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Intra-REC trade and overlapping membership: review of COMESA, EAC and SADC

Intra-REC trade and overlapping membership: review of COMESA, EAC and SADC

12 Aug 2015  Trade Reports Publications
This paper analyses trade between the three Regional Economic Communities (RECs) of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the African Economic Community (EAC)...
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The Tripartite Free Trade Agreement: Results of Phase One of the Negotiations

The Tripartite Free Trade Agreement: Results of Phase One of the Negotiations

29 Jul 2015  Trade Reports Publications
African economic integration is a longstanding ideal; regularly confirmed in declarations adopted at meetings of African Governments. The Abuja Treaty, for example, records many de...
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Black holes in African trade data

Black holes in African trade data

29 Jul 2015  Trade Reports Publications
Collating and analysing African trade data is an exercise fraught with difficulties. In many instances this data is not available from its primary source, and this leads to the use...
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Changes in Foreign Investment in South Africa: a ‘Friends’ perspective

Changes in Foreign Investment in South Africa: a ‘Friends’ perspective

22 Jul 2015  Trade Reports Publications
This paper provides an update on South Africa’s foreign investment position through to and including the December 2012 year with respect to the old, new and good friends of the E...
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Intra-African trade – an analysis

Intra-African trade – an analysis

15 Jul 2015  Trade Reports Publications
This paper clearly reinforces the data warning outlining the dangers inherent in trying to analyse intra-African trade data. The use of mirror data, late and non-reporting and ‘v...
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The Implications of the Tripartite FTA for SACU

The Implications of the Tripartite FTA for SACU

01 Jul 2015  Trade Briefs Publications
How will the recently signed Tripartite FTA change the institutional landscape for trade and regional integration in Southern and Eastern Africa? The optimism levels for the (Cape ...
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The Polytol judgment of the COMESA Court of Justice: Implications for rules-based regional integration

The Polytol judgment of the COMESA Court of Justice: Implications for rules-based regional integration

01 Jul 2015  Trade Briefs Publications
The judgment by the First Instance Division of the COMESA Court of Justice in Polytol Paints & Adhesives Manufacturers Co. Ltd (Applicant) versus The Republic of Mauritius...
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The new Principles for Negotiating the Continental FTA

The new Principles for Negotiating the Continental FTA

01 Jul 2015  Trade Briefs Publications
The African Union Assembly launched the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) negotiations during the 25th Extraordinary Summit of Head of States and Governments on 15 June in Johanne...
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Implications of the Tripartite FTA for SADC and its Member States

Implications of the Tripartite FTA for SADC and its Member States

01 Jul 2015  Trade Briefs Publications
The Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) initiative was originally launched to establish a single FTA among the Member States of COMESA, EAC and SADC. This would have brought the bene...
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Intra-SACU trade relationships and related issues

Intra-SACU trade relationships and related issues

20 May 2015  Trade Reports Publications
Much of the focus of South Africa’s trading relationship with BLNS countries is on the SACU revenue-sharing formula, a formula which is based entirely upon one side and one side ...
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Shaping a regional industrial development strategy in Southern Africa

Shaping a regional industrial development strategy in Southern Africa

29 Apr 2015  Trade Briefs Publications
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is convening an Extra-Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government on 29 April 2015 to agree on a regional industrial developm...
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The Continental Free Trade Area – A GTAP assessment

The Continental Free Trade Area – A GTAP assessment

17 Apr 2015  Books Publications
The Trade Law Centre (tralac) has recently capitalised upon the pre-release Version 9.2 of the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) database and the recent excellent data sets from...
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The road transport sector in the context of the SADC Protocol on Transport, Communications and Meteorology

The road transport sector in the context of the SADC Protocol on Transport, Communications and Meteorology

08 Apr 2015  Trade Reports Publications
The SADC Protocol on Transport, Communications and Meteorology (TCM) of 1996 aims to integrate the transport sector in the region. It places strong emphasis on the commer...
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Suitable Mechanisms for Negotiating Trade in Services and Movement of Business Persons in the Continental Free Trade Area

Suitable Mechanisms for Negotiating Trade in Services and Movement of Business Persons in the Continental Free Trade Area

01 Apr 2015  Trade Reports Publications
The purpose of trade agreements is to promote international trade. Preferential trade agreements on services or Economic Integration Agreements (EIAs) as they are defined in Articl...
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Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications: The East African Community

Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications: The East African Community

01 Apr 2015  Trade Briefs Publications
For advanced regional economic integration arrangements, beyond trade in goods, the free movement of labour, is an essential part of the agenda. The free movement of labour creates...
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The role of customs management in the facilitation of trade in the region

The role of customs management in the facilitation of trade in the region

25 Mar 2015  Trade Reports Publications
The role of customs in the 20th and 21st centuries has evolved in many respects. With the proliferation of regional trading arrangements (RTAs) whose main objective is to incr...
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The proposed Tripartite Non-tariff Barrier Elimination Mechanism: An Evaluation of Legal Texts and Practice

The proposed Tripartite Non-tariff Barrier Elimination Mechanism: An Evaluation of Legal Texts and Practice

25 Mar 2015  Trade Briefs Publications
One of the priority areas of the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) is the elimination of non-tariff barriers (NTBs) to address the impact of these barriers on the cost of doing bus...
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Malawi’s trade profile 2001 to 2013

Malawi’s trade profile 2001 to 2013

25 Mar 2015  Trade Briefs Publications
Malawi has experienced mixed economic fortunes in recent years, characterised by low growth between 1994 and 2003, a spurt between 2005 and 2009, and balance of payment and fiscal ...
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Commodity exchange markets and their role in promoting regional value chains in eastern and southern Africa

Commodity exchange markets and their role in promoting regional value chains in eastern and southern Africa

25 Mar 2015  Trade Briefs Publications
Africa’s economic prospects can be greatly improved through minerals processing, the expansion of manufacturing activities, and the production and export of nontraditional agricu...
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Monitoring Regional Integration in Southern Africa Yearbook 2013/2014

Monitoring Regional Integration in Southern Africa Yearbook 2013/2014

12 Mar 2015  Books Publications
Regional and especially economic integration holds potential and strong benefits for Africa. But this is true only if Africa could succeed in identifying a successful formula to co...
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