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tralac Annual Conference 2019

21-03-2019 to 22-03-2019Conference
tralac Annual Conference 2019

Africa’s Integration Agenda – from Aspirations to Pragmatic Implementation

tralac is hosting its 2019 Annual Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, on 21-22 March, bringing together stakeholders representing government departments and agencies, as well as non-state organisations from across the continent and further afield. We will discuss global trade governance developments and the implications for African countries, with special focus on Africa’s trade, integration and industrial development agenda.

African Union Commission Director for Trade and Industry, Ms Treasure Thembisile Maphanga, will be delivering the Opening Address on Thursday, 21 March.

The Keynote Speaker at the Gala Dinner on Thursday will be Ms Florie Liser, President and CEO of the Corporate Council for Africa, who will be speaking on the topic AFCFTA: Opportunity for Greater U.S.-African Trade and Investment.

The conference will conclude with a Poster Session on Friday, 22 March, with presentations on Select trade issues prepared by tralac alumni.

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Overview of the Programme

The conference will feature six main sessions discussing the following topics:

Session 1: African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) – entry into force and implementation

Discussions will centre around the following sub-topics: Politics/diplomacy of entry into force; Legal and practical issues: ongoing negotiations – tariff concessions, rules of origin, and services commitments; and the relationship between the AfCFTA, regional economic communities and other trading arrangements.

Lead in discussion with Professor Gerhard Erasmus, tralac Associate

Trudi Hartzenberg, tralac

Session 2: AfCFTA – Legal and institutional arrangements

Discussions will centre around the following sub-topics: Preparing for the establishment of key AfCFTA institutions; Relationships between AfCFTA institutions and those of the African Union; The AfCFTA Secretariat; and The AU Trade Observatory

Beatrice Chaytor, African Union Commission
Professor Gerhard Erasmus, tralac Associate

Chair: Paul Kalenga, tralac Associate

Session 3: Boosting intra-Africa Trade – Trade Facilitation on the AfCFTA agenda

Discussions will centre around presentations on the following sub-topics:

Trade facilitation – a key focus in the Action Plan to Boost Intra-African trade – Mr Frank Matsaert, CEO, Trade Mark East Africa

Practical interventions to support cross-border trade in goods and services – Mr Michael Lawrence, tralac Associate Chair: Henry Mutai, tralac Associate

Session 4: Industrial Development and Diversification – new approaches for Africa?

Discussions will be lead by a presentation from Patrick Low, Adjunct Professor, University of Hong Kong

Chair: Michael Lawrence, tralac Associate

Session 5: Global Trade Governance – where to now?

Discussions will centre around presentations on the following sub-topics:

The future of global trade governance and the World Trade Organisation: accommodating diversity and development – Patrick Low, Adjunct Professor, University of Hong Kong

Brexit and trade wars – implications for multilateral trade governance? – Professor Gerhard Erasmus, tralac Associate

Chair: Trudi Hartzenberg, tralac

Session 6: Trade, foreign direct investment and illicit financial flows

Discussions will centre around presentations on the following sub-topics:

Classification challenges and asymmetries in mirror data: commodity trade and illicit financial flows

Foreign direct investment and global value chains: where do revenues and profits go?

Professor Melvin Ayogu, Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town
Paul Oluikpe, Assistant Director, Trade and Exchange Department, Central Bank of Nigeria

Chair: Professor Rob Davies, tralac Board member

The Conference will also see the Launch of tralac’s Women in Trade Governance Network (WiTG). The WiTG targets female professionals working in trade policy and governance with the aim to build technical capacity in international trade governance, to support professional skills development and to enhance women’s participation in trade governance across the continent.

The Keynote Address at the launch will be delivered by Ms Treasure Thembisile Maphanga, with a distinguished panel discussion including Honorable Judge Mary Kasango, COMESA Court of Justice, and Ms Maria Immanuel, The Presidency, Namibia.

Further details will be made available soon.


Current and emerging trade issues for Kenya – 20 March

While in Nairobi, tralac, in collaboration with the Export Promotion Council, Kenya, will host a half-day workshop on current and emerging trade issues for Kenya. Topics on the agenda include the African Growth and Opportunity Act, Brexit matters, Trade and climate change, and a Regional Integration update.

Presentations will be delivered by Eckart Naumann, tralac Associate; Gerhard Erasmus, tralac Associate; Henry Mutai, tralac Associate; and Patrick Low, Visiting Professor, University of Hong Kong. Discussions will be facilitated by Trudi Haztzenberg.

Event Type Conference
Date 21-03-2019 to 22-03-2019
Organiser tralac
Venue Hilton Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya