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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

Investment dispute resolution under the Amended Annex 1 of the SADC FIP

Talkmore Chidede
01 Oct 2018
Effective dispute resolution is important for foreign investors. It guarantees legal certainty and predictability in markets and provides remedies when rights are violated. The resolution ... read more

MTN vs. Nigeria: on the perils of investment in Nigeria, or the arrogance of South African multinationals?

Ashly Hope (Volunteer)
01 Oct 2018
In late August this year, MTN was ordered by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to return around US$8.1 billion alleged to have been illegally repatriated (to its South African parent compa... read more

South Africa to ratify Tripartite FTA and Continental Free Trade Area Agreements

Gerhard Erasmus
17 Sep 2018
The South African Parliament is in the process of ratifying the Tripartite FTA Agreement. South Africa signed the TFTA in July 2017. The aim behind this Agreement is eventually to bring 26... read more

Education in the 21st Century Digital World

John Stuart
14 Sep 2018
In his 1995 best-selling book ‘The Road Ahead’, Microsoft founder Bill Gates said “the computer won’t dominate the learning experience, but it will effectively augment learning, es... read more

BREXIT: Where does it stand and what are the options?

Gerhard Erasmus
12 Sep 2018
If I were a business person in the United Kingdom (UK) or a concerned voter, I would be somewhat unhappy about the persistent uncertainty regarding the outcome of the Brexit process. There... read more

Brexit on Tour in Africa

Trudi Hartzenberg, Gerhard Erasmus
04 Sep 2018
Prime Minister Theresa May made a brief visit last week to South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria. These are the large, anchor economies of Southern, East and West Africa. They are also all membe... read more

Trade Governance Support to Empower Women Entrepreneurs

Ndiitah Nghipondoka-Robiati
31 Aug 2018
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand became, on June 21 this year, only the second head of state to give birth in office, after late prime minister Bhutto of Pakistan. She is the y... read more

Women driving the Cosmetics Sector in Namibia

Maria Immanuel
31 Aug 2018
Like agriculture and textiles, the cosmetics sector in Namibia is largely driven by women. Namibia’s cosmetic industry is probably one of the fastest growing in the country at the moment... read more

Women, trade and financial inclusion in SADC

Ashly Hope (Volunteer)
30 Aug 2018
Financial inclusion is linked to both economic growth and poverty alleviation. It enables people to participate in the economy, and therefore to trade. It is necessary for business growth ... read more

A gender agenda: South Africa’s tourism trade

Ashly Hope (Volunteer)
30 Aug 2018
South Africa has a sophisticated framework for gender equality. Equality is enshrined in the constitution, and legal protections and institutions are in place. Despite this, gender inequal... read more