Establish brands to boost garment export, expert urges

USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub Consultant Mr. Musa Rubin has urged garment exporters to establish brands to boost their trade.

He spoke at a workshop organised by the Trade Hub and Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) in Lagos.

Rubin discussed the diversity of the United States (US) market, where over 50 million people spend an average of $1,000 per person on garments yearly.

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Industrialisation key to boosting Zambia’s trade

ZAMBIA has been challenged to ‘up its game’ to tap into the South African market if it is to fully benefit from trading with that country.

The challenge by South Africa’s High Commissioner to Zambia, Sikose Mji, comes in the wake of the continued trade imbalance between the two countries in favour of South Africa.

Zambia Development Agency estimates that in 2015 Zambia only exported goods worth US$534 million while South Africa exported goods worth US$2.6 billion.

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Highest currency in Africa 2017 - Top 10

The value of any currency depends on the state of the country’s economy and on purchasing power of the currency on the international market. The strength of most African currencies is based on their value in comparison with the United States Dollar. This is because the US Dollar is the currency used worldwide to trade on the international market. Most African countries do not have strong and stable currencies.

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ICOMIA adds South African export council

The South African Boat Builders Export Council rejoined the International Council of Marine Industry Associations.

The council, referred to as Sabbex, brings the number of full ICOMIA members to 36 that span 34 countries.

“We very much look forward to working with Sabbex again in the development of the South African boat building industry by supporting its activities in export promotion, development and market prioritization,” ICOMIA secretary general Udo Kleinitz said in a statement.

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