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tralac Annual Conference 2020


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 2020 Annual Conference Newsletter.

Programme overview


tralac Annual Conference 2020 | Keynote address by H.E. Wamkele Mene

tralac Annual Conference 2020 | 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


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