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African businesses shifting towards new technologies in response to COVID-19 pandemic

African businesses shifting towards new technologies in response to COVID-19 pandemic

26 Aug 2020Topic NewsTechnology and innovation
The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), jointly with International Economics Consulting Ltd (IEC), have released the report of the second comprehensive survey on the COVID-19 pan...
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Lack of proper measurement equipment in MS affecting trade in COMESA

Lack of proper measurement equipment in MS affecting trade in COMESA

24 Aug 2020Topic NewsServices
Several Member States (MS) in the COMESA region are at a disadvantage with their trading partners because of the lack of reliable, accurate and comparable measurement equipment and...
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Undiversified economies, low intra-trade constrain SADC industrial drive

Undiversified economies, low intra-trade constrain SADC industrial drive

21 Aug 2020Topic NewsAfrican trade and integration
The quest to transform southern Africa into an industrialised region is being hampered by the declining level of intra-regional trade and the lack of diversification of domestic ec...
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Statement by Secretary-General H.E. Wamkele Keabetswe Mene at the official commissioning and handing over of the AfCFTA Secretariat

Statement by Secretary-General H.E. Wamkele Keabetswe Mene at the official commissioning and handing over of the AfCFTA Secretariat

17 Aug 2020Topic NewsAfrican trade and integration
On this occasion of the official commissioning and handing over of the AfCFTA Secretariat, let me express deep humility for having been elected by the 33rd Ordinary Session of the ...
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Official Commissioning and Handing Over of the AfCFTA Secretariat

Official Commissioning and Handing Over of the AfCFTA Secretariat

17 Aug 2020Topic NewsAfrican trade and integration
The AfCFTA Secretariat Building was officially commissioned and handed over by the African Union to Ghana on Monday, 17th August 2020. Speeches from the ceremony are available...
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H.E. President Nyusi of Mozambique takes over as Chair of SADC, pledging to continue advancing the regional development agenda

H.E. President Nyusi of Mozambique takes over as Chair of SADC, pledging to continue advancing the regional development agenda

17 Aug 2020Topic NewsAfrican trade and integration
His Excellency Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, President of the Republic of Mozambique, on 17th August, 2020 assumed the Chairpersonship of the Southern African Development Community (S...
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40th Ordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government held virtually

40th Ordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government held virtually

17 Aug 2020Topic NewsAfrican trade and integration
The 40th Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was held virtually from Maputo, Mozambique on the 17th ...
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SADC commended for reducing impact of COVID-19

SADC commended for reducing impact of COVID-19

17 Aug 2020Topic NewsAfrican trade and integration
SADC Member States have been commended for putting in place vibrant measures to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, commonly known as COVID-19. These measures include in...
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SADC Day Message by H.H. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, President of the United Republic of Tanzania and SADC Chairperson

SADC Day Message by H.H. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, President of the United Republic of Tanzania and SADC Chairperson

17 Aug 2020Topic NewsAfrican trade and integration
Fellow SADC Citizens It has been 40 years since our Organization was established in Lusaka, Zambia, in 1980; and exactly 28 years since the transformation of the Southern African ...
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SADC discusses Vision 2050, RISDP 2020-30

SADC discusses Vision 2050, RISDP 2020-30

17 Aug 2020Topic NewsAfrican trade and integration
The 40th SADC Summit set for 17 August is expected to receive and deliberate on a new Vision 2050 and an accompanying development blueprint that will provide strategic directi...
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In wake of COVID-19, African Union to keep AfCFTA on track with digital technology

In wake of COVID-19, African Union to keep AfCFTA on track with digital technology

16 Aug 2020Topic NewsTechnology and innovation
Since the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic, the AU Commission, like most intergovernmental organisations around the world, has shifted most of its activities online. In this contex...
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WTO issues new report on how COVID-19 crisis may push up trade costs

WTO issues new report on how COVID-19 crisis may push up trade costs

14 Aug 2020Topic NewsGlobal trade governance
The WTO Secretariat has published a new information note warning of possible increases to trade costs due to COVID-19 disruptions. The note examines the pandemic’s impact on key ...
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Assessing Africa’s policies and institutions: Safeguarding human capital during and beyond COVID-19

Assessing Africa’s policies and institutions: Safeguarding human capital during and beyond COVID-19

14 Aug 2020Topic NewsFinance and development
The  Country Policy and Institutional Assessment (CPIA) for Africa  is an annual diagnostic tool for Sub-Saharan African countries eligible for International Developm...
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ECA report urges African countries to harmonize trade and transport regulations in the fight against COVID-19

ECA report urges African countries to harmonize trade and transport regulations in the fight against COVID-19

12 Aug 2020Topic NewsServices
The Regional Integration and Trade Division (RITD) at ECA has released a new report entitled “Facilitating Cross-Border Trade Through a Coordinated African Response to COVID-19...
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SADC, EU and Germany step-up cooperation towards regional response to COVID-19

SADC, EU and Germany step-up cooperation towards regional response to COVID-19

10 Aug 2020Topic NewsGlobal trade governance
As part of the on-going regional response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Her Excellency Dr. Stergomena Lawr...
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Rwanda harnesses technology to fight COVID-19, drive recovery

Rwanda harnesses technology to fight COVID-19, drive recovery

06 Aug 2020Topic NewsTechnology and innovation
In a conversation with IMF Country Focus, Rwanda’s Minister of State in Charge of National Treasury Richard Tusabe explains how his government is leveraging technology and grass-...
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COMESA COVID-19 Food Security and Nutrition Plan adopted

COMESA COVID-19 Food Security and Nutrition Plan adopted

05 Aug 2020Topic NewsAgriculture and commodities
Ministers responsible for agriculture, environment and natural resources have adopted the COMESA COVID-19 Food Security Response Plan to help the region deal with the impacts of Co...
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WTO report draws attention to impact of COVID-19 trade disruptions on women

WTO report draws attention to impact of COVID-19 trade disruptions on women

05 Aug 2020Topic NewsGlobal trade governance
Women are likely to be harder hit than men by trade disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the dangers are particularly acute in developing countries according to a new in...
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COMESA, EAC and SADC adopt harmonised Guidelines on Trade and Transport Facilitation

COMESA, EAC and SADC adopt harmonised Guidelines on Trade and Transport Facilitation

30 Jul 2020Topic NewsServices
The Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), East African Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on 29th July, 2020 adopted harmonised Tr...
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WHO, WIPO, WTO launch updated study on access to medical technologies and innovation

WHO, WIPO, WTO launch updated study on access to medical technologies and innovation

29 Jul 2020Topic NewsTechnology and innovation
On 29 July, the Directors-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the WTO presented a new edition of the Trilateral ...
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