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8th Meeting of the BRICS Trade Ministers: Joint Communiqué

8th Meeting of the BRICS Trade Ministers: Joint Communiqué

05 Jul 18  News
 Joint Communiqué The 8th BRICS Trade Ministers met on 5 July 2018 in Magaliesburg, South Africa under the chairmanship of Dr Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry ...
DG Azevêdo: “Our efforts in the WTO must translate into real trade gains for LDCs”

DG Azevêdo: “Our efforts in the WTO must translate into real trade gains for LDCs”

02 Jul 18  News
Addressing a meeting of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Group on 28 June 2018, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said WTO members need to build on the progress achieved on LDC...
tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

27 Jun 18  News
A reminder: The Southern African Structured Trade Seminar is underway in Livingstone. For Twitter updates: #SAST2018 WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement: update “Almost 85% of...
WTO members take stock of progress on implementing Trade Facilitation Agreement

WTO members take stock of progress on implementing Trade Facilitation Agreement

27 Jun 18  News
“Almost 85 per cent of WTO members have now completed their domestic ratification processes. This is great progress, but of course there is more to do,” DG Azevêdo said at the...
EU’s Malmström: bad domestic policies also make trade unfair

EU’s Malmström: bad domestic policies also make trade unfair

05 Jun 18  News
EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström says domestic policy choices, such as taxation, are just as responsible as global trade rules for determining who benefits from globalizati...
Trade Facilitation in Africa: Progress, Performance and Potential

Trade Facilitation in Africa: Progress, Performance and Potential

30 May 18  Publications
Trade facilitation refers to measures taken by a sovereign nation and its agencies to remove or ameliorate hindrances to cross-border trade of goods and services. In the African co...
tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

19 Apr 18  News
Exploring Malawi’s export potential (ITC) Regional integration is the key to Malawi’s trade success, according to a new ITC report (pdf) that uncovers the country’s greatest...
WTO Members submit proposals aimed at advancing exploratory e-commerce work

WTO Members submit proposals aimed at advancing exploratory e-commerce work

19 Apr 18  News
Over the past few weeks, a host of submissions have been put forward by WTO members as part of exploratory work to support future talks among interested parties on the trade-relate...
WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement and Doing Business reforms: Are they related and how?

WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement and Doing Business reforms: Are they related and how?

14 Mar 18  News
Small differences in the time and cost to trade can determine whether or not a country participates in global value chains. In this respect, the World Trade Organization’s ...
WTO General Council chair: transparency and inclusivity important to build trust

WTO General Council chair: transparency and inclusivity important to build trust

09 Mar 18  News
Remarks by Ambassador Xavier Carim (South Africa) at the conclusion of his final meeting as chair of the General Council Let me start by saying that it has been a privilege to ser...
Post-MC11: Charting a way forward for LDCs, SVEs and SSA countries

Post-MC11: Charting a way forward for LDCs, SVEs and SSA countries

07 Mar 18  News
The 11th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference (MC11) was held from 10-13 December 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, against a backdrop of considerable changes to th...
Are Trade Remedies important for achieving the AfCFTA Goals?

Are Trade Remedies important for achieving the AfCFTA Goals?

23 Feb 18  Blog
Trade remedies (TR) are trade policy tools used by governments to take remedial action against imports which cause injury to domestic industries. TR consist of anti-dumping (AD), c...
Africa should not ignore what happened in Buenos Aires

Africa should not ignore what happened in Buenos Aires

23 Feb 18  Blog
The 11th Ministerial Conference of the WTO in Buenos Aires was a disappointment. The meeting concluded without any new deals and no signs that the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) wil...
Collective action is key to defending trade, Geneva Dialogue hears

Collective action is key to defending trade, Geneva Dialogue hears

20 Feb 18  News
Challenges to the multilateral trading system can be met by collective institutions like UNCTAD defending trade’s power to pull more people out of poverty. The time has come to ...
Why Africa should not ignore what happened in Buenos Aires

Why Africa should not ignore what happened in Buenos Aires

15 Feb 18  Publications
The 11th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO), held in Buenos Aires in December 2017, was a disappointment. It has been described in The Economist as “the...
Brazil circulates proposal for WTO Investment Facilitation deal

Brazil circulates proposal for WTO Investment Facilitation deal

09 Feb 18  News
Brazil submitted an extensive draft proposal for a potential agreement on investment facilitation to the WTO’s General Council last week, in a bid to jumpstart more “...
Informal WTO Ministerial gathering on the sidelines of the WEF emphasises the need for political discussion on development

Informal WTO Ministerial gathering on the sidelines of the WEF emphasises the need for political discussion on development

02 Feb 18  News
The Informal World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Gathering on the side-lines of World Economic Forum (WEF) was convened by Switzerland on 26 January 2018 as an opportunity f...
When African Trade Arrangements incorporate WTO Disciplines without all Member States being WTO Members

When African Trade Arrangements incorporate WTO Disciplines without all Member States being WTO Members

24 Jan 18  Publications
This Trade Brief takes a look at a feature of African trade arrangements which has given rise to little discussion or concern. The legal instruments underpinning African trade arra...
Trade Policy Review: The Gambia

Trade Policy Review: The Gambia

23 Jan 18  News
The first review of the trade policies and practices of the Gambia takes place on 23 and 25 January 2018. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report b...
A tralac Perspective on the bigger picture for 2018

A tralac Perspective on the bigger picture for 2018

19 Jan 18  Blog
The Trade Law Centre (tralac) monitors integration, trade and governance in Africa. The fact that developments in Southern and Eastern Africa are more frequently covered does not m...

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