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Sub-Saharan Africa: A Cautious Reopening

Sub-Saharan Africa: A Cautious Reopening

29 Jun 20  News
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to represent an unprecedented health and economic crisis, with costs that will be felt most keenly by the poorest segments of the world’s populati...
tralac’s Daily News selection

tralac’s Daily News selection

24 Jun 20  News
UNCTAD’s latest Policy Brief: Making trade agreements work for gender equality - exploring data gaps and availability SADC Council approves revised regional guidelines to ease c...
Joint Statement of the Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity Against COVID-19

Joint Statement of the Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity Against COVID-19

17 Jun 20  News
The COVID-19 pandemic is a major challenge to humankind, and is the most serious global public health emergency since the end of World War II. To defeat COVID-19 through greater s...
Global trade continues nosedive, UNCTAD forecasts 20% drop in 2020

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

12 Jun 20  News
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...
Private sector leaders commit to mobilizing resources to build back better from COVID-19

Private sector leaders commit to mobilizing resources to build back better from COVID-19

11 Jun 20  News
In a meeting convened by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on 10 June, leaders of prominent financial institutions and businesses pledged to scale-up sustainable i...
COVID-19 to plunge global economy into worst recession since World War II

COVID-19 to plunge global economy into worst recession since World War II

09 Jun 20  News
The global economic outlook during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A changed world The swift and massive shock of the coronavirus pandemic and shutdown measures to contain it have plunged ...
COVID-19: Act now or risk ‘unimaginable devastation’ globally, warns UN chief

COVID-19: Act now or risk ‘unimaginable devastation’ globally, warns UN chief

29 May 20  News
Unless countries across the world act together now, the COVID-19 pandemic will cause “unimaginable devastation and suffering around the world”, UN Secretary-General António Gu...
COVID-19 heightens need for pharmaceutical production in poor countries

COVID-19 heightens need for pharmaceutical production in poor countries

27 May 20  News
UNCTAD and the WHO have teamed up to respond to the urgent call to boost local production of essential medicines in developing countries. With more than 100 projects to develop a ...
PSC Report comment: towards a new post-COVID-19 world order?

PSC Report comment: towards a new post-COVID-19 world order?

21 May 20  News
We are likely to see increased competition between the US and China, rising nationalism and weak global leadership. As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, the reality o...
tralac’s Daily News selection

tralac’s Daily News selection

14 May 20  News
WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo plans to depart: The WTO will make an announcement Thursday about its Director-General Roberto Azevedo, a spokesman said, following reports he ...
COVID-19 triggers marked decline in global trade, new data shows

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

13 May 20  News
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...
tralac’s Daily News selection

tralac’s Daily News selection

06 May 20  News
AfCFTA Year Zero Report (AfroChampions Initiative) This assessment, which was completed before COVID-19 struck, showed that despite the euphoria, AfCFTA commitment and implementat...
tralac’s Daily News selection

tralac’s Daily News selection

04 May 20  News
The Bureau of the Council of Ministers of the AfCFTA will convene a virtual meeting on Wednesday to discuss AfCFTA implementation issues and a trade response to COVID-19. Senior of...
COVID-19 in Africa – some reflections on trade matters

COVID-19 in Africa – some reflections on trade matters

04 May 20  News
Reality check Poverty, inequality and exclusion are key factors contributing to the devastating effects of COVID-19 on all African countries. Issues like fragile healthcare system...
COVID-19: Using economic stimulus to reduce the long-term hunger impact

COVID-19: Using economic stimulus to reduce the long-term hunger impact

04 May 20  News
Beyond the COVID-19 health emergency, a recession looms, and countries ought to take measures now to soften the longer-term impacts on hunger and food insecurity, a new FAO po...
A new normal: UN lays out roadmap to lift economies and save jobs after COVID-19

A new normal: UN lays out roadmap to lift economies and save jobs after COVID-19

04 May 20  News
There will be no return to the “old normal,” governments must act to create a new economy and more jobs. The urgent health crisis that is COVID-19 has created a historic reces...
tralac’s Daily News selection

tralac’s Daily News selection

28 Apr 20  News
Diarise: South Africa’s March merchandise trade statistics will be released on Thursday Selected submissions to the US Trade Representative ahead of negotiations on the proposed...
South African tourism and the coronavirus pandemic

South African tourism and the coronavirus pandemic

28 Apr 20  Blog
SA tourism heads for bleak winter and beyond Worldwide lock-downs in response to the coronavirus pandemic have hit the tourism industry especially hard. There have been no partial...
COVID-19 Trade and trade-related measures in Africa

COVID-19 Trade and trade-related measures in Africa

27 Apr 20  News
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...
tralac’s Daily News selection

tralac’s Daily News selection

24 Apr 20  News
Peter Fabricius: Africa’s free trade agreement gets locked down for the year (ISS, Daily Maverick) The AfCFTA has become the latest in the many casualties of the devastating cor...

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