Building capacity to help Africa trade better


Themes of the Africa Climate (Finance) Summit: Loans, Taxes, Credits

20 Sep 2023 ~ Gita Briel
 DOWNLOAD BLOG The inaugural Africa Climate Summit, hosted in Nairobi, Kenya, concluded on the 6th September. The summit was, by design, centred around climate finance. Its resoundin...read more

Kenya’s GMO Ban: The Court of Appeal upholds the ban on GM Crops

29 Aug 2023 ~ Maleehah Khandwalla
DOWNLOAD BLOG On 3rd October 2022, amidst the worst drought Kenya has faced in over 40 years, the Cabinet of the Republic of Kenya lifted a 10-year ban on the cultivation within Kenya as ...read more

What the AfCFTA Agreement establishes and what the State Parties should do

13 Aug 2023 ~ Gerhard Erasmus
A recent communication from the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat to the African Union (AU) Member States says that in order to facilitate the Guided Trade Initiativ...read more

Wars in Africa are bad for the AfCFTA

13 Aug 2023 ~ Gerhard Erasmus
The objectives of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) of boosting intra-African trade in goods and services and eventually “to create a single market for goods, services, fa...read more

What is the Mandate of the AfCFTA? Is it changing?

13 Aug 2023 ~ Gerhard Erasmus
There is a provision in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement which provides that: [the] Council of Ministers shall within its mandate take decisions in accordance wi...read more

tralac’s Message on Mandela Day: Good Governance and the State

17 Jul 2023 ~ Gerhard Erasmus, Trudi Hartzenberg
Mandela Day serves to remind and inspire us to strive for social justice. This is the complex and multi-faceted challenge to adopt policies and strategies for addressing poverty and inequa...read more

tralac Annual Conference participants visit Masaka Dry Port in Kigali, Rwanda – lessons for implementation of the AfCFTA

12 Jul 2023 ~ Elizabeth Mulae
DOWNLOAD BLOG As African countries prepare to implement and operationalise the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), the effective implementation of the AfCFTA is now a key concer...read more

African CT&L Value Chain Performance, Potential and Gender

12 Jul 2023 ~ John Stuart
DOWNLOAD BLOG This Blog is intended to give an idea of the potential of integrated and cross-dimensional value chain, trade performance and gender analysis using tralac’s current databa...read more

Africa’s debt crisis: no Gleneagles moment ahead

29 Jun 2023 ~ David Christianson
DOWNLOAD BLOG Many African countries are currently experiencing a credit crunch. The crisis is sufficiently deep and widespread for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to subtitle its A...read more

The Gender Dimension of Tariff Preferences Utilisation

28 Jun 2023 ~ Gita Briel
DOWNLOAD BLOG Tariff preference utilisation rates indicate the extent to which businesses or entities take advantage of tariff preferences granted under trade agreements or preferential t...read more

The East African Court of Justice delivers a landmark judgement on Kenya’s bilateral negotiation with the United States without involving EAC Partner States

26 Apr 2023 ~ Maleehah Khandwalla
The United States (U.S.) and Kenya commenced bilateral trade through the enactment of the African Opportunity and Growth Act (AGOA), signed in the year 2000. Kenya is the second-largest b...read more

Can the private sector save South Africa’s Transnet?

05 Apr 2023 ~ David Christianson
South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa, met with board members of state logistics company, Transnet, in late March. According to a press release from his office, the president ‘has dir...read more

Water Cooperation Essential as Africa’s Water Crisis Intensifies

05 Apr 2023 ~ Gita Briel
There is a growing global water crisis, driven by climate change, population growth, increased water-intensive production, and the neglect of water infrastructure. The latest edition of th...read more

A Closer look at Trade in Environmental Services as SADC Prepares for Negotiations

05 Apr 2023 ~ Gita Briel
The global drive towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the increased availability of green finance, and the associated ambitions of firms and governments to improve their environmenta...read more

Is the national electricity state of disaster the answer for South Africa?

29 Mar 2023 ~ Dawid van Wyk
Introduction On 1 March 2023, South Africa’s state-owned power utility Eskom reached the 100-year mark. Instead of celebrations, the day passed under the dark cloud of measures publishe...read more

Can reducing Non-Tariff Trade Costs in Africa be the gamechanger for the African Continental Free Trade Area

28 Mar 2023 ~ Taku Fundira
The AfCFTA – an opportunity to boost intra-Africa trade The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) which is set to be the largest free trade area (FTA) in the world with 54 of the...read more

African States should keep track of the European Union’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism as implementation advances

08 Mar 2023 ~ Gita Briel
On December 13, 2022, the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on the implementation of an EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (...read more

The Windsor Framework: The Brexit deal clarified for Northern Ireland

08 Mar 2023 ~ Gerhard Erasmus
The United Kingdom (UK) was a member of the European Union (EU) from 1973. In a referendum held on 23 June 2016, the people of the UK voted to leave the EU. One of the reasons was their un...read more

Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) in trade and integration arrangements

08 Mar 2023 ~ Gerhard Erasmus
The Government of the United States has recently concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the AfCFTA Secretariat. It has also concluded one with Zambia and the Democratic Republi...read more

Botswana and Namibia concluded an agreement on the movement of persons

08 Mar 2023 ~ Gerhard Erasmus, Trudi Hartzenberg
On 24 February 2023, Botswana and Namibia concluded a bilateral agreement on the movement of persons.[1] This is an important regional development. What is the context and what are the imp...read more


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