Ghanaian manufacturers push for establishment of a raw material council

GHANA – Manufacturers in Ghana are longing for the establishment of a Raw Material Council to, among other things, regulate and maintain standards of the raw materials fed to industries. According to the manufacturers, the […]

Tanzania Meat Board embarks on efforts to strengthen meat quality and safety systems

TANZANIA – The Tanzania Meat Board (TMB) has embarked on a nationwide initiative to strengthen meat quality and safety systems in the country. TMB Registration Officer, Mr Geoffrey Sosthenes, says that the efforts seeks to […]

Uganda to introduce new regulation for coffee farming to boost quality and output

UGANDA – The government of Uganda through the Uganda Coffee Development Authority plans to introduce a new law to regulate coffee farming in a drive to boost quality and output. The new National Coffee Bill, […]

Nigerian manufacturers call on government to halt 50% increase in VAT

NIGERIA – The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has called on the Federal Government to halt the proposed increase on Value Added Tax (VAT) by 50 per cent. According to the president of the association, […]

EU and Mercosur strike free trade deal for strategic relations

EUROPE – The European Union and Mercosur, a South American bloc comprising Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay have signed a free trade agreement to boost both political and economic relations. The trade framework is part […]

Kenya gives bakery sector 9 months extension for the use of banned plastic packaging

KENYA – The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Kenya through the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has resolved to extend the deadline for plastic primary industrial packaging for the bakery sector. According to […]

Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire to begin implementing cocoa floor price in 2020/2021

WEST AFRICA – Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire have scheduled the 2020/2021 season as takeoff for implementation of the agreed minimum price for cocoa produced in the two countries. As per the provisions of the agreement, […]

Ghana partners USAID in fish processors certification scheme to enhance safety

GHANA – Ghana in partnership with the USAID has launched a fish processors and traders certification programme aimed at enhancing safety along the value chain. The certification initiative dubbed “Class One Recognition Scheme” seeks to […]

Rwanda to introduce tax breaks for alcohol brewed from locally-sourced materials

RWANDA – The government of Rwanda is considering to reduce consumption tax on alcoholic drinks brewed from locally sourced raw materials. In a draft law presented to the Parliament by the Minister for Finance and […]

Uganda partners with Commonwealth in developing new guidelines for the fishing industry

UGANDA – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) with partnership funding from the Commonwealth Standards Network has developed new guidelines to streamline the country’s fishing industry. According to UNBS, the new guidelines outline basic […]