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Termination of the South Africa-Zimbabwe bilateral trade agreement: What does it mean for South Africa-Zimbabwe trade?

Elisha Tshuma
20 Nov 2018
The Bilateral Trade Agreement between South Africa and Zimbabwe will be terminated on 20 November 2018. The termination of the Agreement will affect certain imports from South Africa ... read more

Regional Integration as a building block for the Multilateral Trading System

Edwini Kessie
18 Nov 2018
The signing of the Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) by African countries earlier this year was a momentous decision which could potentially alter the economic growth trajectory of... read more

Assuring Continuation of Effective WTO Dispute Settlement

Alan Wolff
18 Nov 2018
Until the past few years, for many there was widespread complacency over the existence and state of the liberal world trading system. If progress was needed that could not be achieved at t... read more

WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement: An African perspective

Talkmore Chidede
18 Nov 2018
Trade facilitation discussions at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) began in December 1996, at the Singapore Ministerial Conference, when the member states instructed the WTO Council for ... read more

Is it time for a new Global Order?

Gerhard Erasmus
18 Nov 2018
The policies of President Trump have brought a new urgency to the debate about the future of the global economic and geopolitical order. American tariffs on Chinese goods[1], the withdrawa... read more

Modernisation of the multilateral trading system – WTO reforms

Talkmore Chidede
18 Nov 2018
The multilateral trading system and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) are today under threat. The system is being shaken by increasing protectionism and the imposition of non-tariff barri... read more

African Responses to Global Crises

Gerhard Erasmus
18 Nov 2018
How do African governments and Africa collectively respond to the crisis in the global trading system? Are joint policies being developed? By whom? How will such a process be coordinated a... read more

A WTO multilateral investment facilitation agreement: An African perspective

Talkmore Chidede
18 Nov 2018
Investment at the WTO Investment was introduced onto the World Trade Organisation (WTO) agenda in 1996 at the First WTO Ministerial Conference held in Singapore, when member states propos... read more

American mid-term Elections: What International Implications?

Gerhard Erasmus
18 Nov 2018
The American mid-term elections took place during the first week of November 2018 and were keenly watched. Many have hoped that control by the Democratic Party of the House of Representati... read more

The 2018 Global Food Security Index: What does the picture look like?

Obert Bore
18 Nov 2018
Food security is the state in which all people at all times have physical and economic access to adequate, safe and nutritious food that meet their dietary needs and food preferences for a... read more

The Settlement of Trade Disputes: Where do we stand and what can be done?

Gerhard Erasmus
18 Nov 2018
The crisis in the dispute settlement arrangement of the World Trade Organization (WTO) has a paralysing effect on the multilateral trade system. While the workload of the Dispute Settlemen... read more

The right kind of disruption... New banks in South Africa

Ashly Hope (Volunteer)
31 Oct 2018
There are a number of start-up banks set to challenge the dominance of the big four in South Africa (Absa, FirstRand Bank, Nedbank and Standard Bank) in the coming months, including Bank Z... read more

Brexit’s sober Lessons

Gerhard Erasmus
24 Oct 2018
Had it not been for the crisp analysis (and ridicule at times[1]) by many reporting on the oversimplifications offered by those who see Brexit as an opportunity to restore national “sove... read more

South Africa’s much-awaited Investment Conference: What will it tell us?

Gerhard Erasmus
24 Oct 2018
In September this year, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that an international investor conference will be convened as part of his drive to get $100 billion in new investment into South... read more

Zimbabwe ratifies the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement: What does this mean for Zimbabwe?

Talkmore Chidede
23 Oct 2018
On 17 October 2018, Zimbabwe deposited with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Secretariat its instrument of ratification of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA)[1], becoming the 139... read more

South African Poultry Association files an Application for setting aside AGOA

Gerhard Erasmus
01 Oct 2018
How do private parties involved in intra-African trade protect their rights and interests which may flow from the application of trade agreements? They do not, as a rule, enjoy standing be... read more

The Crisis in WTO Dispute Settlement

Gerhard Erasmus
01 Oct 2018
The effective functioning of the dispute settlement system of the WTO is essential for rules-based multilateral trade. It provides certainty and predictability and prevents power-based beh... read more

The Dispute Settlement Mechanism under the African Continental Free Trade Area

Obert Bore
01 Oct 2018
African Governments do not litigate against each other in trade matters. Will it be different under the African Continental Free Trade Area? We do not know. What we do know is that this po... read more

Dispute settlement in the East African Community (EAC)

Talkmore Chidede, Louis Gitinywa
01 Oct 2018
The EAC is a regional intergovernmental organisation of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. The EAC, among other things, aims to widen and deepen cooperation among m... read more

Alternative Dispute Settlement Procedures for Trade-related Disputes in Africa

Gerhard Erasmus
01 Oct 2018
African State are not active users of the Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU) of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The explanations point to Africa’s small share of global trade and... read more