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SADC embracing electronic Certificate of Origin

SADC embracing electronic Certificate of Origin

11 May 2020Topic NewsServices
The review of the SADC revised Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) and subsequent approval by the Head of States and Government in August 2015 created new d...
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In the new economy, knowledge is king

In the new economy, knowledge is king

07 May 2020Topic NewsTechnology and innovation
Shifts in global trade patterns, coupled with rapid technological changes are presenting challenges to sustaining growth. Therefore, a transition to a more knowledge-based growth m...
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AfCFTA Year Zero Report by The AfroChampions Initiative

AfCFTA Year Zero Report by The AfroChampions Initiative

06 May 2020Topic NewsAfrican trade and integration
An Assessment of African Governments’ Commitment and Readiness for AfCFTA Start of Trading in light of COVID-19 This assessment which was completed before COVID-19 struck, showe...
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Regional business community push for trade facilitation in amid COVID-19

Regional business community push for trade facilitation in amid COVID-19

06 May 2020Topic NewsServices
The regional business community, under the umbrella of the COMESA Business Council (CBC) have urged Member States to facilitate the movement of transit essential cargo across the r...
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Insights on African businesses’ reactions and outlook to COVID-19

Insights on African businesses’ reactions and outlook to COVID-19

01 May 2020Topic NewsTrade law and regulation
New ECA-IEC report takes stock of the impact of COVID-19 on businesses and trade The African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) ...
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Ten-point plan to bolster global transport, ease trade during COVID-19

Ten-point plan to bolster global transport, ease trade during COVID-19

28 Apr 2020Topic NewsServices
UNCTAD issues an action plan to tear down barriers to trade and transport and ensure the free flow of goods, food and essential supplies. As countries adopt radical measures to br...
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COVID-19 Trade and trade-related measures in Africa

COVID-19 Trade and trade-related measures in Africa

27 Apr 2020Topic NewsTrade law and regulation
Country Policy Tracker tralac is monitoring trade-related policy responses to the Coronavirus global pandemic. Below is a list of COVID-19 trade and trade-related measures be...
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Innovative tech and connectivity key to fighting COVID-19 in Africa

Innovative tech and connectivity key to fighting COVID-19 in Africa

24 Apr 2020Topic NewsTechnology and innovation
Dealing with the health and economic challenges of COVID-19 has made one point abundantly clear for African countries – “that we need broadband, faster, cheaper, and expan...
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WTO report finds growing number of export restrictions in response to COVID-19 crisis

WTO report finds growing number of export restrictions in response to COVID-19 crisis

23 Apr 2020Topic NewsTrade law and regulation
Eighty countries and customs territories so far have introduced export prohibitions or restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report by the WTO Secre...
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World Bank predicts sharpest decline of remittances in recent history

World Bank predicts sharpest decline of remittances in recent history

23 Apr 2020Topic NewsFinance and development
Global remittances are projected to decline sharply by about 20 percent in 2020 due to the economic crisis induced by the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown. The projected fall, which...
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Newly sworn-in AfCFTA Secretary General, Wamkele Mene, undertakes to serve Africa with resolute determination

Newly sworn-in AfCFTA Secretary General, Wamkele Mene, undertakes to serve Africa with resolute determination

19 Apr 2020Topic NewsAfrican trade and integration
Since the launch of the negotiations in Johannesburg in 2015, remarkable progress has been achieved largely because of the political will and commitment of the Assembly of Heads of...
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AUC, Afreximbank, Afrochampions and UNECA Joint Communiqué on the Need for A Holistic and Coordinated Trade and Investment Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

AUC, Afreximbank, Afrochampions and UNECA Joint Communiqué on the Need for A Holistic and Coordinated Trade and Investment Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

18 Apr 2020Topic NewsTrade law and regulation
The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis that is both unprecedented and with many ramifications. The Pandemic poses significant health and social risks to the entire globe. In...
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COVID-19: FAO and African Union commit to safeguarding food security amid crisis

COVID-19: FAO and African Union commit to safeguarding food security amid crisis

17 Apr 2020Topic NewsAgriculture and commodities
Regional body and UN agency join forces to minimize lockdown’s impact on continent where one in five goes hungry The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO...
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COVID-19: The global food supply chain is holding up, for now

COVID-19: The global food supply chain is holding up, for now

08 Apr 2020Topic NewsAgriculture and commodities
The unfolding COVID-19 pandemic is so far having little impact on the global food supply chain, but that could change for the worse – and soon – if anxiety-driven panic by majo...
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SADC adopts regional Guidelines for harmonising and facilitating movement of critical goods and services across the region during the COVID-19

SADC adopts regional Guidelines for harmonising and facilitating movement of critical goods and services across the region during the COVID-19

08 Apr 2020Topic NewsServices
The Council of Ministers of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) held their emergency virtual meeting on 6th April, 2020 where, among others, the Ministers adopte...
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Trade set to plunge as COVID-19 pandemic upends global economy

Trade set to plunge as COVID-19 pandemic upends global economy

08 Apr 2020Topic NewsTrade data analysis and visualisation
World trade is expected to fall by between 13% and 32% in 2020 as the COVID 19 pandemic disrupts normal economic activity and life around the world. The wide range of possibilitie...
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The Secretary General of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat swears-in

The Secretary General of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat swears-in

19 Mar 2020Topic NewsAfrican trade and integration
The newly elected Secretary General of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat, H.E. Wamkele Mene swore in today as the first ever Secretary General (SG). The...
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2019 African Regional Integration Report: Voices of the RECs

2019 African Regional Integration Report: Voices of the RECs

03 Mar 2020Topic NewsAfrican trade and integration
Towards an integrated and prosperous and peaceful Africa This report first presents the historical context of the African integration process and the progress of African leaders t...
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Botswana deposits Tripartite FTA Ratification instruments

Botswana deposits Tripartite FTA Ratification instruments

05 Feb 2020Topic NewsAfrican trade and integration
Botswana has deposited the instruments of Ratification for the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA Agreement) bringing the number of countries that have done so to eig...
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Online tool to remove trade barriers in Africa goes live

Online tool to remove trade barriers in Africa goes live

21 Jan 2020Topic NewsTrade law and regulation
An online platform developed by UNCTAD and the African Union to help remove non-tariff barriers to trade in Africa became operational on 13 January. Traders and businesses moving ...
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