Building capacity to help Africa trade better


How ready is Ghana for the AfCFTA?

16 Dec 2023 ~ Daisy Codjoe
More than four years after the operational launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Ghana is participating in the Guided Trade Initiative (GTI), a pilot trading programm...read more

Embracing DigitALL Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality to support achieving the SDGs: the case of Zambia

16 Dec 2023 ~ Zilinde Monjeza
The theme for the 2023 International Women’s Day (8 March) was “DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality.” It has generally been observed that women and girls still re...read more

First steps taken to address SA’s logistics crisis

14 Dec 2023 ~ David Christianson
In early December 2023, the South African cabinet approved the Freight Logistics Roadmap, jointly drafted by the Presidency and representatives of the private sector. While it is common ca...read more

South Africa’s need to revive mining exploration

14 Dec 2023 ~ David Christianson
According to Minerals Council South Africa CEO, Mzila Mthenjane, in an op-ed published in October, the country’s mining exploration spend in 2023 was 0.8 percent of global spend, down fr...read more

Women Cross-Border Traders and Food Security in Southern Africa: Role of Simplified Trade Regimes – case of Malawi and Zambia

12 Dec 2023 ~ Mary Frances Malunga
A growing food security crisis is looming globally. Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food wh...read more

Climate and Health at COP28: Treating the Symptoms or Causes?

11 Dec 2023 ~ Emily Pender
Air pollution causes over 8 million deaths per year. By 2050 extreme heat, diarrhea, dengue, malaria, and malnutrition (stunting) will together cause 21 million more deaths than there woul...read more

Fossil Fables: Reading Between the Lines of the COP28 Oil and Gas Decarbonization Charter

07 Dec 2023 ~ Emily Pender
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) 28th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP28) is underway in Dubai until the 12 December 2023. According to t...read more

Why Value Chain Development of the Cosmetics & Personal Care Products Sector Could Benefit Female MSME Entrepreneurs in Africa

30 Nov 2023 ~ John Stuart
DOWNLOAD BLOG The cosmetics and personal care products value chain in Africa is an emerging and rapidly growing sector, reflecting the increasing demand from a burgeoning middle class and...read more

What is the DNA of the AfCFTA?

30 Nov 2023 ~ Gerhard Erasmus
DOWNLOAD BLOG It has been said that “… the significance of the AfCFTA cannot be overstated. It is the world’s largest free trade area since the establishment of the World Trade Orga...read more

The AfCFTA Protocol on Women and Youth as part of a new trade and integration discourse

30 Nov 2023 ~ Gerhard Erasmus
DOWNLOAD BLOG When the negotiations to conclude the Agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) started in 2015, the initial focus was on boosting intra-Africa...read more

UNCTAD LDC Report shines light on climate funding shortfall ahead of COP28

28 Nov 2023 ~ Emily Pender
The 2023 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Report released by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) finds that LDCs have not received enough financial assistance t...read more

Supporting women cross-border traders

18 Oct 2023 ~ Edna Oduwo
DOWNLOAD BLOG Over the past few years, matters on gender equality, gender biases and gender mainstreaming in trade policy have become more prominent in public debates with increased focus...read more

Will investment flows increase under the AfCFTA Investment Protocol?

18 Oct 2023 ~ Gerhard Erasmus
DOWNLOAD BLOG Africa needs investments to develop and industrialize. The bulk of it comes in the form of foreign direct investment (FDI). In 2021 FDI into African countries amounted to $8...read more

How is the AfCFTA’s industrial development agenda shaping up?

