AGOA Forum 2018 outcomes: where to for a future bilateral trade relationship between the United States and Africa?

31 Jul 2018 ~ Eckart Naumann
Earlier in July 2018 the annual United States – Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum (“AGOA Forum”) drew to a conclusion in Washington, D.C. This annual event, more

Is Brexit now in the Emergency Ward?

31 Jul 2018 ~ Gerhard Erasmus
Brexit is due to happen on 29 March 2019 but there is no agreement yet on how the future relationship between the UK and the EU (the UK’s most important trading partner) will work. The more

Exceptions in the SADC-EU Economic Partnership Agreement

31 Jul 2018 ~ Gerhard Erasmus
Part IV of the SADC-EU Economic Partnership Agreement contains certain General Exceptions to the non-discrimination principle in the MFN and national treatment rules. Exceptions are more

SADC EPA Trade Defense Mechanisms

31 Jul 2018 ~ Gerhard Erasmus
The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) EPA Group[1] is a WTO compatible Free Trade Agreement (FTA) for more

The Settlement of Disputes under the SADC EPA

31 Jul 2018 ~ Gerhard Erasmus
African states are not known for instituting formal dispute settlement proceedings about the violation of trade agreements. They never do so amongst themselves and very seldom vis-à-vis more

Engaging with the international e-commerce trade agenda for structural transformation in Africa

30 Jul 2018 ~ Ashly Hope (Volunteer)
E-commerce can be an important contributor to Africa’s structural transformation. E-commerce is not just about online shopping. E-commerce is variously defined as the purchase and sale more

Implementing the AfCFTA: When and How?

30 Jul 2018 ~ Gerhard Erasmus
The implementation of international agreements is about achieving the objectives agreed upon. For trade agreements implementation is ultimately about ensuring active private sector more

Trump’s Trade War: Are the Brakes failing?

27 Jun 2018 ~ Gerhard Erasmus
It is claimed that the United States of America has the oldest written constitution in the world which is still in use. It was carefully crafted, through a system of checks and balances more

AfCFTA negotiations after Kigali – keeping an eye on the end game

20 Jun 2018 ~ Trudi Hartzenberg
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) negotiations took an important step forward in early June, as the African Union (AU) Ministers of Trade adopted the legally scrubbed more

How might Africa benefit from e-commerce technology?

19 Jun 2018 ~ John Stuart
World trade has entered a new mode; one that is to international trade what the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ is to traditional manufacturing. Digital tools now make it possible for more

Is the AfCFTA a Legal Person? Does it matter?

19 Jun 2018 ~ Gerhard Erasmus
International organizations can be (and often are) subjects of international law. Whereas States possess the totality of international rights and duties recognized by international law ( more

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and non-tariff barriers (NTBs)

05 Jun 2018 ~ Willemien Viljoen
Non-tariff barriers are some of the most prolific barriers to intra-Africa trade. If the AfCFTA is successful in addressing these barriers, significant progress can be made to increase more

African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the private sector

05 Jun 2018 ~ Talkmore Chidede, Camille Andriamahatana (intern)
African leaders launched the AfCFTA on 21st March 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda. A formal continental trading arrangement does not yet exist. It will officially exist once the AfCFTA Agreement more

A gender responsive AfCFTA

08 Mar 2018 ~ Ashly Hope (Volunteer)
The African Union’s agenda 2063 includes bold aspirations and targets for gender parity. It states: Africa of 2063 will have full gender parity… the economic and political glass more

Are the Brexit options for retaining SADC-EPA Benefits becoming clearer?

08 Mar 2018 ~ Gerhard Erasmus
Brexit will arrive in about one year from now, at the end of March 2019. There have been many statements and “clarifications” but official negotiations about how the European Union ( more

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and other African Union (AU) initiatives for economic integration

01 Mar 2018 ~ Talkmore Chidede
The AfCFTA is part of the broader economic integration and development agenda which has been Africa’s aspiration since independence and led to the formation of the Organisation of more

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

23 Feb 2018 ~ Willemien Viljoen
In September 2015, the 17 SDGs of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development were adopted by world leaders. The overarching rationale for the SDGs is to eradicate poverty, protect the more

Are Trade Remedies important for achieving the AfCFTA Goals?

23 Feb 2018 ~ Gerhard Erasmus
Trade remedies (TR) are trade policy tools used by governments to take remedial action against imports which cause injury to domestic industries. TR consist of anti-dumping (AD), more

Africa should not ignore what happened in Buenos Aires

23 Feb 2018 ~ Gerhard Erasmus
The 11th Ministerial Conference of the WTO in Buenos Aires was a disappointment. The meeting concluded without any new deals and no signs that the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) will be more

The AfCFTA: It’s not just about the tariffs

14 Feb 2018 ~ Ashly Hope (Volunteer)
Africa’s Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is part of a broader program for African integration. But integration is not an end in itself. The expectation is that this integration more