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Video: Namibian lawmaker Hengari decries barriers to trade



In this video, a Namibian opposition lawmaker of the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), Inna Hengari, decries difficulties around import and export enterprises in the South African country.

The lawmaker emphasized the challenges faced by young people who run “order with me” businesses, where they import goods to resell locally, and the struggles they are condemned to face due to the stringent operations of the Namibia Revenue Agency (NAMRA).


Namibia exports mostly low-value primary commodities, with the exception of diamonds, and has a high demand for high-value manufactured goods and machinery, which has resulted in a structurally negative trade balance.

China accounts for 34.1% of Namibia’s exports, followed by South Africa (14.5%), Botswana, Belgium, Spain, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. According to Comtrade’s most recent data, the top suppliers are South Africa (36.2% of imports), Zambia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, China, Bulgaria, India, and the United States.

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Video: Kenya’s Ruto argues for reduced budget deficit, public debt



In this video, Kenyan President, William Ruto, revealed that his country’s budget for the 2024/2025 financial year had been revised downward from Kes 4.23 trillion to Kes 3.7 trillion to minimize public debt and allow fiscal prudence.

“We need to manage our expenditure, that’s why I had a meeting with the parastatals because we have to live within our means…we cutting largesse and eliminating wastage

“We are reducing our budget from four points, almost 4.2 trillion (shillings) to 3.7 trillion, we need to live within our means… we are shedding off fat,” Ruto told Kenyans in Ghana in a video during a state visit on Tuesday.

In addition to lowering spending and the budget deficit, Ruto’s administration—which assumed office in 2022—has also been enacting additional taxes, which have infuriated certain people and organizations and prompted legal challenges.

The total amount of Kenya’s governmental debt as of December 2023 was around 11.1 trillion Kenyan shillings (Ksh), or 82.1 billion US dollars. Over the period, Kenya’s government debt has generally increased.

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Video: Kenya’s Ruto plans bonuses for sugar cane farmers



In this video, Kenyan President, William Ruto, revealed that the country would begin payment of bonuses to sugar cane farmers, just like their tea counterparts.

Ruto stated that he saw the policy through despite legal confrontation against it, noting that the government had begun setting up a sugar marketing agency, replicating the Kenya Tea Development Agency Limited (KTDA) in the tea sector with a clear dividend payout policy.

For each kilogram of green leaf delivered to the agency’s facilities, tea farmers associated with the Kenya Tea Development Agency Limited (KTDA) got an increase in their monthly tea payments in December.

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