Sweeping new rules to allow 100% foreign ownership of UAE companies

The United Arab Emirates has agreed to end restrictive laws governing ownership of local companies and grant long-term visas to attract investment

ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: First look at how VAT hike has hit inflation

S&P Global is expected to release its mid-year sovereign credit-rating review of SA on Friday, writes Sunita Menon

WATCH: What retail sales herald for growth

Econometrix chief economist Azar Jammine talks to Business Day TV about what the numbers and what they say about the economy

Wholesale trade declines 0.9% in the March quarter

This makes all of Stats SA’s first-quarter GDP results so far negative; the biggest sector decline was in metal dealers

Fund to cast a line to small fisheries in SA

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana wants black-owned businesses to benefit

Slow retail sales ‘to weigh on first quarter GDP’

Statistics SA reports that retail will contribute a 1.3% decline to first-quarter GDP

WATCH: What will it take to get SA’s unemployed working?

Adcorp CEO Innocent Dutiro talks to Business Day TV about some of the challenges hampering job creation

Analysts unpack SA’s doggedly high unemployment

The economy needs to grow at least 6% a year for a decade to begin to solve jobs crisis

Eurobond sale will test investor confidence in SA

Whether the country’s new dispensation has improved business confidence will be exposed in a budgeted sale of $3bn of international bonds this fiscal year

Unemployment holds steady, but it's not all good news

The Quarterly Labour Force Survey has confounded expectations for a slight deterioration, but there is still a great deal to worry about

Rob Davies upbeat on prospects for SA’s industrial policy

The trade and industry minister says better local and global conditions make the implementation of incentives and support more effective

WATCH: What pitfalls lie ahead for SA’s economy?

Investec chief economist Annabel Bishop talks to Business Day TV about the economic week that was and the prospects for the economy

Japanese now upbeat about deals with SA

Jetro’s Katsumi Hirano singles out competition with China and South Korea for Japan’s fall in trade with Africa

ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: Retail trade sales may reflect positive story

The quarterly labour force survey revealing employment trends will be the main economic data this week, writes Asha Speckman

WATCH: What is needed to repair the manufacturing sector?

Manufacturing Circle executive director Philippa Rodseth spoke to Business Day TV about the figures and what they mean for the sector

WATCH: Why SA does not need bad news about mining and manufacturing output

Pan-African Investment and Research Services CEO and economist Iraj Abedian spoke to Business Day TV about the data and what it means for the economy

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