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What does the Adoption of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement signify?

What does the Adoption of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement signify?

29 Mar 2018
Trudi Hartzenberg, tralac Executive Director, and Gerhard Erasmus, tralac Associate, discuss the significance of the launch of the AfCFTA At the Extraordinary Summit of the Africa...
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African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the private sector

African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the private sector

29 Mar 2018
Camille Andriamahatana, tralac Intern, and Talkmore Chidede, tralac Researcher, discuss the importance of engagement with the private sector in successfully implementing the AfCFTA...
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How will the AfCFTA be established and its Legal Instruments be implemented?

How will the AfCFTA be established and its Legal Instruments be implemented?

22 Mar 2018
Gerhard Erasmus, tralac Associate, comments on the legal arrangements for the establishment of the AfCFTA The first two legal instruments for launching the African Continental Fre...
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How will the AfCFTA co-exist with other African Trade Arrangements?

How will the AfCFTA co-exist with other African Trade Arrangements?

22 Mar 2018
The text of the Agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) contains several provisions about how this new trade arrangement will co-exist with the Regi...
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Launching the AfCFTA: Getting the Politics and the Expectations right

Launching the AfCFTA: Getting the Politics and the Expectations right

22 Mar 2018
There is renewed interest (and excitement) about the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The first in a series of agreements to launch this continental trade arrangement ...
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The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and non-tariff barriers (NTBs)

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and non-tariff barriers (NTBs)

22 Mar 2018
Willemien Viljoen, tralac Researcher, discusses how the AfCFTA can help address the challenge of non-tariff barriers faced by African traders Non-tariff barriers are some of the m...
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Trade in services and the AfCFTA: No service is an island

Trade in services and the AfCFTA: No service is an island

15 Mar 2018
Ashly Hope, tralac Research Coordinator (trade in services and regulation), discusses services trade under the African Continental Free Trade Area The contribution of the services...
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The legal and institutional architecture of the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area

The legal and institutional architecture of the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area

15 Mar 2018
What is the African Continental Free Trade Area? In January 2012, the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government (HOSG) adopted a decision to establish an African Continenta...
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SADC EPA TRQ Utilisation Update and opportunities under SADC EPA

SADC EPA TRQ Utilisation Update and opportunities under SADC EPA

15 Mar 2018
Taku Fundira, tralac Associate, discusses tariff rate quotas under the SADC-EU Economic Partnership Agreement November 1, 2016, marked a new era in the European Union (EU)’s tra...
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Controversy over American Tariffs on imported Steel and Aluminium

Controversy over American Tariffs on imported Steel and Aluminium

15 Mar 2018
Gerhard Erasmus, tralac Associate, comments on the recently announced tariffs on steel and aluminium imports into the United States On Thursday 8 March 2018 the American President...
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2017 in trade – green shoots in Africa?

2017 in trade – green shoots in Africa?

15 Dec 2017
While globally protectionist sentiment and economic nationalism continue to rattle the multilateral trading system, here on the continent, even amongst serious political upheavals,...
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The Appellate Body Crisis

The Appellate Body Crisis

15 Dec 2017
The dispute settlement mechanism of the WTO has been a major innovation in international dispute settlement. It is often referred to as the jewel in the crown of the WTO system. It...
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Africa must industrialise

Africa must industrialise

06 Dec 2017
Industrialisation is part of the process of economic transformation – expanding and diversifying the productive base of the economy (creating more and different kinds of value ad...
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From the TDCA to the SADC-EU EPA – the significant changes

From the TDCA to the SADC-EU EPA – the significant changes

06 Dec 2017
The Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement (TDCA) has been governing the trading relationship between South Africa and the European Union since it entered into force (provisi...
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Safeguard measures in the SADC-EU Economic Partnership Agreement

Safeguard measures in the SADC-EU Economic Partnership Agreement

06 Dec 2017
Safeguard measures are a temporary restriction, of fairly traded products, to protect a specific domestic industry from a sudden increase in imports which causes serious injury to ...
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Export opportunities for South African producers under the new market access conditions in the SADC-EU EPA

Export opportunities for South African producers under the new market access conditions in the SADC-EU EPA

06 Dec 2017
The new market access provisions of the SADC-EU EPA came into effect on 1 November 2016 after two conditions were met: ratification of the EPA by the SACU member states and the bil...
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Preparing for Buenos Aires, can the WTO Deliver on Nairobi Promises?

Preparing for Buenos Aires, can the WTO Deliver on Nairobi Promises?

30 Nov 2017
In December 2017, the 164 member states of the World Trade Organization (WTO) will convene the 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This is the first time...
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A new Dawn for Zimbabwe!

A new Dawn for Zimbabwe!

23 Nov 2017
The jubilation in the streets of Harare is one of the most telling aspects of the ousting of Robert Mugabe as President of Zimbabwe. Zimbabweans rejoiced because the shackles of po...
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United States anti-dumping duties on steel rods from South Africa

United States anti-dumping duties on steel rods from South Africa

23 Nov 2017
On 25 October 2017 the United States (US) Department of Commerce announced the commencement of preliminary anti-dumping duties on imports of carbon and alloy steel wire rod from se...
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The COMESA Court of Justice clarifies important Jurisdictional Issues

The COMESA Court of Justice clarifies important Jurisdictional Issues

16 Nov 2017
Africa’s trade and integration endeavours are anchored in international legal instruments. This suggests that certain practical benefits should follow: Legal certainty about comp...
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