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COMESA Ministers of Industry approve frameworks for implementing the Regional Industrial Strategy

COMESA Ministers of Industry approve frameworks for implementing the Regional Industrial Strategy

27 May 2021Topic NewsAfrican trade and integration
Ministers of Industry from the 21 COMESA Member States have approved the implementation strategy of the regional local content policy framework and the management of the Special Ec...
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South African government outlines bold steps to grow industrial output and support greater economic inclusion

South African government outlines bold steps to grow industrial output and support greater economic inclusion

19 May 2021Topic NewsTrade law and regulation
A bold set of actions to grow industrial output and support greater economic inclusion was announced today by Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Minister Ebrahim Patel in...
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Thirteenth extraordinary session on the AfCFTA: The Assembly of the Union adopts decision on the start of trading

Thirteenth extraordinary session on the AfCFTA: The Assembly of the Union adopts decision on the start of trading

07 Dec 2020Topic NewsAfrican trade and integration
African Union Heads of State and Government have underscored the urgent need for member states to kick-start trading activities, under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCF...
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COVID-19: Trade-related news, analysis and resources

COVID-19: Trade-related news, analysis and resources

02 Nov 2020Topic NewsTrade law and regulation
tralac is closely monitoring trade-related policy measures and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic adopted and implemented by African countries and beyond. Below is a selection of u...
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African Union Ministers for Trade report progress in AFCFTA negotiations

African Union Ministers for Trade report progress in AFCFTA negotiations

29 Oct 2020Topic NewsAfrican trade and integration
Minister Ebrahim Patel on progress in AFCFTA negotiations Just short of one month after assuming Chairship of the African Union Ministers of Trade, South Africa’s Minister of Tr...
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South Africa’s 2020 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS)

South Africa’s 2020 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS)

29 Oct 2020Topic NewsFinance and development
Finance Minister Tito Tius Mboweni delivered his Medium-Term Budget Policy Speech in Parliament on 28 October 2020 in Cape Town. Below is his speech. Introduction Twenty-si...
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Food Security and Human Welfare Critical in Trade Agreements – South African Minister

Food Security and Human Welfare Critical in Trade Agreements – South African Minister

28 Oct 2020Topic NewsAgriculture and commodities
The Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Mr Ebrahim Patel participated in the Informal World Trade Organisation (WTO) Trade Ministers Meeting on Tuesday, 27 October. The Tr...
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SACUM-UK EPA and SA-US Trade Relations, including AGOA

SACUM-UK EPA and SA-US Trade Relations, including AGOA

28 Oct 2020Topic NewsGlobal trade governance
Presentation by Ambassador Xavier Carim, Deputy Director General, Trade Policy, Negotiations and Cooperation Branch at the dtic, to the Select Committee on Trade and Industry, Econ...
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Global foreign direct investment falls 49%, outlook remains negative

Global foreign direct investment falls 49%, outlook remains negative

27 Oct 2020Topic NewsGlobal trade governance
The biggest drops occurred in developed countries, cutting across all major forms of foreign direct investment. Global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows fell 49% in the first ...
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F15 Ministers, Special Envoys for mobilization of international COVID-19 support

F15 Ministers, Special Envoys for mobilization of international COVID-19 support

26 Oct 2020Topic NewsFinance and development
Communiqué of the teleconference between the African Union Commission, the F15 Finance Ministers and the AU Special Envoys for the mobilization of international support for Africa...
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Sub-Saharan Africa: A Difficult Road to Recovery

Sub-Saharan Africa: A Difficult Road to Recovery

23 Oct 2020Topic NewsFinance and development
With difficult recovery ahead, policy makers have fewer resources at their disposal as they cautiously lift restrictions and reopen economies. Transformative reforms are urgently n...
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AU Heads of State at the 2nd Mid-Year Coordination Meeting call on political and social actors to respect human rights and the rule of law

AU Heads of State at the 2nd Mid-Year Coordination Meeting call on political and social actors to respect human rights and the rule of law

23 Oct 2020Topic NewsAfrican trade and integration
Five years after the adoption of the Africa Agenda 2063 and its vision for greater African economic and political integration, and taking into consideration that next year marks th...
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AfCFTA will address Africa’s investment challenges, says ECA’s Karingi at AIM2020

AfCFTA will address Africa’s investment challenges, says ECA’s Karingi at AIM2020

23 Oct 2020Topic NewsAfrican trade and integration
Regional Investment Agreements and Investment Drivers in Africa: Shaping Global Investment Strategies through the African Continental Free Trade Area The African Continental Free ...
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AfCFTA will harmonize investment rules, create level-playing field, says ECA Director

AfCFTA will harmonize investment rules, create level-playing field, says ECA Director

23 Oct 2020Topic NewsAfrican trade and integration
The African Continental Free Trade Area is going to harmonize investment rules between its member countries and the rest of the world in order to create a level playing field after...
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African Union 2nd Mid-Year Coordination Meeting closes with a resolve to strengthen collaboration in line with the principle of subsidiarity

African Union 2nd Mid-Year Coordination Meeting closes with a resolve to strengthen collaboration in line with the principle of subsidiarity

23 Oct 2020Topic NewsAfrican trade and integration
Meeting ends with resolve to strengthen collaboration between the AU, RECs, RMs, the Member States, and other continental institutions The virtual meeting that took place on 22nd ...
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Continental and Regional Trade Regimes Need Proper Management to Succeed

Continental and Regional Trade Regimes Need Proper Management to Succeed

20 Oct 2020Topic NewsAfrican trade and integration
There is need for proper management of the interface between the continental and the regional free trade regimes to generate a range of win-win outcomes for various stakeholders in...
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Consortium of Global Multilateral Development Banks calls for measures to support trade continuity in Sub-Saharan Africa

Consortium of Global Multilateral Development Banks calls for measures to support trade continuity in Sub-Saharan Africa

09 Oct 2020Topic NewsFinance and development
The Pulse check report issued by a consortium of multilateral development banks and trade research institutions, recounts the views of sub-Saharan banks on multi-lat...
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World Bank confirms economic downturn in sub-Saharan Africa, outlines key polices needed for recovery

World Bank confirms economic downturn in sub-Saharan Africa, outlines key polices needed for recovery

09 Oct 2020Topic NewsFinance and development
As Sub-Saharan African countries continue to face economic uncertainty in the time of COVID-19, the region’s latest macroeconomic analysis says governments can look to policy ref...
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Africa could gain $89 billion annually by curbing illicit financial flows

Africa could gain $89 billion annually by curbing illicit financial flows

29 Sep 2020Topic NewsFinance and development
UNCTAD’s Economic Development in Africa Report 2020 says stopping illicit capital flight could almost cut in half the annual financing gap of $200 billion that the continent face...
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New WTO working group established to deepen trade and gender discussions

New WTO working group established to deepen trade and gender discussions

29 Sep 2020Topic NewsGlobal trade governance
A group of WTO members agreed to establish an Informal Working Group on Trade and Gender on 23 September, marking the next phase of an initiative kickstarted in 2017 to increase th...
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