Tag: COVID-19

In wake of COVID-19, African Union to keep AfCFTA on track with digital technology

In wake of COVID-19, African Union to keep AfCFTA on track with digital technology

16 Aug 20  News
Since the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic, the AU Commission, like most intergovernmental organisations around the world, has shifted most of its activities online. In this contex...
40th SADC Summit and the anticipated key trade issues on the agenda

40th SADC Summit and the anticipated key trade issues on the agenda

14 Aug 20  Blog
The 2020 Southern African Development Community (SADC) 40th Summit of Heads of State and Government kicked off in earnest on the 10th of August 2020. The Summit is being coordinate...
SADC Council of Ministers calls for coordinated measures to mitigate impact of COVID-19, as Mozambique takes over Chairpersonship of Council

SADC Council of Ministers calls for coordinated measures to mitigate impact of COVID-19, as Mozambique takes over Chairpersonship of Council

14 Aug 20  News
The Council of Ministers of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) held its virtual meeting on 13 August, 2020 with a call for strong and coordinated measures for the re...
Assessing Africa’s policies and institutions: Safeguarding human capital during and beyond COVID-19

Assessing Africa’s policies and institutions: Safeguarding human capital during and beyond COVID-19

14 Aug 20  News
The  Country Policy and Institutional Assessment (CPIA) for Africa  is an annual diagnostic tool for Sub-Saharan African countries eligible for International Developm...
WTO issues new report on how COVID-19 crisis may push up trade costs

WTO issues new report on how COVID-19 crisis may push up trade costs

14 Aug 20  News
The WTO Secretariat has published a new information note warning of possible increases to trade costs due to COVID-19 disruptions. The note examines the pandemic’s impact on key ...
SADC Senior Officials meet ahead of 40th Ordinary Summit and Council of Ministers meeting

SADC Senior Officials meet ahead of 40th Ordinary Summit and Council of Ministers meeting

12 Aug 20  News
The preceding meetings of the 40th Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government and Council of Ministers meeting of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) start...
ECA report urges African countries to harmonize trade and transport regulations in the fight against COVID-19

ECA report urges African countries to harmonize trade and transport regulations in the fight against COVID-19

12 Aug 20  News
The Regional Integration and Trade Division (RITD) at ECA has released a new report entitled “Facilitating Cross-Border Trade Through a Coordinated African Response to COVID-19...
SADC, EU and Germany step-up cooperation towards regional response to COVID-19

SADC, EU and Germany step-up cooperation towards regional response to COVID-19

10 Aug 20  News
As part of the on-going regional response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Her Excellency Dr. Stergomena Lawr...
All set for SADC annual summit amid COVID-19 concerns

All set for SADC annual summit amid COVID-19 concerns

10 Aug 20  News
The 40th SADC Summit scheduled for Maputo, Mozambique on 17 August will for the first time in history be held in a virtual format. This is due to health measures and travel restri...
Industrialisation and economic diversification at the heart of a reviewed PREF-CEMAC

Industrialisation and economic diversification at the heart of a reviewed PREF-CEMAC

07 Aug 20  News
In line with ECA's campaign on the structural transformation of the economies of Central Africa, CEMAC countries have just adopted a five-year post-COVID-19 recovery plan that prio...
Rwanda harnesses technology to fight COVID-19, drive recovery

Rwanda harnesses technology to fight COVID-19, drive recovery

06 Aug 20  News
In a conversation with IMF Country Focus, Rwanda’s Minister of State in Charge of National Treasury Richard Tusabe explains how his government is leveraging technology and grass-...
Nations to meet in Barbados to chart new path for post-coronavirus economic recovery

Nations to meet in Barbados to chart new path for post-coronavirus economic recovery

05 Aug 20  News
UNCTAD15, the UN trade and development body's fifteenth quadriennial conference, will take place under the theme “From inequality and vulnerability to prosperity for all” as th...
COMESA COVID-19 Food Security and Nutrition Plan adopted

COMESA COVID-19 Food Security and Nutrition Plan adopted

05 Aug 20  News
Ministers responsible for agriculture, environment and natural resources have adopted the COMESA COVID-19 Food Security Response Plan to help the region deal with the impacts of Co...
WTO report draws attention to impact of COVID-19 trade disruptions on women

WTO report draws attention to impact of COVID-19 trade disruptions on women

05 Aug 20  News
Women are likely to be harder hit than men by trade disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the dangers are particularly acute in developing countries according to a new in...
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

tralac’s Daily News Selection

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 ...