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Communiqué from Private Sector and Business Associations in SADC on COVID-19 Trade Challenges and Post Recovery Strategies

Communiqué from Private Sector and Business Associations in SADC on COVID-19 Trade Challenges and Post Recovery Strategies

24 Jun 2020Topic NewsTrade law and regulation
Background The Directors of National Private Sector Apex Body and Regional Business Body Associations in the SADC region held an online meeting on 10 June 2020 to discuss the post...
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SADC Regional Response to COVID-19: Transport and trade facilitation, climate change and the environment

SADC Regional Response to COVID-19: Transport and trade facilitation, climate change and the environment

24 Jun 2020Topic NewsServices
The 7th Bulletin of the SADC Regional COVID-19 provides highlights of global and regional developments. The world is currently waiting for a vaccine; this report provides highligh...
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Treat climate crisis with same urgency as COVID-19 pandemic: new ECA paper

Treat climate crisis with same urgency as COVID-19 pandemic: new ECA paper

23 Jun 2020Topic NewsTrade and the environment
A post-coronavirus recovery in Africa should address the fundamental causes of vulnerabilities and go beyond fiscal and monetary adjustments whose sole aim is to ensure the surviva...
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Trade Barriers Report: EU continues to open up markets outside Europe in midst of rising protectionism

Trade Barriers Report: EU continues to open up markets outside Europe in midst of rising protectionism

19 Jun 2020Topic NewsTrade law and regulation
Thanks to the European Union's successful intervention, European companies generated €8 billion in additional exports in 2019. The high number of new restrictions that hinder EU ...
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China loses landmark WTO dispute against the European Union

China loses landmark WTO dispute against the European Union

18 Jun 2020Topic NewsTrade law and regulation
China spent four years fighting for market-economy status, a designation that would give it stronger footing with commercial partners while also curtailing their ability to retalia...
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New report, COVID-19 in African Cities: Impacts, Responses and Policies, launched by ECA & partners

New report, COVID-19 in African Cities: Impacts, Responses and Policies, launched by ECA & partners

17 Jun 2020Topic NewsTrade law and regulation
With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic crippling economies the world over and set to trigger into motion Africa’s first recession in 25 years, the Economic Commission for Africa a...
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UN seeks to build transport and trade resilience in wake of COVID-19

UN seeks to build transport and trade resilience in wake of COVID-19

12 Jun 2020Topic NewsServices
UNCTAD and the five UN regional commissions join forces to help developing countries tackle trade and transport challenges from the coronavirus pandemic. A new joint UN project is...
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Global trade continues nosedive, UNCTAD forecasts 20% drop in 2020

Global trade continues nosedive, UNCTAD forecasts 20% drop in 2020

12 Jun 2020Topic NewsTrade data analysis and visualisation
New data shows a worrying deterioration of trade for developing countries and a continued struggle for the automotive and energy sectors, while office equipment rebounds. Internat...
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EAC implements its COVID-19 response plan and reinforces border officers and communities in the fight against cross border transmission

EAC implements its COVID-19 response plan and reinforces border officers and communities in the fight against cross border transmission

12 Jun 2020Topic NewsServices
The EAC Secretariat in partnership with the African Union Border Programme is reinforcing the border officers and communities to reduce the risks for cross border transmission of t...
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Status of Integration in the Southern African Development Community

Status of Integration in the Southern African Development Community

08 Jun 2020Topic NewsAfrican trade and integration
The Status of Integration in the SADC Region Report highlights the key achievements and successes made by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in the area of regional ...
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EAC partner states adopt the EAC Regional Electronic Cargo and Drivers Tracking System

EAC partner states adopt the EAC Regional Electronic Cargo and Drivers Tracking System

01 Jun 2020Topic NewsServices trade facilitation and customs
EAC Partner States have adopted the EAC Regional Electronic Cargo and Drivers Tracking System that will be hosted at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. The system is expect...
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The impact of COVID-19 on African Oil Sector: A special report by AFREC on the implications on African Countries

The impact of COVID-19 on African Oil Sector: A special report by AFREC on the implications on African Countries

01 Jun 2020Topic NewsTrade and the environment
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is bringing unprecedented changes to the world. Its impact and the necessary response of governments will mean that the next one to two years at least w...
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Summary of Specific Negotiating Objectives for the initiation of United States-Kenya trade agreement negotiations

Summary of Specific Negotiating Objectives for the initiation of United States-Kenya trade agreement negotiations

29 May 2020Topic NewsGlobal trade governance
Introduction On March 17, 2020, the Trump Administration notified Congress that the President intends to negotiate a trade agreement with the Republic of Kenya, in accordance with...
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SARS releases merchandise trade statistics for April 2020

SARS releases merchandise trade statistics for April 2020

29 May 2020Topic NewsTrade data analysis and visualisation
The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today released trade statistics for April 2020 recording a trade deficit of R35.02 billion. These statistics include trade data with Botswa...
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Africa Regional Integration Index says continent can build more resilient economies through integration

Africa Regional Integration Index says continent can build more resilient economies through integration

22 May 2020Topic NewsAfrican trade and integration
The second Africa Regional Integration Index (ARII 2019) was launched Friday by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Development Bank and the African Union Commiss...
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WTO Members discuss trade responses to COVID-19 pandemic

WTO Members discuss trade responses to COVID-19 pandemic

19 May 2020Topic NewsTrade law and regulation
At a meeting of the General Council on 15 May, WTO members exchanged views regarding trade responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many members said the unprecedented crisis was best a...
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ICC mobilises Sub-Saharan Africa regional network to fight impact of COVID-19

ICC mobilises Sub-Saharan Africa regional network to fight impact of COVID-19

18 May 2020Topic NewsTrade law and regulation
ICC convened a landmark Sub-Saharan Africa regional meeting this week bringing together participants from close to 20 African countries. The virtual meeting, which took place on 1...
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COMESA ministers approve harmonized regional trade facilitation guidelines

COMESA ministers approve harmonized regional trade facilitation guidelines

15 May 2020Topic NewsServices
COMESA will develop an online platform for exchanging information on availability of essential products within the COMESA Member States as part of the response measures to the COVI...
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Covid-19 and export restrictions: The limits of international trade law and lessons for the AfCFTA

Covid-19 and export restrictions: The limits of international trade law and lessons for the AfCFTA

14 May 2020Topic NewsTrade law and regulation
The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) today released a Policy Brief which provides a preliminary analysis, from an African perspective, of the limits of international ...
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COVID-19 triggers marked decline in global trade, new data shows

COVID-19 triggers marked decline in global trade, new data shows

13 May 2020Topic NewsTrade data analysis and visualisation
The coronavirus pandemic led to a 3% drop in global trade values in the first quarter of 2020. The downturn is expected to accelerate in the second quarter, according to UNCTAD for...
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