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tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

23 Feb 17  News
African trade and regional integration policy issues featured in debate at yesterday’s Africa Knowledge Fest in Washington: scan @WorldBankAfrica tweets, or #AfricaKnowledgeFest ...
WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement enters into force

WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement enters into force

22 Feb 17  News
A major milestone for the global trading system was reached on 22 February 2017 when the first multilateral deal concluded in the 21 year history of the World Trade Organization en...
Major global agreement comes into force making trade cheaper, easier and faster

Major global agreement comes into force making trade cheaper, easier and faster

22 Feb 17  News
Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO), supported by UNCTAD, commit to streamlining procedures that will significantly increase international trade, reduce corruption and bo...
India to pitch global services accord to WTO chief Azevêdo

India to pitch global services accord to WTO chief Azevêdo

09 Feb 17  News
India was expected to make a presentation on Thursday to World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director General Roberto Azevêdo and India Inc. on New Delhi’s proposal for a global...
Boosting business competitiveness with ITC guides on trade facilitation

Boosting business competitiveness with ITC guides on trade facilitation

27 Jan 17  News
ITC’s practical guides can help small firms take advantage of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement. Small businesses may soon become big winners. With the World Trade Organizati...
WTO says $1 trillion global trade treaty about to come into force

WTO says $1 trillion global trade treaty about to come into force

27 Jan 17  News
A trade accord that will boost global exports by $1 trillion should come into force within two weeks, the head of the World Trade Organization said on Thursday, just as the rhetori...
“Make trade facilitation a reality” – Officials meet at the first UNCTAD-hosted forum to prepare for new global TFA

“Make trade facilitation a reality” – Officials meet at the first UNCTAD-hosted forum to prepare for new global TFA

25 Jan 17  News
NEW presentations are available to download With a major global agreement on making international trade “faster, easier and cheaper” due to take effect in the early weeks of 2...
Africa’s external relations

Africa’s external relations

20 Jan 17  Resource
Wanted: affordable medicines for all

Wanted: affordable medicines for all

12 Jan 17  News
UN panel calls for new global accords to make drugs cheaper Pneumonia, an acute infection of the lungs, is the biggest killer of children worldwide even though it is treatable and...
Global trade governance

Global trade governance

04 Jan 17  Themes
International trade and the global economy have undergone significant changes in recent years as a result of improved technology, a shift towards trade in services, and increasing ...
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...
Implementing the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement in SADC: Promise and Pitfalls

Implementing the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement in SADC: Promise and Pitfalls

30 Nov 16  Publications
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) considers the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), reached in Bali, Indonesia, in December 2013, to be a considerable achievement. An official res...
Comparing safeguard measures in recent regional and bilateral trade agreements

Comparing safeguard measures in recent regional and bilateral trade agreements

22 Nov 16  News
As negotiators pursue talks on a workable agricultural safeguard mechanism at the World Trade Organization, it is critical that they have access to up-to-date and reliable informat...
Market access for products and services of export interest to least developed countries: Summary of recent developments

Market access for products and services of export interest to least developed countries: Summary of recent developments

26 Sep 16  News
Executive summary LDC exports of goods and services grew by an annual average of 7.6% over the 2005-2015 period and, thus, slightly more than the exports of other developing econo...
TRIPS flexibilities and anti-counterfeit legislation in Kenya and the EAC: Implications for generic producers

TRIPS flexibilities and anti-counterfeit legislation in Kenya and the EAC: Implications for generic producers

15 Sep 16  News
This paper aims to make a contribution to the ongoing debate in Kenya and the East African Community (EAC) about sub-standard drugs, access to medicines, local pharmaceutical produ...
WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement: Developments since Bali

WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement: Developments since Bali

24 Aug 16  Publications
The landmark decision by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) members in December 2013 in Bali at the 9th Ministerial Conference on a Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) remains ...
Making a case for the ratification and implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

Making a case for the ratification and implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

10 Aug 16  News
In recent times, exporters, importers and manufacturers have decried the high cost of doing businesses at Ghana’s ports and borders. The delays and its attendant cost have placed...
Fifth Meeting of Trade Ministers of Landlocked Developing Countries: Geneva Ministerial Declaration

Fifth Meeting of Trade Ministers of Landlocked Developing Countries: Geneva Ministerial Declaration

30 Jun 16  News
We, the Ministers and officials responsible for trade of the Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs), have met in Geneva, Switzerland on 23 and 24 June 2016 and have held our del...
South Africa accepts protocol amending the TRIPS Agreement

South Africa accepts protocol amending the TRIPS Agreement

25 Feb 16  News
South Africa deposited its instrument of acceptance for the 2005 protocol amending the WTO’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on 23 Febr...
Mali notifies acceptance of Trade Facilitation Agreement, TRIPS amendment

Mali notifies acceptance of Trade Facilitation Agreement, TRIPS amendment

21 Jan 16  News
Mali has ratified the new Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), becoming the 10th African nation to do so. Mali has also accepted an amendment to the TRIPS Agreement aimed at facilit...

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