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KENYA: New Rules Introduced for Special Economic Zones

21 Jan 2020

Kenya will soon introduce new regulations to simplify tax incentives for companies operating in country’s special economic zones (SEZs) and to clarify operations within the zones....Read More

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JORDAN: Aqaba Container Terminal Trials TradeLens Platform for Customs

20 Jan 2020

The Jordanian customs department has announced that it will establish a pilot zone in the Aqaba Customs Centre for processing container shipments through the Aqaba Container Terminal using the digital...Read More

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ETHIOPIA: New Online Customs Service to Slash Import/Export Bureaucracy

14 Jan 2020

Ethiopian government has launched the Ethiopia Electronic Single Window (ESW), an electronic platform intended to speed the import and export customs process dramatically....Read More

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EGYPT: New Suez Canal Transit Tolls Announced Starting April 2020

9 Jan 2020

Suez Canal transit toll rates will be increased by 5% on the 2019 rates for dry bulk vessels and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers. Transit tolls on all other types of shipping, such as container...Read More

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ALGERIA: 2020 Finance Act Allows Majority Foreign Ownership

7 Jan 2020

Foreign investors are no longer limited to 49% ownership of non-strategic Algerian companies, while tax rates have been adjusted on a range of goods and services....Read More

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UAE: Dubai Multi Commodities Centre Introduces New Rules from January 2020

6 Jan 2020

The Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) has announced new rules that will come into effect from 2 January 2020....Read More

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EGYPT: New Foreign Investment Reporting Requirements Introduced

20 Dec 2019

The reporting requirements on companies with foreign investment in Egypt have changed....Read More

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ETHIOPIA: Agreements to Boost Trade Signed with Alibaba and Chinese Customs

18 Dec 2019

In recent weeks, the Ethiopian government has taken a number of measures to boost trade with China. It has signed three memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with global e-commerce firm Alibaba for the es...Read More

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SOUTH AFRICA: Ports Regulator Releases New Port Tariff Rates for 2020

13 Dec 2019

The Ports Regulator of South Africa has announced the new port tariffs for the period 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021....Read More

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UAE: Excise Tax on Sweetened Drinks and E-Cigarette Products Now in Force

12 Dec 2019

Sweetened beverages and vaping products will now be subject to United Arab Emirates (UAE) excise duty, effective from 1 December....Read More

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SENEGAL: Port of Dakar Officials Impose Higher Fines

5 Dec 2019

Officials at the Port of Dakar are imposing severe and unpredictable customs fines for cargo shortfalls, according to reports....Read More

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UAE: Dubai Enacts New DIFC Intellectual Property Law

4 Dec 2019

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has introduced a new law to protect intellectual property registered in the country and will appoint a new Commissioner to enforce the legislation....Read More

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KENYA: New Finance Law Enacted

3 Dec 2019

Income from sales on digital platforms in Kenya will now be subject to tax, one of a number of changes introduced under The Finance Act, 2019....Read More

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NIGERIA: Export Documents Digital Filing Now Mandatory

25 Nov 2019

Commercial export from Nigeria must now complete the e-Form NXP electronically, which replaces the previously required manual processing documentation....Read More

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KENYA: Data Protection Law Passed Targeting Tech Investment

21 Nov 2019

Kenya has passed a European Union-compliant new data protection law. The law sets outs restrictions on how personally identifiable data obtained from firms and government entities can be handled, shar...Read More

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UAE: Authorities Issue New Life Insurance, Family Takaful Rules

19 Nov 2019

The Insurance Authority (IA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has released new regulations covering life insurance and family takaful operations after three years of public consultation....Read More

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SAUDI ARABIA: New Franchise Law to Take Effect from April 2020

18 Nov 2019

The long-awaited Saudi Arabian Franchise Law is scheduled to take effect on 22 April 2020. The new law will regulate all franchises operating wholly or partly within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia....Read More

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OMAN: New Ministry of Technology Established

14 Nov 2019

Oman has established a new Ministry of Technology and Communications, responsible for information technology (IT) and telecommunication....Read More

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SOUTH AFRICA: New Trade Agreement Between SACU, Mozambique and UK

5 Nov 2019

An updated economic partnership agreement has been signed by the Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU) member states, Mozambique and the United Kingdom....Read More

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EGYPT: Stock Market Fees Slashed to Boost Investment

4 Nov 2019

The Egyptian stock exchange has cut transaction and settlement fees, as well as reducing premiums and expanding coverage for listed companies’ compulsory bankruptcy insurance....Read More

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