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“100 Days to the CFTA” – Chief Negotiators reconfirm their commitment to conclude negotiations on the CFTA by end of 2017

“100 Days to the CFTA” – Chief Negotiators reconfirm their commitment to conclude negotiations on the CFTA by end of 2017

03 Oct 17  News
The African Union Commission is organizing the Seventh Meeting of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) Negotiating Forum (CFTA-NF) from 02-07 October 2017 in Ethiopia. The Objec...
2017 African Prosperity Conference: Update on the Continental Free Trade Area negotiations

2017 African Prosperity Conference: Update on the Continental Free Trade Area negotiations

25 Sep 17  News
‘Africa needs the CFTA to prosper economically’ President of the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nana Dr. Appiagyei Dankawoso I, has stated that Africa needs ...
African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States’ agricultural trade and the World Trade Organization negotiations

African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States’ agricultural trade and the World Trade Organization negotiations

20 Sep 17  News
The long-running World Trade Organization (WTO) Doha negotiations remain unresolved. The stumbling block in 2008 was the intransigence of the United States of America over domestic...
CFTA Negotiations – the end game

CFTA Negotiations – the end game

14 Aug 17  News
At their last summit this July, the African presidents reiterated their determination to launch the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) this year, that is, by December 2017. They di...
WTO NAMA negotiations: transparency versus the right to regulate

WTO NAMA negotiations: transparency versus the right to regulate

26 Jul 17  Discussion
Willemien Viljoen, tralac Researcher, comments on the non-agricultural market access negotiations at the WTO and the proposal to enhance transparency of regulatory trade measures ...
Goods negotiations restart, members divided on transparency proposal

Goods negotiations restart, members divided on transparency proposal

24 Jul 17  News
WTO members on Friday (21 July) took up a proposal which proponents said would facilitate the participation of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in global trade by ...
African Union Commission to enhance the proposed options for CFTA negotiations modalities

African Union Commission to enhance the proposed options for CFTA negotiations modalities

16 Jan 17  News
African Union Commission (AUC) Experts in Trade-related issues were brainstorming in Nairobi, Kenya, within the framework of the 7th meeting of Continental Free Trade Area Continen...
The lack of African countries’ participation in the WTO Environmental Goods Agreement negotiations – what does the data say?

The lack of African countries’ participation in the WTO Environmental Goods Agreement negotiations – what does the data say?

07 Dec 16  Discussion
Willemien Viljoen, tralac Researcher, discusses African countries’ noticeable absence in the ongoing multilateral negotiations on environmental goods According to the WTO Doha M...
Subsidiarity: Should it be included as a guideline for the CFTA Negotiations?

Subsidiarity: Should it be included as a guideline for the CFTA Negotiations?

27 Oct 16  Publications
Africa’s integration agenda has always been an ambitious one. The typical approach is to target trade in goods and for the Member States to determine, in advance, the timelines f...
Continental free-trade negotiations to conclude by 2017

Continental free-trade negotiations to conclude by 2017

27 May 16  News
President Jacob Zuma said continental leaders are envisaging to conclude negotiations on the continental free-trade area by next year. He also said  the continent should work...
Approaching the CFTA services negotiations: Which way towards delivery by 2017?

Approaching the CFTA services negotiations: Which way towards delivery by 2017?

19 May 16  News
What are the business challenges that need to be addressed in the CFTA services negotiations and how to engage with the private sector in this process? Is it possible for the agree...
WTO members “still interested” in securing results in rules negotiations

WTO members “still interested” in securing results in rules negotiations

31 Mar 16  News
WTO members clearly remain interested in achieving results in the negotiations on rules, despite the lack of an outcome in the sector during last December’s Nairobi Ministerial C...
ECOWAS/UNCTAD/GIZ Stakeholder Consultation on the Development of a Regional Strategy for the CFTA Negotiations

ECOWAS/UNCTAD/GIZ Stakeholder Consultation on the Development of a Regional Strategy for the CFTA Negotiations

11 Mar 16  News
The Trade Directorate at the ECOWAS Commission is in the process of formulating an ECOWAS Regional Strategy for engagement with other partners in the Continental Free Trade Area (C...
Getting the Continental Free Trade Area negotiations underway

Getting the Continental Free Trade Area negotiations underway

11 Mar 16  News
Negotiators adopt Procedural Rules for the CFTA Trade Negotiating Forum It is imperative that African negotiators remain on course as they push for a single market for goods and s...
How to get out of the box on SDT and move the SDGs and the WTO negotiations ahead?

How to get out of the box on SDT and move the SDGs and the WTO negotiations ahead?

08 Mar 16  News
Target 10a of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted as part of the 2030 Agenda by the United Nations last year provides that “the principle of special and differential...
Where to from here for the Tripartite FTA negotiations on movement of business persons?

Where to from here for the Tripartite FTA negotiations on movement of business persons?

02 Mar 16  Discussion
JB Cronjé, tralac Researcher, comments on negotiations towards an agreement on movement of business persons under the Tripartite Free Trade Area At the launch of the negotiations...
Critical Issues in the Negotiations of the Continental Free Trade Area

Critical Issues in the Negotiations of the Continental Free Trade Area

02 Mar 16  Publications
On 15 June 2015, the African Union Assembly launched the negotiations to establish the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) by 2017. Experience of existing Free Trade Areas (FTAs)&nb...

The Agriculture Negotiations at the World Trade Organization: An update after the Nairobi Ministerial Conference

03 Feb 16  Publications
The Agreement on Agriculture (AoA) was the outcome of the Uruguay round of multilateral trade negotiations (1986-1994). The objective of the AoA was to remove agricultural trade di...

The Agriculture Negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO)

18 Dec 15  Publications
The Doha Development Agenda (DDA) owes its existence to the fourth WTO Ministerial Conference held in Doha, Qatar in November 2001, which resulted in the Doha declaration. There we...
African Union warms up for CFTA negotiations

African Union warms up for CFTA negotiations

04 Dec 15  News
As we approach the start of negotiations for the establishment of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA), the African Union (AU) held a series of three meetings on enhancing i...

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