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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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An Investment Protocol for the AfCFTA

An Investment Protocol for the AfCFTA

19 Apr 2021  Working Papers Publications
The negotiations for the adoption of the Phase II Protocols of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) have started. They will cover investment, intellectual property righ...
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Trade remedies can offer export opportunities to unrelated parties: the case of the US-EU large aircraft dispute and opportunities for South Africa’s wine exports to the US

Trade remedies can offer export opportunities to unrelated parties: the case of the US-EU large aircraft dispute and opportunities for South Africa’s wine exports to the US

19 Apr 2021  Working Papers Publications
Trade remedies and safeguards are key exceptions to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) principles of non-discrimination and transparency through binding commitments on tariffs and ...
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São Tomé and Príncipe in the times of COVID-19

São Tomé and Príncipe in the times of COVID-19

19 Apr 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
The COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdowns, which have restricted the movement of people and lowered economic activity, has had a significantly negative impact on global econo...
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The AfCFTA needs an active and innovative Secretariat

The AfCFTA needs an active and innovative Secretariat

19 Apr 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
Secretariats are standard features of African regional integration arrangements. This will be true of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) too. The extent of all the po...
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AfCFTA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

AfCFTA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

31 Mar 2021
What is the AfCFTA? The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)[1] is, in addition to being a free trade area, a flagship project of the African Union (AU) in terms of Agenda...
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The Automotive Components Trade in Africa: Its Place and Potential (2021 Update)

The Automotive Components Trade in Africa: Its Place and Potential (2021 Update)

31 Mar 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
At present, Africa is largely dependent on the rest of the world for automotive component imports, with the exception of the contribution of South Africa. In order to reduce depend...
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Road Transport Regulatory Challenges in ESA Region: Progress Review of the Tripartite FTA and the Tripartite Transport and Transit Facilitation Programme

Road Transport Regulatory Challenges in ESA Region: Progress Review of the Tripartite FTA and the Tripartite Transport and Transit Facilitation Programme

31 Mar 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
Cross-border road transport faces numerous barriers which impede seamless and efficient movements and trade flows. Many of the barriers can be directly linked to the fragmentation ...
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Import Restrictions: Namibian Court clarifies Rights of Private Parties

Import Restrictions: Namibian Court clarifies Rights of Private Parties

28 Mar 2021  Working Papers Publications
State Parties’ trade-related rights and obligations are derived from international agreements. Governments’ implementation of trade agreements involves domestic measures taken ...
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A brief assessment of the South African Draft One-Stop Border Post Policy

A brief assessment of the South African Draft One-Stop Border Post Policy

28 Mar 2021  Working Papers Publications
On the last day of December 2020, the South African Department of Home Affairs published two draft policies for public comment. The one is a Draft One-stop Border Post Policy, the ...
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The new Rules of Origin in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA): what has been agreed, what remains outstanding

The new Rules of Origin in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA): what has been agreed, what remains outstanding

24 Mar 2021  Working Papers Publications
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is an ambitious undertaking that brings together 1.3 billion people in 55 African countries to create the world’s largest free tr...
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Investment facilitation in Africa’s investment agreements

Investment facilitation in Africa’s investment agreements

24 Mar 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
Investment facilitation has increasingly become a hot topic in international regional and national investment policy-making discussions. According to the United Nations Conference ...
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Women in Services Trade: An update of participation and ownership data for Sub-Saharan Africa

Women in Services Trade: An update of participation and ownership data for Sub-Saharan Africa

24 Mar 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
Trade in services (mostly through modes 1 and 4) has great potential gender-specific benefits. These include expanding the participation of women in the exports of services, a...
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Are African RECs Trade-Enhancing? A Panel Data Analysis

Are African RECs Trade-Enhancing? A Panel Data Analysis

19 Feb 2021  Working Papers Publications
This paper employs both informal and formal analysis of panel trade and tariff data to determine the extent to which the gaining of preferential access to a market actually leads t...
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