, with the latest being the beleaguered telecommunications company Zamtel.
By Peter Richards MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica, Jul 8 (IPS) – For 37 years, Caribbean leaders have fended off charges from critics that the 15-member regional grouping Caricom is nothing more than a talk shop.