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Customs cooperation in facilitating intra-African trade

Customs cooperation in facilitating intra-African trade

20 Dec 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
The Evolving Role of Customs Administrations – from Goalkeeper to Trade Facilitator Customs administrations play a pivotal role in the advancement of international trade. The ef...
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The Trade Remedies and Safeguards Regime of the AfCFTA

The Trade Remedies and Safeguards Regime of the AfCFTA

30 Nov 2021  Working Papers Publications
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement contains detailed provisions on trade remedies and safeguards, modelled on World Trade Organisation (WTO) principles. Sin...
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Are WTO Members Misinterpreting or Abandoning the Mandate of S&DT in the WTO?

Are WTO Members Misinterpreting or Abandoning the Mandate of S&DT in the WTO?

15 Nov 2021  Working Papers Publications
It is a long-held view of developing countries in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) that some restrict-ions imposed by WTO trade rules and trade related agreements tend to hinder ...
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How will the Trade Remedy Regime of the AfCFTA impact on Trade Governance?

How will the Trade Remedy Regime of the AfCFTA impact on Trade Governance?

02 Nov 2021  Working Papers Publications
The legal instruments of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) provide for a detailed regime to implement Trade Remedy and Safeguard measures. One gets the impression th...
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Should the RECs disappear in order to have the AfCFTA?

Should the RECs disappear in order to have the AfCFTA?

02 Nov 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
There are high expectations about the benefits that the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), an ambitious and comprehensive plan for the establishment of a continent-...
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Protecting Geographical Indications in an African context: The South African Rooibos saga and its aftermath

Protecting Geographical Indications in an African context: The South African Rooibos saga and its aftermath

21 Oct 2021  Working Papers Publications
Geographical indications (GIs) are used to identify a good as originating in the territory of a specific country, or a region or locality in that country, where a given quality, re...
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Dispute Settlement as a Trade Policy Choice

Dispute Settlement as a Trade Policy Choice

06 Oct 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
Trade policy is context specific. It is about choices and objectives pursued by a particular State acting unilaterally (the scope of which is limited in respect of reciprocal trade...
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How will Disputes be resolved under the AfCFTA Dispute Settlement Protocol?

How will Disputes be resolved under the AfCFTA Dispute Settlement Protocol?

05 Oct 2021  Working Papers Publications
One of the first accomplishments of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) negotiations was the adoption of the Protocol on Rules and Procedures on the Settlement of Disp...
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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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Investment, Growth and Business-Friendliness – Some Lessons for Africa

Investment, Growth and Business-Friendliness – Some Lessons for Africa

31 Jul 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
Developing economies are characterised by high costs of capital and limited sources of investment funds. This acts as one constraint on the potential growth rates of these economie...
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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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