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Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko - Members of the mining community wait for food parcels donated by an Aid organisation, Gift of the Givers, at the Khomanani mine in Rustenburg May 28, 2014.

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Africa in the News: South Africa's Economy Shrinks; Ethiopia To Possibly Delay Joining WTO; The Resignation of Mali's Defense Minister

May 30, 2014, Ethan Lee

In the latest Africa in the News, Ethan Lee recaps the top news stories, including South Africa's shrinking economy; Ethiopia's possibly delay in joining the World Trade Organization; and the resignation of Mali’s Defense Minister Soumeylou Boybeye Maiga.

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  • In the News

    China would be delighted to see [the U.S. Export-Import Bank] go away. It helps U.S. exporters, large and small, by entering into deals the private sector may not.

    June 23, 2014, Miriam Sapiro, The Washington Times
  • In the News

    I think the prospects [for the Trans-Pacific Partnership] remain pretty much what they were before Obama went out to Asia, that is, we’re not going to see a deal fundamentally done until next year.

    April 28, 2014, Joshua Meltzer, ABC News Australia
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    Russia's Advantage

    March 17, 2014, Tim Boersma and Corey Johnson

  • In the News

    The Trans Pacific Partnership really is the opportunity to renegotiate Nafta in the sense of not actually having to open the agreement. Some of the controversy that always surrounded Nafta has continued and now we see it reemerging in the TPP context.

    February 19, 2014, Joshua Meltzer, The Guardian
  • In the News

    Canada has been very frustrated over the years that the Keystone decision has been put off, delayed.

    February 18, 2014, Joshua Meltzer, National Journal
  • In the News

    The WTO, since it launched the current round of trade negotiations in 2001, has had a series of failed ministerial meetings and it’s become clear that making progress on achieving an outcome on trade is becoming increasingly difficult in the WTO. The current set of agreements are probably, in a way, the easiest and least ambitious, although they will produce important gains.

    December 9, 2013, Joshua Meltzer, Voice of Russia
  • In the News

    A lot of developing countries are going to benefit around the [Trans-Pacific Partnership], it depends, at the end of the day, what the large developed countries are prepared to do in certain sensitive areas.

    December 9, 2013, Joshua Meltzer, CNBC
  • In the News

    Taiwan, as an APEC member, should be allowed to join the TPP 'in a formal sense' because the 21 APEC member nations are all eligible for TPP membership if they are able to meet the high standards that are being negotiated in the agreement.

    December 8, 2013, Joshua Meltzer, Taipei Times

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