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Challenges for the youth entrepreneurs in agriculture

Motlatsi Tolo
03 Jul 2020
We need action now for a better future not only for us but for generations to come. That is what sustainable development requires. It is time for future leaders to be mindful of the land, ... read more

Youth in trade and trade governance in Africa

Talkmore Chidede, Obert Bore
03 Jul 2020
Trade supported by improvements in trade governance can contribute to reducing inequalities by distributing benefits more equally across all segments of the society. Meaningful participati... read more

The Wild West is Dead; Long Live Data Protection

Paul Esselaar
02 Jul 2020
Some years ago, a major retailer in the United Kingdom was asked what happened when they introduced the Data Protection Directive of 1995 (an immense shift – almost like a sea change –... read more

COVID-19 to curtail FDI flows to Africa in 2020: How to mitigate the effects in the long-term?

Talkmore Chidede
02 Jul 2020
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will negatively impact foreign direct investment (FDI) flows to Africa and the rest of the world. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development... read more

Youth and post-COVID-19 recovery strategies in Africa and beyond

Trudi Hartzenberg, Talkmore Chidede
01 Jul 2020
It is clear that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will have severe global health, social, and economic impact on people and economies. To date, the science and statistics indicate that ... read more

Digital Solutions for Trade Facilitation

Wilfried Deudjui Mbouwé
01 Jul 2020
Introduction Since 1947, states of the world have been working to liberalize international trade by reducing tariffs, under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, and since 1995 unde... read more

Youth Entrepreneurship in Africa: A beacon of hope for the continent

Maria Immanuel
01 Jul 2020
Leaders are those who connect the dots. Equally, youth entrepreneurship in Africa will be driven by the young minds who have the ability to connect the dots. With so many challenges stemmi... read more

Use of Electronic Certificates of Origin now and beyond COVID-19 in intra-African Trade

Rwatida Mafurutu
29 Jun 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, it continues to restrain free movement of people, goods and services across African borders to unprecedented levels. Countries find themselves confronted... read more

Beyond SDGs: The role of African youth in reaping demographic dividends

George Lwanda
29 Jun 2020
A good starting point in the discourse on youth is how to define the population group that is considered youth. This is because there exists no globally accepted definition of the youth po... read more

Digitalise transport and trade procedures to ease the supply of essential goods during COVID-19 and beyond

Trudi Hartzenberg, Talkmore Chidede
29 Jun 2020
Governments across the world have implemented measures to stem the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Trade-related measures have been implemented particularly to ensure the contin... read more

How Should the Covid-19 Pandemic Inform Economic and Trade Policy?

John Stuart
29 Jun 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on economic activity globally. The World Trade Organization estimated in April that world trade would fall by between 13 and 32% in 2020, ... read more

EU investment governance developments: Implications for African countries

Talkmore Chidede
25 Jun 2020
The European Union (EU) investment policy is a model that many other countries have viewed as a standard or best practice in investment governance and have thus sought to emulate. Most of ... read more

An Agenda for the AfCFTA Protocol on E-Commerce

Ify Ogo
25 Jun 2020
E-commerce has been included in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) through a decision of the African Union Heads of State and Government Assembly in February 2020[1] and will... read more

South Africa’s April 2020 trade statistics – reduced exports lead to a significant trade deficit

Willemien Viljoen
16 Jun 2020
South Africa’s March 2020 trade data[1] showed that measures adopted by its global trade partners to curb the spread of COVID-19 mainly impacted South Africa’s imports. Main source mar... read more

Why it may be better not to rush the Implementation of the AfCFTA now

Trudi Hartzenberg, Gerhard Erasmus
25 May 2020
There have been urgent calls for completing the outstanding African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) negotiations and to implement this new continental free trade regime as soon as pos... read more

Some reflections on Africa Day 2020, COVID-19 and the AfCFTA

Trudi Hartzenberg
25 May 2020
We will all remember Africa Day 2020. Africa Day, which we have been celebrating on 25 May each year since the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1963, and its tra... read more

The Implications of COVID-19 for regional trade

Gerhard Erasmus
25 May 2020
COVID-19 is a global pandemic and will have severe implications for African nations. Inadequate public facilities, wide-spread poverty and crowded living conditions make them particularly ... read more

COVID-19 and its implications for women

Bineswaree Aruna Bolaky, Darsheenee Ramnauth
25 May 2020
In a recent op-ed, Sheryl Sandberg, the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook drew attention to the “double-double shift” that COVID-19 is imposing on women.[1] Women have multiple roles... read more

EAC Regional response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Geoffrey Osoro
25 May 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an impact on the East African Community (EAC) economies both directly and indirectly as a result of the measures being taken currently to contain the sprea... read more

The Pandemic and its Aftermath: The Role of Trade Policy

Patrick Low
19 May 2020
Received wisdom from a wide spectrum of commentators is that our post-COVID-19 world is going to be different from the one the virus invaded. Predictions vary considerably as to what is go... read more