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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  Trade Reports 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  Trade Reports 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  Trade Reports 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  Trade Reports 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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What do we know about the African Continental Free Trade Area?

What do we know about the African Continental Free Trade Area?

31 Jan 2021  Trade Reports Publications
The African Continental Free Trade Area (FTA) is an ambitious project. It is also very necessary. It can make a major contribution, if properly implemented, to boost intra-African ...
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The Protocol on Intellectual Property Rights for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA): A look at the wide range of instruments, arrangements and issues to be taken in to account

The Protocol on Intellectual Property Rights for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA): A look at the wide range of instruments, arrangements and issues to be taken in to account

31 Jan 2021  Trade Reports Publications
Article 7 of the Framework Agreement establishing the AfCFTA provides that in pursuance of the objectives of the Agreement, member states shall enter into Phase II negotiations in ...
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The application of the Anti-Dumping Agreement in South African law, once again

The application of the Anti-Dumping Agreement in South African law, once again

31 Jan 2021  Trade Reports Publications
When trading under the ambitious African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) commenced on 1 January 2021, trade remedies certainly did not exercise the mind of anyone in...
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The Regime governing Trade under the AfCFTA from 1 January 2021

The Regime governing Trade under the AfCFTA from 1 January 2021

29 Jan 2021  Trade Reports Publications
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) establishes a Free Trade Area (FTA) for trade in goods (and some services) among the 55 Member States of the African Union (AU). Th...
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The AfCFTA – implications for Africa’s investment landscape

The AfCFTA – implications for Africa’s investment landscape

29 Jan 2021  Trade Reports Publications
Foreign investment is essential for the economic development of African countries. Public investments and domestic investments are not enough to achieve social and economic develop...
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Customs enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights at the external borders of the EU, with specific reference to developments in respect of Community Plant Variety Rights: Lessons for Africa’s agricultural producers

Customs enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights at the external borders of the EU, with specific reference to developments in respect of Community Plant Variety Rights: Lessons for Africa’s agricultural producers

29 Jan 2021  Trade Reports Publications
An effective Intellectual Property Right (IPR) system makes an important contribution to trade because it provides confidence to right holders that their rights will be respected a...
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Domestic implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area: Case study of Zimbabwe

Domestic implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area: Case study of Zimbabwe

30 Dec 2020  Trade Reports Publications
During the 13th Extraordinary Session on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement held virtually on 5 December 2020, the Assembly of the African Union (AU) adopte...
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The African Continental Free Trade Area according to its Legal Instruments

The African Continental Free Trade Area according to its Legal Instruments

21 Dec 2020  Trade Reports Publications
The conclusion of a trade agreement does not guarantee new trade flows. For that to happen, the reasons why trade between certain countries is at low levels must be addressed. Effe...
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Addressing Road Transport Regulatory Issues: An Important Step Towards Realising the Objectives of the AfCFTA

Addressing Road Transport Regulatory Issues: An Important Step Towards Realising the Objectives of the AfCFTA

21 Dec 2020  Trade Reports Publications
Road transport plays a critical role in facilitating trade and enhancing regional integration in Africa, and it is an indispensable input to international economic cooperation and ...
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Review of intra-Africa trade liberalisation and the composition of intra-African trade: Implications for the AfCFTA

Review of intra-Africa trade liberalisation and the composition of intra-African trade: Implications for the AfCFTA

21 Dec 2020  Trade Reports Publications
An objective of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) is to create a liberalised market for goods and services. To achieve this, the AfCFTA provides for progressive...
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Trade and development finance in Africa in the shadow of COVID-19

Trade and development finance in Africa in the shadow of COVID-19

21 Dec 2020  Trade Reports Publications
Even under the immense challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic on the African continent, great opportunities exist for the expansion of trade through trade and development financ...
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The South African Border Management Authority – better border management or just another agency?

The South African Border Management Authority – better border management or just another agency?

21 Dec 2020  Trade Reports Publications
Borders and border control matter. A starker reminder of this simple truth could hardly be found than the Covid-19 pandemic. It caused worldwide ‘lockdowns’ and border closures...
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