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Huawei: Trade War is escalating into a Tech War

Gerhard Erasmus
11 Jun 2019
The inter-connected nature (and vulnerability) of the global trading system was dramatically demonstrated with the announcement on 15 May 2019 by the US Commerce Department that companies ... read more

What is still required for a complete AfCFTA Deal?

Gerhard Erasmus
17 May 2019
The African Continental Free Trade (AfCFTA) Agreement promises an ambitious new continent-wide trade arrangement for Africa. The Preamble says there will be “clear, transparent, predicta... read more

What happens to the RECs once the AfCFTA is in force?

Gerhard Erasmus
17 May 2019
Regional integration has been a prominent feature of inter-state cooperation in Africa for a long time. It is pursued for solidarity, historical, political and economic reasons. In additio... read more

The AfCFTA: What enters into force now and what does it mean?

Gerhard Erasmus
17 May 2019
On 29 April 2019, Sierra Leone and the Saharawi Republic deposited their instruments of ratification of the Agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). This br... read more

Rules of origin, tariffs and the AfCFTA

Willemien Viljoen
17 May 2019
Article XXIV of the GATT requires that ‘duties and other restrictive regulations’ on ‘substantially all trade in products originating in such territories’ of the contracting partie... read more

AfCFTA: What next for services trade?

Ashly Hope (Volunteer)
17 May 2019
Now that the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) has a firm date for entry into force, we must turn our minds to the operational phase of the AfCFTA. In... read more

How can the AfCFTA Investment Protocol advance the realisation of the AfCFTA objectives?

Talkmore Chidede
17 May 2019
The AfCFTA Agreement will include a protocol on investment – to be negotiated in phase II. Meanwhile, the technical issues on investment are under consideration, and the draft legal text... read more

The proposed AfCFTA Protocol on Intellectual Property Rights

Abrie du Plessis
17 May 2019
The AfCFTA Protocol on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) will be negotiated during Phase II. The draft legal text has to be submitted to the January 2021 Session of the AU Assembly for ad... read more

The proposed AfCFTA online non-tariff barrier reporting, monitoring and eliminating mechanism

Vonesai Hove
17 May 2019
How will it work? What are stakeholders expecting from this mechanism? The AFCFTA enters into force on 30th May 2019 with high expectations from the continental stakeholders particularly ... read more

Cooperation on competition in the AfCFTA

Trudi Hartzenberg
17 May 2019
Competition law is an essential component of market and, overall economic governance. Its aim is to promote competition, to enhance market outcomes for consumers and firms. Deeper integrat... read more

The Brexit Saga is far from over

Gerhard Erasmus
07 May 2019
Brexit has become a political and constitutional fiasco. It may also have dire consequences for business. Firms must deal with lingering uncertainty and the possibility of forfeiting the b... read more

President Ramaphosa’s 2019 State of the Nation Address

Gerhard Erasmus
01 Mar 2019
A State of the Nation Address (SONA) is not like a formal contract, especially not in an election year. It cannot be “enforced”. But the one delivered by President Ramaphosa on 7 Febru... read more

How will South Africa engage the Region, the Continent and the World?

Gerhard Erasmus
01 Mar 2019
In the African context, South Africa is a trading nation. What does the State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2019 say about South Africa’s trade policy? President Ramaphosa emphasised the ... read more

Good Governance is vital… but is easier said than done once the State has been captured

Gerhard Erasmus
01 Mar 2019
Those who observe South Africa from afar are often puzzled by the fact that despite all the evidence, not a single person has yet been prosecuted and convicted for a crime associated with ... read more

The Energy Crisis: How will Investors look at South Africa now?

Gerhard Erasmus
01 Mar 2019
South Africa has traditionally been associated with Africa’s best infrastructure, giving it an obvious advantage in terms of attracting investment and boosting further industrialization.... read more

How Can Blockchain Support Intra-African Trade?

John Stuart
21 Feb 2019
‘Blockchain’ – or Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) – is a technology whereby a ledger of transactions, or other form or record, is maintained electronically by being distributed... read more

Constitutional Court condemns South Africa’s role in demise of SADC Tribunal

Gerhard Erasmus
15 Feb 2019
In December 2018, the South African Constitutional Court ruled that the participation of the South African President in the decision to abolish the Southern African Development Community (... read more

Prospects for reforming/strengthening the WTO

Gerhard Erasmus
14 Feb 2019
Media coverage of the discussions at the recent World Economic Forum in Davos (which combined globalization issues with the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”) sketched a mixed and at time... read more

Where does the AfCFTA Process stand and what happens next?

Gerhard Erasmus
23 Jan 2019
African leaders held an Extraordinary Summit on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) from 17-21 March 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda, during which the Agreement establishing the AfCFTA... read more

Updates from the 7th African Ministers of Trade Meeting (12-13 December 2018)

Talkmore Chidede
23 Jan 2019
African Union Ministers of Trade (AMOT) held their 7th meeting in Egypt from 12-13 December 2018. The AMOT is a meeting African Union member states’ ministers responsible for trade. The ... read more