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Gender Provisions in African Trade Agreements: What Commitments Are There For Reconciling Gender Equality and Trade?

Gender Provisions in African Trade Agreements: What Commitments Are There For Reconciling Gender Equality and Trade?

25 Mar 2022  Working Papers Publications
The trade agreements concluded by African countries stand out in many respects in terms of addressing gender issues. Specific provisions on gender have been integrated in African t...
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African Economic Integration through the AfCFTA

African Economic Integration through the AfCFTA

23 Feb 2022  Working Papers Publications
Regional integration makes sense in and for Africa. Most African nations are developing countries with small domestic markets. Many are land locked. Growth through economic integra...
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The SADC Protocol on Trade in Services enters into force – what is in it for services trade and for services suppliers?

The SADC Protocol on Trade in Services enters into force – what is in it for services trade and for services suppliers?

15 Feb 2022  Working Papers Publications
The Member States of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) agreed to liberalise trade in the service sectors in efforts to enhance regional integration and the creation...
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2021: Review of ITAC Investigations in a Pandemic Environment

2021: Review of ITAC Investigations in a Pandemic Environment

06 Feb 2022  Working Papers Publications
The aim of the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC), as mandated by the International Trade Administration Act, 2002 (the ITA Act), is to foster eco...
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State of Intra-REC Trade and Trade Liberalisation

State of Intra-REC Trade and Trade Liberalisation

26 Jan 2022  Working Papers Publications
Regional Economic Communities (RECs) are major building blocks in the realisation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) according to the Governing Principles of the A...
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Eight Types of Provisions to Make the AfCFTA Investment Protocol Gender-Responsive

Eight Types of Provisions to Make the AfCFTA Investment Protocol Gender-Responsive

31 Dec 2021  Working Papers Publications
The ongoing negotiations of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Investment Protocol present a unique opportunity to make intra-African investment work for women by des...
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The Trade Remedies and Safeguards Regime of the AfCFTA

The Trade Remedies and Safeguards Regime of the AfCFTA

30 Nov 2021  Working Papers Publications
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement contains detailed provisions on trade remedies and safeguards, modelled on World Trade Organisation (WTO) principles. Sin...
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Are WTO Members Misinterpreting or Abandoning the Mandate of S&DT in the WTO?

Are WTO Members Misinterpreting or Abandoning the Mandate of S&DT in the WTO?

15 Nov 2021  Working Papers Publications
It is a long-held view of developing countries in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) that some restrict-ions imposed by WTO trade rules and trade related agreements tend to hinder ...
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How will the Trade Remedy Regime of the AfCFTA impact on Trade Governance?

How will the Trade Remedy Regime of the AfCFTA impact on Trade Governance?

02 Nov 2021  Working Papers Publications
The legal instruments of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) provide for a detailed regime to implement Trade Remedy and Safeguard measures. One gets the impression th...
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Protecting Geographical Indications in an African context: The South African Rooibos saga and its aftermath

Protecting Geographical Indications in an African context: The South African Rooibos saga and its aftermath

21 Oct 2021  Working Papers Publications
Geographical indications (GIs) are used to identify a good as originating in the territory of a specific country, or a region or locality in that country, where a given quality, re...
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How will Disputes be resolved under the AfCFTA Dispute Settlement Protocol?

How will Disputes be resolved under the AfCFTA Dispute Settlement Protocol?

05 Oct 2021  Working Papers Publications
One of the first accomplishments of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) negotiations was the adoption of the Protocol on Rules and Procedures on the Settlement of Disp...
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Can the AfCFTA evolve into a New Generation Partnership for Africa?

Can the AfCFTA evolve into a New Generation Partnership for Africa?

01 Sep 2021  Working Papers Publications
Agreements to establish so-called new generation Free Trade Areas (FTAs) have become frequent. They are “new” because they liberalise not only trade in goods but also services,...
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The potential role  for drones in Africa’s value chains

The potential role for drones in Africa’s value chains

06 Aug 2021  Working Papers Publications
Industrialisation and the emergence of new technologies, such as the Internet, have improved value chain efficiency but also increased the complexity of production linkages. Within...
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The potential role for drones in Africa’s value chains

The potential role for drones in Africa’s value chains

30 Jul 2021  Working Papers Publications
Industrialisation and the emergence of new technologies, such as the Internet, have improved value chain efficiency but also increased the complexity of production linkages. Within...
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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  Working Papers 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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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  Working Papers 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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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  Working Papers 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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An Investment Protocol for the AfCFTA

An Investment Protocol for the AfCFTA

19 Apr 2021  Working Papers 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  Working Papers 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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Import Restrictions: Namibian Court clarifies Rights of Private Parties

Import Restrictions: Namibian Court clarifies Rights of Private Parties

28 Mar 2021  Working Papers 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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