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The proposed US – Kenya Trade Deal: Context and Consequences

The proposed US – Kenya Trade Deal: Context and Consequences

13 Apr 2020  Trade Briefs Publications
On 17 March 2020, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced to the US Congress that the Trump administration will now negotiate a comprehensive trade agreement with Kenya...
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How will the AfCFTA live up to all the Expectations?

How will the AfCFTA live up to all the Expectations?

13 Apr 2020  Trade Reports Publications
Many commentators expect (and argue) that the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will be the harbinger of far-reaching and swift change in and for Africa. This continenta...
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COVID-19 and the legal Measures employed to deal with the Crisis

COVID-19 and the legal Measures employed to deal with the Crisis

06 Apr 2020  Trade Briefs Publications
People and businesses around the world are being affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. What began as a health crisis, is now also a global economic crisis. What legal pr...
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Comparing the Trading Environment for Enterprises in Africa’s RECs: Lessons from Firm-Level Data

Comparing the Trading Environment for Enterprises in Africa’s RECs: Lessons from Firm-Level Data

30 Mar 2020  Trade Briefs Publications
This Trade Brief investigates the ease of trade for small, medium and large-sized enterprises across the countries and regional economic communities (RECs) of Africa. The percentag...
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Does the AfCFTA enable Africa to speak with one Voice on Trade Issues?

Does the AfCFTA enable Africa to speak with one Voice on Trade Issues?

25 Mar 2020  Trade Briefs Publications
When sovereign states conclude international agreements to liberalize trade among them, they have to decide how far they want to take the process and whether they want to do things...
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Trade in services negotiations under the AfCFTA: Q&A

Trade in services negotiations under the AfCFTA: Q&A

25 Mar 2020
The Services Protocol to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement entered into force on 30 May 2019, along with the other parts of the consolidated text. However,...
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Africa’s Production and Trade: Agriculture and minerals

Africa’s Production and Trade: Agriculture and minerals

13 Mar 2020  Books Publications
Africa as a continent has extensive potential, not only to feed itself and alleviate hunger and food insecurity, but also to be an important exporter to global food markets. Agricu...
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ICTs Services Development and Trade: How Africa Can Benefit (2020 Update)

ICTs Services Development and Trade: How Africa Can Benefit (2020 Update)

26 Feb 2020  Trade Reports Publications
The pace of development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) has been unlike any industry development hitherto experienced. The nature of the industry is such that ...
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An update on the United Nations General Assembly and implications for African Sustainable Development Goals

An update on the United Nations General Assembly and implications for African Sustainable Development Goals

26 Feb 2020  Trade Reports Publications
The 74th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly (UNGA 74) opened on 17 September 2019, with the General Debate taking place from 24 to 30 September 2019. This was a se...
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AfCFTA and the digital reality of trade today

AfCFTA and the digital reality of trade today

13 Feb 2020  Trade Reports Publications
Digitisation has contributed to a changing trade environment in many ways – facilitating multinational value chains, enabling the rise of the micro-multinational and giving us ne...
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Trends in South Africa’s Tariff and Trade Remedy Investigations

Trends in South Africa’s Tariff and Trade Remedy Investigations

03 Feb 2020  Trade Briefs Publications
Tariff, trade remedy and safeguard investigations in South Africa are undertaken by the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC), which is responsible for the administr...
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The Automotive Components Trade in Africa: Its Place and Potential

The Automotive Components Trade in Africa: Its Place and Potential

27 Jan 2020  Trade Reports Publications
This paper presents a large amount of data in both tabular and visualised form in order to facilitate an analysis of the status and future potential of the automotive components se...
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When foreign Firms enforce trade-related contractual Claims in South Africa: Clarification of a unique Ministerial Discretion

When foreign Firms enforce trade-related contractual Claims in South Africa: Clarification of a unique Ministerial Discretion

19 Jan 2020  Trade Briefs Publications
International trade agreements are concluded by sovereign States. Once these agreements have entered into force the State Parties must comply with their obligations to liberalize t...
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Domestic Courts and Customs Governance: Time for urgent Reform?

Domestic Courts and Customs Governance: Time for urgent Reform?

19 Jan 2020  Trade Briefs Publications
Mis-invoicing in trade is a massive problem in South Africa, and elsewhere in Africa. Trade mis-invoicing occurs when companies or individuals falsify the prices of goods on import...
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South African Mining and the African Continental Free Trade Agreement: South Africa’s exports of Mining Equipment, Technology and Services

South African Mining and the African Continental Free Trade Agreement: South Africa’s exports of Mining Equipment, Technology and Services

18 Jan 2020  Trade Briefs Publications
The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) was signed by 44 AU member states in 2018 and came into force in May 2019 after being ratified by 22 member states – the req...
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South Africa under GSP country review: what implications for preferential exports to the United States?

South Africa under GSP country review: what implications for preferential exports to the United States?

18 Jan 2020  Trade Briefs Publications
On 25 March 2019, the United States Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a notice through the Federal Register on its annual Generalized System of Prefere...
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An update on the African Continental Free Trade Area and Southern African Development Community Protocols on Trade in Services

An update on the African Continental Free Trade Area and Southern African Development Community Protocols on Trade in Services

15 Jan 2020  Trade Reports Publications
The services sector is key to economic development because it contributes a significant share of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), employment and trade in a country’s economy, regard...
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Achieving the SDGs – where does Africa’s youth fit in?

Achieving the SDGs – where does Africa’s youth fit in?

19 Dec 2019  Trade Briefs Publications
The outcome document of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) recognises young people as a group left behind. The principle of leaving no one behind, a key principle of the SDGs...
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Enhancing benefits of market and financial integration in SACU: some policy options

Enhancing benefits of market and financial integration in SACU: some policy options

13 Dec 2019  Trade Reports Publications
This Working Paper provides some policy options confronting members of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) and the Common Monetary Area (CMA) arrangements, which are closely ...
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How will the AfCFTA enter into force, be implemented, and be completed?

How will the AfCFTA enter into force, be implemented, and be completed?

18 Nov 2019  Trade Reports Publications
Since the adoption by the African Union (AU) Assembly of the texts of the founding agreement of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the Protocol on Trade in Goods,...
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