Tag: COVID-19

South Africa looks toward inclusive recovery to stabilise debt, boost growth

South Africa looks toward inclusive recovery to stabilise debt, boost growth

04 Aug 20  News
In a conversation with IMF Country Focus, the Director-General of South Africa’s National Treasury Dondo Mogajane explains how the government has responded to the COVID-19 c...
External debt complicates Africa’s COVID-19 recovery, debt relief needed

External debt complicates Africa’s COVID-19 recovery, debt relief needed

31 Jul 20  News
Calls made for temporary debt standstill for all African countries Mozambique was already struggling with repaying its $14 billion external debt when COVID-19 hit earlier this yea...
tralac’s Daily News Selection

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31 Jul 20  News
Diarise (5 August): PIIE Trade Winds, with Anabel González. African perspectives on the WTO and prospects for regional trade cooperation. Is a new African voice on trade emerging?...
tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

30 Jul 20  News
AfCFTA: Nigeria not ready for restrictive Rule of Origin (Nairametrics) Adopting a restrictive Rule of Origin will not allow the Nigerian manufacturing industry to enjoy the full ...
COMESA, EAC and SADC adopt harmonised Guidelines on Trade and Transport Facilitation

COMESA, EAC and SADC adopt harmonised Guidelines on Trade and Transport Facilitation

30 Jul 20  News
The Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), East African Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on 29th July, 2020 adopted harmonised Tr...
COVID-19 and the gender-related economic consequences for Africa

COVID-19 and the gender-related economic consequences for Africa

30 Jul 20  Blog
The world is struggling to cope with the economic and health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, its impact on women, and in particular the economic impact on women in ...
tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

29 Jul 20  News
Diarise: This event (30 July) will introduce Women and Trade: The Role of Trade in Promoting Women’s Equality – a joint report by the World Bank Group and the WTO. The report m...
WHO, WIPO, WTO launch updated study on access to medical technologies and innovation

WHO, WIPO, WTO launch updated study on access to medical technologies and innovation

29 Jul 20  News
On 29 July, the Directors-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the WTO presented a new edition of the Trilateral ...
COMESA COVID-19 Food Security Response Plan underway

COMESA COVID-19 Food Security Response Plan underway

29 Jul 20  News
The COMESA Secretariat has developed a draft COVID-19 Regional Food and Nutrition Security Response Plan to improve agricultural productivity, enhance access to competitive markets...
SADC member states urged to strengthen mechanisms to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, as 45 million people across the region face increasing food insecurity

SADC member states urged to strengthen mechanisms to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, as 45 million people across the region face increasing food insecurity

29 Jul 20  News
A new report released by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has revealed that close to 44.8 million people in urban and rural areas across 13 Members States of South...
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28 Jul 20  News
David Luke: Why trade matters for African development (LSE Africa) The central role of trade in development requires that trade policies, trade agreements and concessional arrange...
Testing Covid-19 regulations – the threshold looks low

Testing Covid-19 regulations – the threshold looks low

28 Jul 20  Blog
The South African Government’s first response to the Covid-19 pandemic was a hard lockdown, as it was called. The public response to the accompanying curtailment of rights and fr...
AfCFTA: Trade pact could boost Africa’s income by $450 billion, study finds

AfCFTA: Trade pact could boost Africa’s income by $450 billion, study finds

27 Jul 20  News
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) represents a major opportunity for countries to boost growth, reduce poverty, and broaden economic inclusion, a new World Bank repo...
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27 Jul 20  News
Diarise: South Africa’s June 2020 merchandise trade statistics will be released on Friday. ABSA forecasts a merchandise trade surplus “due to a combination of weak domestic dem...
WTO report shows members moving to facilitate imports even as trade restrictions remain high

WTO report shows members moving to facilitate imports even as trade restrictions remain high

27 Jul 20  News
While import-restrictive measures introduced by WTO members continued to affect a growing share of global trade, the Director-General’s latest mid-year report on trade-related de...
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24 Jul 20  News
Kenya’s Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development posts a call for consultants to provide technical assistance towards the negotiations for the proposed FTA...
Minister Patel tables Department of Trade, Industry and Competition Revised Budget Vote 2020/2021

Minister Patel tables Department of Trade, Industry and Competition Revised Budget Vote 2020/2021

24 Jul 20  News
Extracts from Minister Patel’s Address to the National Assembly During the first Budget Vote under the new Administration in July last year, Deputy Ministers Gina, Majola and I ...
Minister Patel briefs BRICS meeting on South Africa’s handling of the pandemic, outlining key lessons

Minister Patel briefs BRICS meeting on South Africa’s handling of the pandemic, outlining key lessons

24 Jul 20  News
The Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Mr Ebrahim Patel participated in the 10th BRICS Trade Ministers Meeting on Thursday. The Trade Ministers Meeting focused on respons...
The costs of driving smoking underground

The costs of driving smoking underground

24 Jul 20  Blog
It is not surprising that the total ban on cigarette sales in South Africa, under COVID-19 lockdown regulations, has generated a thriving black market. This impact of banning sale ...
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tralac’s Daily News Selection

23 Jul 20  News
The 10th BRICS Trade Ministers Meeting takes place today. On the agenda: responses to the corona virus outbreak, the strategy for BRICS Economic Partnership 2025, the Multilateral ...