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An update on the implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement by African countries as of July 2019

Talkmore Chidede
01 Aug 2019
This blog provides an update of the ratification and implementation status of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) by African countries as of July 2019.[1]... read more

Leveraging the Trade Information Dividend for Africa

John Stuart
01 Aug 2019
In the world of economics and trade, information is key. Economists refer to the ‘making’ of markets, which means the way in which market players come together to create a market for a... read more

tralac’s Message on Mandela Day 2019: Good Governance and the State

Trudi Hartzenberg, Gerhard Erasmus
18 Jul 2019
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

Does the African Continental Free Trade Area mean business?

Trudi Hartzenberg, Gerhard Erasmus
12 Jul 2019
When a large number of sovereign states launch an ambitious new free trade project and conclude binding treaties to signal their resolve, we should pay attention. If these are African stat... read more

Another Ruling against the Dismantling of the SADC Tribunal

Gerhard Erasmus
11 Jul 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

Dispute Settlement in the African Continental Free Trade Area

Gerhard Erasmus
11 Jul 2019
When national Parliaments received reports from the Executive about the outcomes of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) negotiations and why this Agreement should be ratified,... read more

What does the National Security Exception in GATT mean?

Gerhard Erasmus
11 Jul 2019
The World Trade Organization (WTO) regime is rules-based. One of the implications is that the Member States can only invoke exceptions that are expressly provided for; national measures ba... read more

When is a levy not a tax? A guideline from Namibia

Dawid van Wyk
11 Jul 2019
In the electronic communications industry the stakes are high. It is a lucrative world, complex and indispensable. If unregulated, things could easily get out of hand. Since it knows few b... read more

An important Comesa Court qualifier for natural and legal persons approaching the Court

Dawid van Wyk
11 Jul 2019
The Treaty that underpins the 27-member Community of Eastern and Southern African States (Comesa) contains an appealing provision for ordinary persons, natural or legal, who are involved i... read more

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