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An Opportunity for South Africa to pursue new regional Policies?

Gerhard Erasmus
19 Jan 2018
South Africa is in the midst of a political battle. At the end of 2017 the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), elected Cyril Ramaphosa as its new leader, after a hotly conte... read more

Africa and the WTO’s E-Commerce Agenda

Ashly Hope (Volunteer), Puseletso Sauli (intern)
19 Jan 2018
The growth in telecommunications capability across the world has made trade possible through electronic means (cross-border e-commerce). Research from eMarketer shows that global e‑comme... read more

2017 in trade – green shoots in Africa?

Ashly Hope (Volunteer)
15 Dec 2017
While globally protectionist sentiment and economic nationalism continue to rattle the multilateral trading system, here on the continent, even amongst serious political upheavals, we are ... read more

The Appellate Body Crisis

Gerhard Erasmus
15 Dec 2017
The dispute settlement mechanism of the WTO has been a major innovation in international dispute settlement. It is often referred to as the jewel in the crown of the WTO system. It might b... read more

Africa must industrialise

Talkmore Chidede
06 Dec 2017
Industrialisation is part of the process of economic transformation – expanding and diversifying the productive base of the economy (creating more and different kinds of value addition a... read more

From the TDCA to the SADC-EU EPA – the significant changes

Willemien Viljoen
06 Dec 2017
The Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement (TDCA) has been governing the trading relationship between South Africa and the European Union since it entered into force (provisionally s... read more

Safeguard measures in the SADC-EU Economic Partnership Agreement

Willemien Viljoen
06 Dec 2017
Safeguard measures are a temporary restriction, of fairly traded products, to protect a specific domestic industry from a sudden increase in imports which causes serious injury to the dome... read more

Export opportunities for South African producers under the new market access conditions in the SADC-EU EPA

Willemien Viljoen
06 Dec 2017
The new market access provisions of the SADC-EU EPA came into effect on 1 November 2016 after two conditions were met: ratification of the EPA by the SACU member states and the bilateral e... read more

Preparing for Buenos Aires, can the WTO Deliver on Nairobi Promises?

30 Nov 2017
In December 2017, the 164 member states of the World Trade Organization (WTO) will convene the 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This is the first time this bi... read more