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Djibouti commissions $3.5 billion Chinese-built free trade zone

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Djibouti commissioned a $3.5 billion, Chinese-built free trade zone on Thursday, deepening ties with the Asian giant and helping the Horn of Africa nation generate more jobs for its youths.

Djibouti, with a population of 876,000, already hosts Chinese, U.S. and French naval bases and it also handles roughly 95 percent of the goods imported by Ethiopia, its land-locked neighbour with 99 million people.

The zone will be jointly operated by Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority and China’s Merchants Holdings company.

The zone which will house manufacturing and warehouse facilities, an export-processing area and a services centre, is expected to handle trade worth $7 billion within two years, and create 15,000 jobs when complete.

 

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The Backbone of Gambian Economy Requires Careful Monitoring – Experts

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Prospects of a growing GDP must be reflected in growth in exports, foreign direct investment and tourist arrivals. The financial year is almost coming to an end but not much has been said about the main export crop.



Earlier a press release was issued questioning the prospects of the farming season.
However, the government has not said much about the trade season. It is standard of good practice to announce the prices of crops before they are even sown to motivate farmers to aim to have bumper harvest.
Now farmers are still waiting to be assured that their crops will be bought at reasonable prices. It is therefore important to keep an eye on the trade season and tourist arrivals as pointers to growth or decline in GDP.

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China eliminates poverty in 85 counties

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China, on Wednesday, announced that another 85 counties have been officially taken off the country’s list of impoverished areas, marking further steps toward its goal of eradicating poverty by 2020.

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The announcement, made by the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development, came on the fifth National Poverty Relief Day, which falls on October 17 every year.

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This is the largest number of counties to shake off poverty since China vowed in 2015 to win the battle against poverty.

It brings the total number of counties removed from the poverty list since then to 153.

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