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

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

30 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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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  Trade Reports 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  Trade Reports 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  Trade Reports 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  Trade Reports 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  Trade Reports 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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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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