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Landmark agreement for African trade

Although trade has powered a large share of African growth, it has mainly been conducted with economies outside the continent. To encourage intra-African trade, leaders are working towards establishing the landmark Continental Free Trade Area involving all 55 African Union countries, writes Danae Kyriakopoulou.

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Now May must communicate and campaign

Theresa May and the EU have shown they want a 'good' agreement over Brexit. But problems remain. Many stem from within the UK, where Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are not disposed to compromise in the same way. Much will depend on May's communicative skills, writes Joergen Oerstroem Moeller.

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Schröder role in euro divide

Gerhard Schröder, Germany's former chancellor, introduced policies that re-established the country's competitiveness – heralding the persistent euro divide in performance between richer and poorer states. That was the conclusion of a discussion at the CSFI think tank on OMFIF's book 'Six Days in September'.

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Germany 'should lift economic potential'

Germany should adjust its economic policy to meet the needs of a 'high employment society' by cutting taxes and introducing reforms to raise potential growth and damp risks of overheating. This was the message in an OMFIF briefing in London by Volker Wieland of the German council of economic experts.

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Latin progress on world trade

Representatives from the 164 WTO member states will congregate in Buenos Aires next week for a ministerial conference, writes David Smith. For Susana Malcorra, Argentina's former foreign minister and the conference chair, this is a chance to adopt a progressive agenda that could make the WTO more relevant.

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China can 'fill US leadership vacuum'

'A process of gradual international monetary reform, catalysed by China, could start in 2018, focused on a greater role for the renminbi and other currencies in international safety nets. China would thus help fill a leadership vacuum left by the US,' said David Marsh, speaking at a forum on Chinese investment.

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Central banks 'can't tighten adequately'

Developed countries face rising inflationary pressures, but central banks cannot tighten money adequately because of governments' mounting debt, according to Prof. Charles Goodhart of the London School of Economics, speaking at the London launch of a book on monetary policy by Prof. John Mourmouras of the Bank of Greece.

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How Africa can attract more investment

Africa's large and dynamic economies present above average opportunities for growth, yet investment prospects are hampered by underdeveloped financial markets and unclear regulatory frameworks. This was the main message of a CNBC Africa special featuring OMFIF Chief Economist Danae Kyriakopoulou.

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Promoted Meeting VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

A lunch discussion with Chuka Umunna, Labour Member of Parliament for Streatham since 2010 and served as Shadow Business Secretary 2011-15. The discussion examined the Brexit negotiation process, the role of parliament, nature of a transition arrangement and the future relationship between UK and Europe.

Global infrastructure finance falls

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Global infrastructure finance falls

Global infrastructure financing has fallen short of its potential.Private sector investment and institutional investor capital are often raised as possible solutions for filling the infrastructure funding gap.

Regulatory freedom brings prosperity

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Regulatory freedom brings prosperity

Productivity and economic growth continue to disappoint in most countries. Although analysts show a great deal of concern for the so-called 'productivity puzzle', little attention is paid to the real solution: freer markets and increased competition.

Bull markets don't die of old age

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Investment Clock: Bull markets don't die of old age

Stock prices have been rising for more than eight years, but bull markets don't die of old age. There are few signs of the excessive growth, valuation or financial leverage that usually signal the approach of a bear market. With interest rates below inflation, it is unsurprising that money continues to flow into markets.

Euro area strength and the future of QE

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Euro area strength and the future of QE

The ECB's QE programme has played an important role in supporting economic recovery in the euro area. GDP across the currency union grew by 2.2% year-on-year according to the latest data for the second quarter of 2017, unemployment is down, and the threat of deflation has receded.

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End of bull market in sight

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End of bull market in sight

This month’s advisers network poll focuses on when and how the current bull market might end. Members of the network were asked: ‘Assets globally have benefited from a strong bull market in 2017. When will markets see a correction and what will be the cause?’