Tag: Multilateral trade agreements

Trade amidst declining Trust: The Consequences for Multilateral Governance

Trade amidst declining Trust: The Consequences for Multilateral Governance

20 Aug 20  Publications
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) came into being on 1 January 1995. It is the embodiment of a remarkable international development. The architecture of the WTO system confers a s...
What is happening to the WTO?

What is happening to the WTO?

13 Sep 19  Blog
Freedom of trade and equal market access were central to the plans for reconstructing the post World War II international order. International peace had to be secured through, amon...
An update on the implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement by African countries as of July 2019

An update on the implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement by African countries as of July 2019

01 Aug 19  Blog
This blog provides an update of the ratification and implementation status of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) by African countries as of July ...
tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

31 Jul 19  News
Uganda Revenue Authority Commissioner for Customs, Dicksons Kateshumbwa, was recently elected as the World Customs Organisation Council chairperson. Extracts from an interview: ...
What does the National Security Exception in GATT mean?

What does the National Security Exception in GATT mean?

11 Jul 19  Blog
The World Trade Organization (WTO) regime is rules-based. One of the implications is that the Member States can only invoke exceptions that are expressly provided for; national mea...
Joint Statement of the Coordinators’ Meeting on the Implementation  of the Follow-up Actions of the FOCAC Beijing Summit

Joint Statement of the Coordinators’ Meeting on the Implementation of the Follow-up Actions of the FOCAC Beijing Summit

28 Jun 19  News
To jointly advance the implementation of the follow-up actions of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Beijing Summit, Coordinators from the People’s Republic of ...
An Update on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and African countries

An Update on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and African countries

21 Feb 19  Publications
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) defines trade facilitation as the simplification, modernization, and harmonisation of export and import processes. Trade facilitation at the WTO ...
The continued relevance of S&DT in favour of Developing Members to promote development and ensure inclusiveness

The continued relevance of S&DT in favour of Developing Members to promote development and ensure inclusiveness

20 Feb 19  News
Communication from China, India, South Africa and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, for discussion at the Formal Meeting of the WTO General Council on 28 February 2019 Th...
WTO Members discuss progress and assistance on Trade Facilitation Agreement’s 2nd year

WTO Members discuss progress and assistance on Trade Facilitation Agreement’s 2nd year

15 Feb 19  News
World Trade Organisation (WTO) members took stock of progress in implementing the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) at the 12-13 February meeting of the Committee on Trade Facilit...
African Group Statement: Informal WTO Ministerial gathering at WEF 2019

African Group Statement: Informal WTO Ministerial gathering at WEF 2019

05 Feb 19  News
This statement is circulated by H.E. Minister Rob Davies to the informal WTO Ministerial gathering in Davos on behalf of Benin, as the Coordinator of the African Group. The t...
76 countries launch WTO talks on e-commerce

76 countries launch WTO talks on e-commerce

25 Jan 19  News
At the World Economic Forum in Davos today, 76 countries – the European Union and 47 other members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) – decided to start negotiations to put ...
An undifferentiated WTO: Self-declared development status risks institutional irrelevance

An undifferentiated WTO: Self-declared development status risks institutional irrelevance

17 Jan 19  News
Communication from the United States In the preamble to the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization, the Parties recognized that “their relations in the fi...
Second Regional Dialogue on WTO Accessions for the Greater Horn of Africa: Djibouti Outcome

Second Regional Dialogue on WTO Accessions for the Greater Horn of Africa: Djibouti Outcome

18 Dec 18  News
Trade for Peace through WTO Accessions Introduction The Second Regional Dialogue on WTO Accessions for the Greater Horn of Africa took place in Djibouti from 3 to 6 December 2018...
The Buenos Aires G20 Meeting: Has Rules-based global Trade survived?

The Buenos Aires G20 Meeting: Has Rules-based global Trade survived?

11 Dec 18  Blog
The communiqué issued at the end of the Group of 20 meeting in Buenos Aires recently (30 November and 1 December 2018) reads like the to-do list for the world’s leading countrie...
Committees are cornerstone of pan-African trade dream, NTFC Forum hears

Committees are cornerstone of pan-African trade dream, NTFC Forum hears

28 Nov 18  News
National trade facilitation committees can make the dream of seamless African trade a reality, experts tell Addis Ababa forum on easing the flow of goods on the continent. The dre...
Smooth African trade to tackle rising challenges: UNCTAD head

Smooth African trade to tackle rising challenges: UNCTAD head

27 Nov 18  News
Competitive transport, logistics and foreign investment are essential to ease intra-African commerce and reap rewards of new deal, meeting hears. Smoothing the way for African tra...
Billions more people must benefit from trade gains, experts say

Billions more people must benefit from trade gains, experts say

20 Nov 18  News
A global system that leaves the top 1% as rich as the bottom 56% is overdue for reform, with women’s economic exclusion among the highest priorities. While some countries and so...
WTO members adopt roadmap for reducing technical barriers to trade

WTO members adopt roadmap for reducing technical barriers to trade

19 Nov 18  News
WTO members achieved a breakthrough at a 14-15 November meeting of the Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) by agreeing on a list of recommendations that aim at reducing ...
Assuring Continuation of Effective WTO Dispute Settlement

Assuring Continuation of Effective WTO Dispute Settlement

18 Nov 18  Blog
Until the past few years, for many there was widespread complacency over the existence and state of the liberal world trading system. If progress was needed that could not be achie...
Regional Integration as a building block for the Multilateral Trading System

Regional Integration as a building block for the Multilateral Trading System

18 Nov 18  Blog
The signing of the Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) by African countries earlier this year was a momentous decision which could potentially alter the economic growth traje...