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India Eyes African Investments

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India Eyes African Investments

With China keen to expand its trade ties with Africa—and maintaining a controversial energy relationship with Sudan (BBC)—discussion of Asian-African relations typically zeroes in on Beijing. Less commonly questioned are India’s substantial and increasing investments in Africa. India’s net investments on the African continent remain small relative to China’s (World Bank), but experts say a burgeoning Indian-African relationship nevertheless holds the potential to redraw economic lines of power in several African countries.


By CFR, USA.


International trade Policy Resource.


A Raw Deal for Rice Under DR-CAFTA

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A Raw Deal for Rice Under DR-CAFTA. The Free Trade Agreement between the United States and the Central American countries together with the Dominican Republic (DR-CAFTA) threatens the livelihoods of thousands of rice farmers in Central America. It opens the door to massive subsidized US rice exports at prices below the cost of production. If the Agreement is ratified and implemented, a flood of subsidized rice will displace thousands of Central American producers from the market. Only a few export and import companies will reap benefits. The dependence on food imports that DR-CAFTA will provoke may also worsen current levels of food insecurity for Central American countries. Oxfam fears that the implementation of DR-CAFTA will have a negative impact on poverty reduction in the Central American region.

 

By Oxfam USA, US.

International Trade Policy Resource.


Small Scale Gold Mining in Cambodia

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Small Scale Gold Mining in Cambodia. Oxfam America has published Cambodia's first ever report on small-scale gold mining in Cambodia. The report was written by Mr. Sieng Sotham, the Director of the Department of Geology, General Department of Mineral Resources, Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy. This report examines four of the nineteen known gold deposits. Using these four case studies the report illustrates the issues involving the use of toxic chemicals, the socio-economic factors and the lack of effective legislation.

 

By Oxfam USA, US.

International Trade Policy Resource.