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How investment disputes in Zimbabwe will be resolved under the ZIDA Act

Talkmore Chidede
13 Mar 2020
The recently enacted Zimbabwe Investment Development Agency (ZIDA) Act [CHAPTER 14:37] guarantees local and foreign investors legal protection against discriminatory treatment, exprop... read more

The ZIDA Act: An overhaul of the investment policy regime and impetus for investment in Zimbabwe?

Talkmore Chidede
09 Mar 2020
On 6 February 2020, the President of Zimbabwe signed into law the Zimbabwe Investment Development Agency Act [Chapter 14:37] (ZIDA Act). ZIDA Act deals with the promotion, entry, facilitat... read more

Mining Indaba 2020: Vague Promises leave South Africa’s Mining Industry Insecure

David Christianson
12 Feb 2020
An article published online by the conference organisers sums up the limitations of events like the Investing in Africa Mining Indaba (‘the mining indaba’) held in Cape Town from 3-6 F... read more

Angela Merkel’s state visit to South Africa: its significance amid the current Germany-South Africa trade relationship

Eckart Naumann
12 Feb 2020
On Thursday 6 February 2020, German Chancellor Angela Merkel landed in South Africa as part of a brief visit to Southern Africa, which also includes a visit to Angola. This is her second o... read more

Brexit: The Milestone of 31 January 2020 and the Challenges ahead

Gerhard Erasmus
12 Feb 2020
On 1 January 1973, Prime Minister Edward Heath signed the EEC Treaty of Accession in terms of which the UK joined the EU. The same two parties have now finalized the formalities to end thi... read more

New Border Management for South Africa amidst unresolved systemic Issues

Gerhard Erasmus
12 Feb 2020
In December 2019, after many years of deliberation[1], the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), which is the second chamber of the South African Parliament, passed and returned the Border... read more

China and the United States conclude their first ad hoc Trade Deal

Gerhard Erasmus
12 Feb 2020
On 15 January 2020, US President Donald Trump signed a partial trade agreement with China. It is designed to contain the fallout of a more than 18-month long trade war between Washington a... read more

An interim Dispute Settlement Arrangement for some WTO Members

Gerhard Erasmus
12 Feb 2020
Since the end of 2019, the dispute settlement system of the World Trade Organization (WTO) can no longer function as designed. This system was created as part of the WTO Agreement during t... read more

How viable are auto component regional value chains in Africa?

John Stuart
21 Jan 2020
Automotive components are the building blocks of automobiles and hence are a key part of the one of the world’s largest manufacturing industries. Within Africa the automotive components ... read more

What if Africa were to liberalise the intra-Africa automotive components trade?

John Stuart
21 Jan 2020
What if Africa were to liberalise the intra-Africa automotive components trade? A forthcoming tralac working paper (by this author) presents the results of a simulation of the complete lib... read more

South Africa’s Role in the Automotive Components Trade in Africa

John Stuart
21 Jan 2020
Africa is a continent that is, in general, dependent on the rest of the world (ROW) for manufactured imports. There are some exceptions to this, one of them being the automotive components... read more

Outcomes of COP25

Talkmore Chidede
19 Dec 2019
The 25th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) was held in Madrid, Spain from 2nd to 13th December 2019. COP25 was intended to be the l... read more

Finding African Solutions for the Taxation of Digital Trade

Ashly Hope (Volunteer), John Stuart
19 Dec 2019
The development of the digital economy has brought many public policy and administrative challenges to governments worldwide. Among these is how an international taxation system that was d... read more

How, according to the Founders, will the AfCFTA Agreement be implemented and the Continental Free Trade Area come about?

Gerhard Erasmus
17 Dec 2019
The objectives behind the AfCFTA are ambitious and wide-ranging. A careful reading of the texts of the founding instruments is necessary to understand the nature and sequencing of the vari... read more

Where is the AfCFTA’s Engine Room?

Gerhard Erasmus
17 Dec 2019
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) might not be designed to have one single “engine room,” but the scope of the underlying ambition seems to require one. The creation of ... read more

Observer status for the African Union at the WTO

Gerhard Erasmus
17 Dec 2019
On 17 November 2019, Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chair of the African Union Commission (AUC), sent a letter to Ms Sunanta Kangvalkulkij, Chair of the General Council of the World Trade Organiz... read more

Dealing with Non-Tariff Barriers under the AfCFTA: What are the Prospects?

Gerhard Erasmus
17 Dec 2019
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) has been designed as the answer to the low levels of intra-African trade.[1] It should boost intra-African trade by reducing the tariffs on... read more

Services Are the New Economy

John Stuart
26 Oct 2019
As the digitalisation of the global economy progresses, the value size of the services economy relative to the ‘real’ economy is steadily rising. Before computers and the internet, ser... read more

Africa’s Digital Connectivity Dividend in Waiting

John Stuart
26 Oct 2019
“We have to be able to provide infrastructure and digital connectivity to the lowest common denominator at the most affordable price if we really want digital transformation to transform... read more

Creating a Single African Market on Trade in Services: Negotiating the Schedules of Specific Commitments under the Protocol on Trade in Services

Beatrice Chaytor
26 Oct 2019
Introduction The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is an economic game-changer for Africa. A major aim of this ambitious effort is the expansion of intra-African trade by lower... read more