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Wow, what a year it has been. From a global geopolitical perspective, 2021 has been a roller-coaster ride. At a global level, we had the US-China contest and pandemic politics, in which rich countries hoarded vaccines and declared a travel ban against Southern African countries — for discovering the Omicron Covid-19 strand — without scientific justification.

At a continental level, slow but steady progress appears to have been made across West, East and Southern Africa on pushing the African Continental Free Trade Area forward. It is only through trade and commerce that the continent can march forward.  ..

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