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New Generation Disputes in African Regional Integration: What are the Reasons and the Implications?

New Generation Disputes in African Regional Integration: What are the Reasons and the Implications?

27 Nov 2015  Trade Briefs Publications
Regional Economic Communities (RECs) are the building blocks and the main engines behind the arrangements designed to promote regional integration and cross-border commerce in Afri...
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The SACU Tariff Board: Original Design and Implications of Subsequent Developments

The SACU Tariff Board: Original Design and Implications of Subsequent Developments

11 Nov 2015  Trade Reports Publications
With the signing of a new Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Agreement in 2002, the Member States agreed to a new design for conducting the operations of this Organization. ...
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The impact of EU reforms on African sugar production and trade: a GTAP analysis

The impact of EU reforms on African sugar production and trade: a GTAP analysis

04 Nov 2015  Trade Briefs Publications
The objective for this Trade Brief is to analyse the impacts of reforms in the EU sugar sector upon this African production and trade using the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP)...
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Consignment Based Conformity Assessment (CBCA) and Pre-Export Verification of Conformity to Standards (PVoC) programmes in SADC countries

Consignment Based Conformity Assessment (CBCA) and Pre-Export Verification of Conformity to Standards (PVoC) programmes in SADC countries

28 Oct 2015  Trade Briefs Publications
The significant increase in imported consumer goods into SADC countries over the last decade has caused several SADC Governments to implement or to consider implementing Consignmen...
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Safeguards Measures in African Regional Economic Communities: Zambia’s Provisional Safeguard Measures on Flat-Rolled Products of Iron, Non-Alloy Steel, Trailers and Semi-Trailers

Safeguards Measures in African Regional Economic Communities: Zambia’s Provisional Safeguard Measures on Flat-Rolled Products of Iron, Non-Alloy Steel, Trailers and Semi-Trailers

21 Oct 2015  Trade Briefs Publications
On 5 October 2015, Zambia notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated, on 10 July 2015, a safeguard investigation on “Flat-Rolled Products of Iron, Non-Alloy S...
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Intra-regional merchandise trade within West Africa and between West and East Africa

Intra-regional merchandise trade within West Africa and between West and East Africa

21 Oct 2015  Trade Reports Publications
In recent times tralac has published extensively on African trade, with an emphasis on southern and eastern Africa as the Tripartite FTA developed. There has not been a commensurat...
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Investment Protection Agreements: The Implications of South African Policy and Legislative Changes

Investment Protection Agreements: The Implications of South African Policy and Legislative Changes

15 Oct 2015  Trade Reports Publications
International agreements on the promotion and protection of foreign investment do not guarantee investments; nor the right kind. They do, however, play an important role as part of...
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Safeguard Measures in Multilateral and Regional Trade Agreements

Safeguard Measures in Multilateral and Regional Trade Agreements

14 Oct 2015  Books Publications
The Trade Law Centre (tralac) is pleased to publish this book on safeguard measures in multilateral and regional trade agreements. The study, by Elenor Lissel, was completed and su...
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Africa’s trade relations: Old friends, good friends and new friends

Africa’s trade relations: Old friends, good friends and new friends

07 Oct 2015  Books Publications
African countries’ trading relationships have been changing in recent years. Trade with their traditional trading partners, the European Union and the United States (their ‘old...
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Defining a new global development agenda – Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change

Defining a new global development agenda – Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change

23 Sep 2015  Trade Briefs Publications
2015 is an important year where a new development agenda is being shaped to move beyond the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Substantial progress has been made in achieving the...
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What future Scenarios for the Southern African Customs Union?

What future Scenarios for the Southern African Customs Union?

23 Sep 2015  Trade Reports Publications
The Southern African Customs Union (SACU) is in an impasse; and has been so for some time now. The Council of Ministers, which is SACU’s “supreme decision making authority”, ...
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ICTs Services Development and Trade: How Africa Can Benefit

ICTs Services Development and Trade: How Africa Can Benefit

10 Sep 2015  Trade Reports Publications
This paper examines services made possible by new information and communication technologies (ICTs) that are capable of being domestically and internationally traded. The emphasis ...
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An overview of AGOA’s performance, beneficiaries, renewal provisions and the status of South Africa

An overview of AGOA’s performance, beneficiaries, renewal provisions and the status of South Africa

10 Sep 2015  Trade Reports Publications
The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), a piece of United States legislation, was signed into law by the then President of the United States (US) Bill Clinton on 18 May 2000...
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Trade Remedies as part of the Continental Free Trade Area

Trade Remedies as part of the Continental Free Trade Area

10 Sep 2015  Trade Reports Publications
This paper discusses the possibilities for including suitable trade remedies provisions as part of the Continental Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), which will be negotiated in order to...
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How the CFTA could advance the Framework of the Abuja Treaty

How the CFTA could advance the Framework of the Abuja Treaty

10 Sep 2015  Trade Briefs Publications
We believe the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) negotiations offer a promising opportunity for concluding an agreement to address trade related challenges in Africa; and to do so...
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What is the Continental FTA Mandate?

What is the Continental FTA Mandate?

03 Sep 2015  Trade Briefs Publications
The negotiations to establish the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) will start by the middle of 2016. The indicative date for completing the first phase is the end of 2017. These ...
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Private Sector Interests with regard to the Implementation of the SADC Protocol on Trade

Private Sector Interests with regard to the Implementation of the SADC Protocol on Trade

03 Sep 2015  Trade Briefs Publications
This Trade Brief argues that the private sector has a vital stake in the effective and lawful implementation of regional trade agreements such as the SADC Protocol on Trade. It set...
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Where are the Singapore Issues?

Where are the Singapore Issues?

03 Sep 2015  Trade Reports Publications
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) Members decided at the 1996 Singapore Ministerial Conference to set up three new working groups on trade and investment, competition policy, and ...
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The Australian-Chinese Free Trade Agreement: Implications for South Africa

The Australian-Chinese Free Trade Agreement: Implications for South Africa

19 Aug 2015  Trade Reports Publications
This paper examines the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Australia and China (ChAFTA) that was signed on 17 July 2015. The examination provides an emphasis on the implications fo...
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South Africa’s agricultural trading relationship with Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS)

South Africa’s agricultural trading relationship with Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS)

19 Aug 2015  Trade Reports Publications
The objective of this paper is to analyse the Southern African Customs Union’s (SACU) agricultural trading relationship with particular focus on South Africa’s dominant trading...
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