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tralac Annual Conference 2020

tralac Annual Conference 2020

Trade Governance in Africa midst a Pandemic and other Global Challenges

Our flagship event took place virtually on 21-22 September 2020 in a series of webinars. This is one of the many consequences of COVID-19. At this occasion we discussed select trade governance matters in Africa.

There is widespread agreement that the multilateral trading system requires reform. We considered what a future World Trade Organisation (WTO) could look like, taking lessons from COVID-19, new generation plurilaterals and the one multilateral agreement concluded since the establishment of the WTO – the Trade Facilitation Agreement.

Turning to the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), a recent World Bank study concluded, as have many other studies, that significant benefits could come from reducing red tape and improving customs and border management. We provided an overview of the key features of the AfCFTA; an update on the negotiations, institutional arrangements and preparations for trade to begin; and what is necessary to achieve the objectives of the AfCFTA. Can COVID-19 provide a push to the adoption of digital trade solutions to facilitate trade under the AfCFTA?

Find out more in our Conference Report.


Programme overview

  • Keynote Address | 21 September 10:00 - 11:00 GMT+2

    H.E. Wamkele Mene, Secretary-General, AfCFTA Secretariat

  • Session 1 | 21 September 11:00 - 12:00 GMT+2

    A World Trade Organisation fit for 21st century trade governance: what can we learn from the COVID-19 pandemic, new generation plurilaterals and Trade Facilitation Agreement?

    Mr Alan Wolff, Deputy-Director General, World Trade Organisation

  • Keynote Address | 21 September 14:00 - 15:00 GMT+2

    H.E. Ambassador Albert M. Muchanga, Commissioner for Trade and Industry, African Union Commission

  • Session 2 | 21 September 15:00 - 16:30 GMT+2

    Panel discussion: Lessons from COVID-19 – what needs to be done to facilitate Africa’s trade?

    Moderator: Ms Trudi Hartzenberg, tralac

  • Session 3 | 22 September 10:00 - 11:30 GMT+2

    The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA): Overview and negotiations update, institutional arrangements and Africa’s global trade relations

  • Session 4 | 22 September 15:00 - 16:30 GMT+2

    Panel discussion: What do we expect the AfCFTA to deliver and what is necessary to achieve these outcomes?

    Moderator: Ms Treasure Maphanga, tralac Board Member, former Director for Trade and Industry, African Union Commission


Conference material, including speeches, presentations, Zoom recordings and Q&As, will be available soon.

Event Type Annual Conference
Date 21-09-2020 to 22-09-2020
Organiser tralac
Venue Online
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tralac Annual Conference 2020 | Keynote address by H.E. Wamkele Mene

tralac Annual Conference 2020 | Welcome and Session 1

tralac Annual Conference 2020 | Keynote Address by H.E. Amb. Albert Muchanga

tralac Annual Conference 2020 | Session 2

tralac Annual Conference 2020 | Session 3

tralac Annual Conference 2020 | Session 4