Thursday, January 21, 2010

UK Salt Suppliers Grit Salt Supplies

In 2007/08 the winter maintenance budget for councils, which includes gritting and salting, was £185million.

How does Salt Cell work?

Last week, the Department for Transport convened ‘Salt Cell’, which provides advice to the salt companies on how to prioritise their deliveries and facilitate mutual aid agreements. It recommended to the Department for Transport last Friday that councils and the Highways Agency reduce their salt use by 25 per cent.

Salt Cell is convened by the Department for Transport and includes the Cabinet Office, the LGA, the Highways Agency and the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales. It assesses which areas of the country need salt the most and makes recommendations to the suppliers accordingly. Salt Cell’s decisions are not binding on the salt companies or individual local authorities.

Salt Cell met last Wednesday, Friday and yesterday (Tuesday). It will meet again on Friday.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Emerging Markets in West Africa

Owing to its strtegic location on the Atlantic trade and shipping routes between Africa and Europe, the USA, Central and Latin America and the Far East, The Gambia has become the port of choice for the importation and distribution of products, goods and services to the whole of West Africa.

As early as the 16th century when Portuguese explorers - then masters of international trade-first discovered the land, its people and various attractions, they were apparently convinced of its trade capabilities that they unanimously named it "El Cambio"(the exchange).

West Africa has a potential market of over 270 million consumers, and offers real business opportunities for manufacturing and exporting companies wishing to build a market share in the emerging markets of West Africa.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Free Trade Zones in Africa

Gambia Business & Investment: Free Trade Zones

A free trade zone (FTZ) or export processing zone (EPZ) is an area of a country where some normal trade barriers such as tariffs and quotas are eliminated and bureaucratic requirements are lowered in hopes of attracting new business and foreign investments.

It is a region where a group of countries has agreed to reduce or eliminate trade barriers. Free trade zones can be defined as labour intensive manufacturing centers that involve the import of raw materials or components and the export of fast moving consumer goods and other factory products.

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