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26 African countries create TFTA: Cape Town to Cairo free-trade zone

African countries have signed a historic The Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) that facilitates creation of Africa’s largest free-trade zone.

This free-trade zone will cover 26 countries in an area from southernmost tip of African continent i.e. Cape Town (South Africa) to Cairo (Egypt) in the north.

The pact was signed in Egypt will intent to ease the movement of goods across 26 member countries which represent more than half the continent’s GDP.

TFTA pact combines existing three trade blocs among the African nations viz

  • Southern African Development Community (SADC).
  • East African Community (EAC).
  • Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).

It will remove trade barriers on most goods, making them cheaper and stimulating $ 1 trillion worth of economic activity across the region of more than 600 million people. Thus bolster intra-regional trade by creating a wider market that will increase investment flow and enhance regional infrastructure development.

The pact will then be officially unveiled at the upcoming 25th summit of the African Union in South Africa. After adopting it will need parliamentary ratification from all member-nations.

Map Source: Agence France-Presse (AFP)

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Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi sentenced to death

Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was sentenced to death by Cairo court for his part in a mass jailbreak in 2011.

Now, country’s religious authorities will have to give their opinion before the sentence can be carried out.

Morsi who is leader Muslim Brotherhood Party was earlier sentenced to 20 years in jail for was on charges of espionage for his involvement in ordering the arrest and torture of protesters during his time in power.

He was Egypt’s first freely elected president after the military rule under Hosni Mubarak came to end in 2011.

In July 2013, he was ousted by the military after days of mass street protests by Egyptians demanding his removal because of his divisive policies.

After he was overthrown, the military led government had suppressed the Muslim Brotherhood movement and thousands of its supporters were arrested including Mohammed Morsi.

The Muslim Brotherhood movement was at its peak during Mohammed Morsi stint as President and had resulted in deaths of hundreds of people and thousands were imprisoned illegally.

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Pakistan 8th most dangerous country in the world: Country Threat Index

Recently released Country Threat Index (CTI) by US-based intelligence think tank- Intel Center has placed Pakistan eighth in the list of the most dangerous countries in the world as of March 2015.

Top 10 Most Dangerous Countries in the world

Rank

Country

CTI Score

1Iraq

811

2Syria

717

3Nigeria

272

4Somalia

257

5Afghanistan

186

6Libya

157

7Yemen

132

8Pakistan

122

9Ukraine

103

10Egypt

74

 Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only two South Asian countries in the list.

The rankings were prepared based upon CTI after examining the volume of terrorist and rebel alerts, messaging traffic, videos, photos, incidents and the number of killed and injured in a country over the past 30 days.

Intel Center is a Washington-based company established in 1989. It works globally for intelligence agencies a by providing them counterterrorism intelligence services. 

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