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A snapshot of the climate change agenda in 2021

A snapshot of the climate change agenda in 2021

01 Sep 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
The climate change crisis might have taken a backseat during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has certainly again come to the fore with the release of the latest Intergovernmental Pan...
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Can the AfCFTA evolve into a New Generation Partnership for Africa?

Can the AfCFTA evolve into a New Generation Partnership for Africa?

01 Sep 2021  Working Papers Publications
Agreements to establish so-called new generation Free Trade Areas (FTAs) have become frequent. They are “new” because they liberalise not only trade in goods but also services,...
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From 1 to 100 Megawatt: a statutory context to President Ramaphosa’s bold step

From 1 to 100 Megawatt: a statutory context to President Ramaphosa’s bold step

31 Aug 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
An announcement on 10 June 2021 by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa that electricity generation up to 100 Megawatt (MW) would no longer require a license from NERSA – the ...
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The Framework for the Implementation of the AfCFTA

The Framework for the Implementation of the AfCFTA

30 Jul 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
International trade is about commerce across the borders of sovereign States, which have jurisdiction over their own territory. Trade happens primarily through private initiative a...
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Can the AfCFTA evolve into a New Generation Partnership for Africa?

Can the AfCFTA evolve into a New Generation Partnership for Africa?

30 Jul 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
The so-called new generation Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) do not constitute a specific technical category but are generally designed for comprehensive trade deals and economic inte...
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The potential role for drones in Africa’s value chains

The potential role for drones in Africa’s value chains

30 Jul 2021  Working Papers Publications
Industrialisation and the emergence of new technologies, such as the Internet, have improved value chain efficiency but also increased the complexity of production linkages. Within...
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Agricultural Issues in the African Continental Free Trade Area

Agricultural Issues in the African Continental Free Trade Area

30 Jul 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) aims to boost intra-African trade by providing a comprehensive and mutually beneficial trade agreement among the member states, cov...
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Trade facilitation in Africa: Solutions and recommendations

Trade facilitation in Africa: Solutions and recommendations

30 Jul 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
Low intra-Africa and regional trade have historically been attributed to tariffs. However, recent evidence shows that non-tariff issues are the main reason for low intra-Africa and...
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Resilience in African Economies: What Governments could do and the AfCFTA could contribute

Resilience in African Economies: What Governments could do and the AfCFTA could contribute

20 Jul 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
Afreximbank recently published a paper in the Bank’s Policy Journal under the title of Building a Better Future of Work for Resilience and Growth in Post-COVID-19 Africa. It make...
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Gender Provisions in African Trade Agreements: An Assessment of the Commitments for Reconciling Women’s Empowerment and Global Trade

Gender Provisions in African Trade Agreements: An Assessment of the Commitments for Reconciling Women’s Empowerment and Global Trade

19 Jul 2021  Working Papers Publications
Since the early stage of trade integration within the African continent, women's interests have been on the agenda, at least that is what the agreements reveal. Indeed, including s...
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The impact of Covid-19 restrictions on intra-Africa transit traffic through South Africa

The impact of Covid-19 restrictions on intra-Africa transit traffic through South Africa

03 Jul 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
From the end of 2019, as the Covid-19 virus began to spread, countries have implemented various mitigating measures. These vary across countries and include short-term shutting-dow...
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The institutional architecture for implementation of the trade facilitation agenda under the African Continental Free Trade Agreement

The institutional architecture for implementation of the trade facilitation agenda under the African Continental Free Trade Agreement

03 Jul 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
The Protocols to the Agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) establish various technical committees to assist with the implementation of the Ag...
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IMF Response to Indebtedness in sub-Saharan Africa: Rays of Hope combating the shadow of COVID-19

IMF Response to Indebtedness in sub-Saharan Africa: Rays of Hope combating the shadow of COVID-19

03 Jul 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
The state of indebtedness in sub-Saharan African has been extensively detailed in a previous tralac trade brief. That brief showed that the region was already struggling with high ...
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Enhancing Corridor Institutional Arrangements for Improved Cross-Border Transport and Trade Facilitation

Enhancing Corridor Institutional Arrangements for Improved Cross-Border Transport and Trade Facilitation

11 Jun 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
In Africa, cross-border road transport carries over 80% of intra-regional and inter-regional trade. It provides a critical link between landlocked countries and international marke...
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From Telephones to Smartphones – A look at the Harmonized System: Case study of the Samsung Case

From Telephones to Smartphones – A look at the Harmonized System: Case study of the Samsung Case

01 Jun 2021  Working Papers Publications
The seventh edition of the ‘Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System’ of the World Customs Organisation (WCO) becomes operational on 1 January 2022. Since its incepti...
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Realising the One African Services Market through the AfCFTA

Realising the One African Services Market through the AfCFTA

31 May 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
Start of trade under the preferential terms of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was announced on 1 January 2021, whilst negotiations to finalise outstanding issues ...
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Indebtedness in sub-Saharan Africa: The shadow of COVID-19

Indebtedness in sub-Saharan Africa: The shadow of COVID-19

31 May 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
This trade brief will provide an overview of the state of indebtedness (including both public and private debt) for sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). This will cover the period of 2015-202...
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The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA): what has South Africa actually offered Africa?

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA): what has South Africa actually offered Africa?

31 May 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
In early 2021, the AfCFTA started to become a reality, albeit an agreement with many details still to be finalized. The objective for this trade brief is to examine the African Con...
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Services Trade Restrictiveness and Services Trade: Making Sense of Inter-Decade Movements

Services Trade Restrictiveness and Services Trade: Making Sense of Inter-Decade Movements

28 May 2021  Working Papers Publications
This paper investigates movements in services trade restrictions and their impacts on services trade over an eight-year period (2008-2016). It utilises the latest, most globally in...
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Trade remedies and trade disputes: the case of the US-EU large aircraft dispute, and how these disputes can present opportunities for South Africa’s wine exports to the United States

Trade remedies and trade disputes: the case of the US-EU large aircraft dispute, and how these disputes can present opportunities for South Africa’s wine exports to the United States

30 Apr 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
Most countries broadly aspire to free trade, and the benefits of international trade at times induce situations where governments support domestic industries with the objective of ...
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