18 Oct 2023 ~ Gerhard Erasmus
DOWNLOAD BLOG Industrialisation is vital for Africa’s long-term development. To achieve its objectives and boost intra-African trade (which stands at very low levels and involves m...read more

Themes of the Africa Climate (Finance) Summit: Loans, Taxes, Credits

20 Sep 2023 ~ Gita Briel
DOWNLOAD BLOG The inaugural Africa Climate Summit, hosted in Nairobi, Kenya, concluded on the 6th September. The summit was, by design, centred around climate finance. Its resounding key ...read more

Kenya’s GMO Ban: The Court of Appeal upholds the ban on GM Crops

29 Aug 2023 ~ Maleehah Khandwalla
DOWNLOAD BLOG On 3rd October 2022, amidst the worst drought Kenya has faced in over 40 years, the Cabinet of the Republic of Kenya lifted a 10-year ban on the cultivation within Kenya as ...read more

What the AfCFTA Agreement establishes and what the State Parties should do

13 Aug 2023 ~ Gerhard Erasmus
A recent communication from the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat to the African Union (AU) Member States says that in order to facilitate the Guided Trade Initiativ...read more

Wars in Africa are bad for the AfCFTA

13 Aug 2023 ~ Gerhard Erasmus
The objectives of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) of boosting intra-African trade in goods and services and eventually “to create a single market for goods, services, fa...read more

What is the Mandate of the AfCFTA? Is it changing?

13 Aug 2023 ~ Gerhard Erasmus
There is a provision in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement which provides that: [the] Council of Ministers shall within its mandate take decisions in accordance wi...read more

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

17 Jul 2023 ~ Gerhard Erasmus, Trudi Hartzenberg
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

tralac Annual Conference participants visit Masaka Dry Port in Kigali, Rwanda – lessons for implementation of the AfCFTA

12 Jul 2023 ~ Elizabeth Mulae
DOWNLOAD BLOG As African countries prepare to implement and operationalise the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), the effective implementation of the AfCFTA is now a key concer...read more

African CT&L Value Chain Performance, Potential and Gender

12 Jul 2023 ~ John Stuart
DOWNLOAD BLOG This Blog is intended to give an idea of the potential of integrated and cross-dimensional value chain, trade performance and gender analysis using tralac’s current databa...read more

Africa’s debt crisis: no Gleneagles moment ahead

29 Jun 2023 ~ David Christianson
DOWNLOAD BLOG Many African countries are currently experiencing a credit crunch. The crisis is sufficiently deep and widespread for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to subtitle its A...read more

The Gender Dimension of Tariff Preferences Utilisation

28 Jun 2023 ~ Gita Briel
DOWNLOAD BLOG Tariff preference utilisation rates indicate the extent to which businesses or entities take advantage of tariff preferences granted under trade agreements or preferential t...read more

The East African Court of Justice delivers a landmark judgement on Kenya’s bilateral negotiation with the United States without involving EAC Partner States

26 Apr 2023 ~ Maleehah Khandwalla
The United States (U.S.) and Kenya commenced bilateral trade through the enactment of the African Opportunity and Growth Act (AGOA), signed in the year 2000. Kenya is the second-largest b...read more

Can the private sector save South Africa’s Transnet?

05 Apr 2023 ~ David Christianson
South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa, met with board members of state logistics company, Transnet, in late March. According to a press release from his office, the president ‘has dir...read more

Water Cooperation Essential as Africa’s Water Crisis Intensifies

05 Apr 2023 ~ Gita Briel
There is a growing global water crisis, driven by climate change, population growth, increased water-intensive production, and the neglect of water infrastructure. The latest edition of th...read more

A Closer look at Trade in Environmental Services as SADC Prepares for Negotiations

05 Apr 2023 ~ Gita Briel
The global drive towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the increased availability of green finance, and the associated ambitions of firms and governments to improve their environmenta...read more

Is the national electricity state of disaster the answer for South Africa?

29 Mar 2023 ~ Dawid van Wyk
Introduction On 1 March 2023, South Africa’s state-owned power utility Eskom reached the 100-year mark. Instead of celebrations, the day passed under the dark cloud of measures publishe...read more

Can reducing Non-Tariff Trade Costs in Africa be the gamechanger for the African Continental Free Trade Area

28 Mar 2023 ~ Taku Fundira
The AfCFTA – an opportunity to boost intra-Africa trade The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) which is set to be the largest free trade area (FTA) in the world with 54 of the...read more


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