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Enhancing Corridor Institutional Arrangements for Improved Cross-Border Transport and Trade Facilitation

Enhancing Corridor Institutional Arrangements for Improved Cross-Border Transport and Trade Facilitation

11 Jun 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
In Africa, cross-border road transport carries over 80% of intra-regional and inter-regional trade. It provides a critical link between landlocked countries and international marke...
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Realising the One African Services Market through the AfCFTA

Realising the One African Services Market through the AfCFTA

31 May 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
Start of trade under the preferential terms of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was announced on 1 January 2021, whilst negotiations to finalise outstanding issues ...
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Indebtedness in sub-Saharan Africa: The shadow of COVID-19

Indebtedness in sub-Saharan Africa: The shadow of COVID-19

31 May 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
This trade brief will provide an overview of the state of indebtedness (including both public and private debt) for sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). This will cover the period of 2015-202...
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The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA): what has South Africa actually offered Africa?

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA): what has South Africa actually offered Africa?

31 May 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
In early 2021, the AfCFTA started to become a reality, albeit an agreement with many details still to be finalized. The objective for this trade brief is to examine the African Con...
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Trade remedies and trade disputes: the case of the US-EU large aircraft dispute, and how these disputes can present opportunities for South Africa’s wine exports to the United States

Trade remedies and trade disputes: the case of the US-EU large aircraft dispute, and how these disputes can present opportunities for South Africa’s wine exports to the United States

30 Apr 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
Most countries broadly aspire to free trade, and the benefits of international trade at times induce situations where governments support domestic industries with the objective of ...
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São Tomé and Príncipe in the times of COVID-19

São Tomé and Príncipe in the times of COVID-19

19 Apr 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
The COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdowns, which have restricted the movement of people and lowered economic activity, has had a significantly negative impact on global econo...
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The AfCFTA needs an active and innovative Secretariat

The AfCFTA needs an active and innovative Secretariat

19 Apr 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
Secretariats are standard features of African regional integration arrangements. This will be true of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) too. The extent of all the po...
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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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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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Tech Disruption in Africa: Assessing the Potential of the Digital Labour Platform Sector

Tech Disruption in Africa: Assessing the Potential of the Digital Labour Platform Sector

22 Nov 2020  Trade Briefs Publications
Digital labour platforms are applications that run on computers and smart devices and are able to facilitate new online markets for services of diverse types. These platforms disru...
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Will the AfCFTA generate NTB related Disputes?

Will the AfCFTA generate NTB related Disputes?

17 Nov 2020  Trade Briefs Publications
When private sector stakeholders are encouraged to report instances of encountering NTBs on a public monitoring platform such as tradebarriers.org, the assumption is that their com...
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Domestic remedies in trade disputes: Administrative law principles

Domestic remedies in trade disputes: Administrative law principles

29 Sep 2020  Trade Briefs Publications
Domestic (or national) courts play an important role in the settlement of trade disputes. One of the main reasons is that the parties to the dispute are likely to be familiar with ...
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African Continental Free Trade Agreement – what can the AfCFTA add to trade liberalisation if the regional economic communities remain?

African Continental Free Trade Agreement – what can the AfCFTA add to trade liberalisation if the regional economic communities remain?

25 Jun 2020  Trade Briefs Publications
In 2018, only 15 per cent of Africa’s exports were intra-Africa, of which most were exports among African countries which are members of the same regional economic communities (R...
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COVID-19: Trade and related measures and responses in Africa

COVID-19: Trade and related measures and responses in Africa

25 May 2020  Trade Briefs Publications
Most, if not all, African governments have implemented several trade-related responses and measures during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The aims of the measures are to faci...
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IMF Emergency Funding in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic

IMF Emergency Funding in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic

14 May 2020  Trade Briefs Publications
The COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic is an unprecedented crisis facing the world and the global economy. Its social, welfare, health and economic consequences have been...
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The South African Post Office (SAPO) versus PostNet – a setback for e-commerce in South Africa

The South African Post Office (SAPO) versus PostNet – a setback for e-commerce in South Africa

16 Apr 2020  Trade Briefs Publications
The Independent Communication Authority of South Africa’s Complaints and Compliance Committee (CCC) found on 26 September 2019 that retail and courier service provider, PostNet S...
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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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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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