Tag: COVID-19

Amid fears of worst recession in decades, urgent calls for solidarity, a united economic front

Amid fears of worst recession in decades, urgent calls for solidarity, a united economic front

23 Jul 20  News
With multilateral cooperation under strain, senior UN officials, Nobel laureates and eminent academic experts, gathered virtually on Wednesday for the launch of a new report recomm...
EAC Partner States adopt import duty measures to boost local production amidst COVID-19 pandemic

EAC Partner States adopt import duty measures to boost local production amidst COVID-19 pandemic

23 Jul 20  News
EAC Partner States, i.e. Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, have adopted various measures on EAC Common External Tariff (CET) with the aim of boosting local production in...
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22 Jul 20  News
Diarise: 27 July. Leading the way: How Africa is establishing a 21st century trade agenda This event will introduce the new World Bank Group report: The African Continental Free T...
COVID-19 is fuelling acceleration in digital transformation in Africa

COVID-19 is fuelling acceleration in digital transformation in Africa

22 Jul 20  News
The world is increasingly going digital but much still need to be done on the continent to increase internet penetration. According to the International Telecommunication Union, in...
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21 Jul 20  News
Diarise: SA and the IMF: The IMF’s executive board will meet on Monday, 27 July, to consider South Africa’s request for a Covid-19 response loan. AfCFTA negotiations ...
Trade policy can ensure inclusive prosperity in wake of COVID-19

Trade policy can ensure inclusive prosperity in wake of COVID-19

21 Jul 20  News
Trade-restrictive measures imposed by G20 governments have reached historically high levels, a trend that has only increased with the pandemic. Worldwide, supply ch...
COMESA develops Covid-19 Online Portal to spur e-trade

COMESA develops Covid-19 Online Portal to spur e-trade

21 Jul 20  News
COMESA has developed an online portal to be used by Member States to exchange information on availability of essential products within the region. This is in response to a directiv...
World off track in meeting 2030 Agenda, UN deputy chief warns, calls for solidarity in COVID-19 recovery

World off track in meeting 2030 Agenda, UN deputy chief warns, calls for solidarity in COVID-19 recovery

21 Jul 20  News
The world was off track in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, even before the COVID-19 crisis erupted, but can get back on course by increasing investment ...
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20 Jul 20  News
Call for Papers: AfDB/UNECA/UNDP African Economic Conference 2020 for young African researchers Request for Proposals: Undertake feasibility study, design, establish and provide a...
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17 Jul 20  News
The Seychelles cabinet this week approved the AfCFTA draft initial offer for Seychelles under the Protocol for Trade in Services African Medicines Agency update: Burkina Faso beca...
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16 Jul 20  News
Okonjo-Iweala unfolds plans to rejuvenate WTO (ThisDay) While noting that micro, small and medium scale enterprises have been bruised by the COVID-19, she stressed the need for di...
14th European Union-South Africa Ministerial Political Dialogue: Joint Press Release

14th European Union-South Africa Ministerial Political Dialogue: Joint Press Release

16 Jul 20  News
14 July 2020 (by video conference) The European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, Mr Josep Borre...
Africa will need a lot of energy to power its COVID-19 recovery, says Vera Songwe

Africa will need a lot of energy to power its COVID-19 recovery, says Vera Songwe

16 Jul 20  News
Africa will need a lot of energy to build back better in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Vera Songwe, sa...
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15 Jul 20  News
Diarise: EAC experts meeting on outstanding issues under Phase 1 of the AFCFTA negotiations (22-24 July) The selection process for the next WTO Director General began today, and w...
AfCFTA Africa’s plan to ride out crippling coronavirus crisis, says Vera Songwe

AfCFTA Africa’s plan to ride out crippling coronavirus crisis, says Vera Songwe

15 Jul 20  News
Africa does not need a Marshall Plan to ride out the ongoing coronavirus crisis. It has a more powerful tool in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to use in accelerat...
Africans must explore opportunities in digital trade, says AfCFTA Chief

Africans must explore opportunities in digital trade, says AfCFTA Chief

15 Jul 20  News
Secretary-General of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat Wamkele Mene would like Africans to take advantage of the opportunities in digital trade because A...
Productivity growth, key driver of poverty reduction, threatened by COVID-19 disruptions

Productivity growth, key driver of poverty reduction, threatened by COVID-19 disruptions

15 Jul 20  News
First Comprehensive Study on Challenges and Opportunities to Rekindle Productivity Growth Productivity growth, a force that has contributed to lifting millions of people out of po...
Strict lockdown regulations – medical and electronic equipment flown in and cross-border road traffic reduced by two-thirds

Strict lockdown regulations – medical and electronic equipment flown in and cross-border road traffic reduced by two-thirds

14 Jul 20  Blog
South Africa’s main trading partners are China (imports of electronic components, machinery and parts and motor vehicle components; exports of ores and concentrates), Germany (im...
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14 Jul 20  News
The UN Secretary‑General António Guterres has announced the appointment of Ms Cristina Duarte of Cabo Verde as his Special Adviser on Africa. The AU has advertised the position...
South Africa’s trade data update – the May 2020 data reveals the effect of eased lockdown restrictions

South Africa’s trade data update – the May 2020 data reveals the effect of eased lockdown restrictions

14 Jul 20  Blog
Since the beginning of May 2020 South Africa gradually started to ease lockdown restrictions with a consequent increase in trade reflected in South Africa’s trade data for May wh...