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The Digital Economy Opportunity for the AfCFTA

The Digital Economy Opportunity for the AfCFTA

28 Apr 2022  Trade Briefs Publications
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is in the process of taking shape. This momentous initiative for Africa holds much promise, not just for the promotion of intra-Afr...
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Special Economic Zones in Africa: An Overview of Policies and Regulatory Regimes

Special Economic Zones in Africa: An Overview of Policies and Regulatory Regimes

22 Apr 2022  Trade Briefs Publications
Special Economic Zones (SEZs) are delimited zones in which industrial development is promoted by incentives and support programmes designed to attract foreign direct investment (FD...
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South Africa Trade Update 2021

South Africa Trade Update 2021

28 Feb 2022  Trade Briefs Publications
South Africa’s latest trade policy formulation retains the clear connection between trade and industrial policy, noting that that trade policy instruments such as the import tari...
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Preferential Tariff Rate Quota Utilisation for 2021 under the EU-SADC EPA

Preferential Tariff Rate Quota Utilisation for 2021 under the EU-SADC EPA

26 Feb 2022  Trade Briefs Publications
The SADC-EU Economic Partnership Agreement was concluded and signed on the 10th of June 2016 by the European Union and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) EPA Group c...
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LDCs in Africa – case study of Angola

LDCs in Africa – case study of Angola

22 Feb 2022  Trade Briefs Publications
Angola is a resource-rich (predominantly oil, precious gems, and metals) sub-Saharan African country located on the west coast of Africa. It is one of the largest oil producers in ...
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Does the AfCFTA provide for a new Approach to Regional Integration in Africa?

Does the AfCFTA provide for a new Approach to Regional Integration in Africa?

21 Feb 2022  Trade Briefs Publications
Regional integration makes sense for Africa. Most African nations are developing countries with small domestic markets. Many are landlocked. Growth through economic integration has...
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Trade Remedies and Safeguards: Important for States and Private Parties

Trade Remedies and Safeguards: Important for States and Private Parties

21 Feb 2022  Trade Briefs Publications
Part 4 of the AfCFTA Protocol on Trade in Goods contains several provisions on trade remedies and safeguards. Article 17 states that the State Parties may apply anti-dumping and co...
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Will Trade Remedies be used as part of Trade Governance under the AfCFTA?

Will Trade Remedies be used as part of Trade Governance under the AfCFTA?

21 Feb 2022  Trade Briefs Publications
Very few African States are active users of trade remedies and safeguards as part of their trade governance and trade policy implementation. Only four African countries – Egypt, ...
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The AfCFTA Trade Remedy Regime can enhance rules-based Trade Governance

The AfCFTA Trade Remedy Regime can enhance rules-based Trade Governance

21 Feb 2022  Trade Briefs Publications
Since only a small number of African States are active users of trade remedies and safeguards, the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement’s ...
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ICT Policy Choices and Digital Development in Africa

ICT Policy Choices and Digital Development in Africa

21 Feb 2022  Trade Briefs Publications
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policies are a key driver of ‘digital development’ – the extent of integration of a country or region into the global digital w...
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Review of Africa’s Road Transport Infrastructure

Review of Africa’s Road Transport Infrastructure

21 Feb 2022  Trade Briefs Publications
The implementation of the African Continental Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) has the potential to contribute to achieving a key objective of the AfCFTA, by boosting intra-Africa trade. T...
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Africa and the adoption of HS2022: Implementation update, impact and consequences in the context of AfCFTA

Africa and the adoption of HS2022: Implementation update, impact and consequences in the context of AfCFTA

01 Feb 2022  Trade Briefs Publications
The new edition of the Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System 2022 (HS2022) entered into force on the 1st of January 2022. This development means that Customs tariffs, ...
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Customs cooperation in facilitating intra-African trade

Customs cooperation in facilitating intra-African trade

20 Dec 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
The Evolving Role of Customs Administrations – from Goalkeeper to Trade Facilitator Customs administrations play a pivotal role in the advancement of international trade. The ef...
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Should the RECs disappear in order to have the AfCFTA?

Should the RECs disappear in order to have the AfCFTA?

02 Nov 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
There are high expectations about the benefits that the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), an ambitious and comprehensive plan for the establishment of a continent-...
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Dispute Settlement as a Trade Policy Choice

Dispute Settlement as a Trade Policy Choice

06 Oct 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
Trade policy is context specific. It is about choices and objectives pursued by a particular State acting unilaterally (the scope of which is limited in respect of reciprocal trade...
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A snapshot of the climate change agenda in 2021

A snapshot of the climate change agenda in 2021

01 Sep 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
The climate change crisis might have taken a backseat during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has certainly again come to the fore with the release of the latest Intergovernmental Pan...
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From 1 to 100 Megawatt: a statutory context to President Ramaphosa’s bold step

From 1 to 100 Megawatt: a statutory context to President Ramaphosa’s bold step

31 Aug 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
An announcement on 10 June 2021 by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa that electricity generation up to 100 Megawatt (MW) would no longer require a license from NERSA – the ...
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The Framework for the Implementation of the AfCFTA

The Framework for the Implementation of the AfCFTA

30 Jul 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
International trade is about commerce across the borders of sovereign States, which have jurisdiction over their own territory. Trade happens primarily through private initiative a...
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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?

30 Jul 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
The so-called new generation Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) do not constitute a specific technical category but are generally designed for comprehensive trade deals and economic inte...
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Agricultural Issues in the African Continental Free Trade Area

Agricultural Issues in the African Continental Free Trade Area

30 Jul 2021  Trade Briefs Publications
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) aims to boost intra-African trade by providing a comprehensive and mutually beneficial trade agreement among the member states, cov...
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