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WHO, WIPO, WTO launch updated study on access to medical technologies and innovation

WHO, WIPO, WTO launch updated study on access to medical technologies and innovation

29 Jul 2020  News
On 29 July, the Directors-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the WTO presented a new edition of the Trilateral ...
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COMESA COVID-19 Food Security Response Plan underway

COMESA COVID-19 Food Security Response Plan underway

29 Jul 2020  News
The COMESA Secretariat has developed a draft COVID-19 Regional Food and Nutrition Security Response Plan to improve agricultural productivity, enhance access to competitive markets...
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SADC member states urged to strengthen mechanisms to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, as 45 million people across the region face increasing food insecurity

SADC member states urged to strengthen mechanisms to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, as 45 million people across the region face increasing food insecurity

29 Jul 2020  News
A new report released by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has revealed that close to 44.8 million people in urban and rural areas across 13 Members States of South...
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tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

28 Jul 2020  News
David Luke: Why trade matters for African development (LSE Africa) The central role of trade in development requires that trade policies, trade agreements and concessional arrange...
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AfCFTA: Trade pact could boost Africa’s income by $450 billion, study finds

AfCFTA: Trade pact could boost Africa’s income by $450 billion, study finds

27 Jul 2020  News
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) represents a major opportunity for countries to boost growth, reduce poverty, and broaden economic inclusion, a new World Bank repo...
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tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

27 Jul 2020  News
Diarise: South Africa’s June 2020 merchandise trade statistics will be released on Friday. ABSA forecasts a merchandise trade surplus “due to a combination of weak domestic dem...
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WTO report shows members moving to facilitate imports even as trade restrictions remain high

WTO report shows members moving to facilitate imports even as trade restrictions remain high

27 Jul 2020  News
While import-restrictive measures introduced by WTO members continued to affect a growing share of global trade, the Director-General’s latest mid-year report on trade-related de...
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tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

24 Jul 2020  News
Kenya’s Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development posts a call for consultants to provide technical assistance towards the negotiations for the proposed FTA...
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Minister Patel tables Department of Trade, Industry and Competition Revised Budget Vote 2020/2021

Minister Patel tables Department of Trade, Industry and Competition Revised Budget Vote 2020/2021

24 Jul 2020  News
Extracts from Minister Patel’s Address to the National Assembly During the first Budget Vote under the new Administration in July last year, Deputy Ministers Gina, Majola and I ...
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Minister Patel briefs BRICS meeting on South Africa’s handling of the pandemic, outlining key lessons

Minister Patel briefs BRICS meeting on South Africa’s handling of the pandemic, outlining key lessons

24 Jul 2020  News
The Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Mr Ebrahim Patel participated in the 10th BRICS Trade Ministers Meeting on Thursday. The Trade Ministers Meeting focused on respons...
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tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

23 Jul 2020  News
The 10th BRICS Trade Ministers Meeting takes place today. On the agenda: responses to the corona virus outbreak, the strategy for BRICS Economic Partnership 2025, the Multilateral ...
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Amid fears of worst recession in decades, urgent calls for solidarity, a united economic front

Amid fears of worst recession in decades, urgent calls for solidarity, a united economic front

23 Jul 2020  News
With multilateral cooperation under strain, senior UN officials, Nobel laureates and eminent academic experts, gathered virtually on Wednesday for the launch of a new report recomm...
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EAC Partner States adopt import duty measures to boost local production amidst COVID-19 pandemic

EAC Partner States adopt import duty measures to boost local production amidst COVID-19 pandemic

23 Jul 2020  News
EAC Partner States, i.e. Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, have adopted various measures on EAC Common External Tariff (CET) with the aim of boosting local production in...
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tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

22 Jul 2020  News
Diarise: 27 July. Leading the way: How Africa is establishing a 21st century trade agenda This event will introduce the new World Bank Group report: The African Continental Free T...
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COVID-19 is fuelling acceleration in digital transformation in Africa

COVID-19 is fuelling acceleration in digital transformation in Africa

22 Jul 2020  News
The world is increasingly going digital but much still need to be done on the continent to increase internet penetration. According to the International Telecommunication Union, in...
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tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

21 Jul 2020  News
Diarise: SA and the IMF: The IMF’s executive board will meet on Monday, 27 July, to consider South Africa’s request for a Covid-19 response loan. AfCFTA negotiations ...
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Trade policy can ensure inclusive prosperity in wake of COVID-19

Trade policy can ensure inclusive prosperity in wake of COVID-19

21 Jul 2020  News
Trade-restrictive measures imposed by G20 governments have reached historically high levels, a trend that has only increased with the pandemic. Worldwide, supply ch...
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COMESA develops Covid-19 Online Portal to spur e-trade

COMESA develops Covid-19 Online Portal to spur e-trade

21 Jul 2020  News
COMESA has developed an online portal to be used by Member States to exchange information on availability of essential products within the region. This is in response to a directiv...
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SADC Ministers of Finance and Investment and Peer Review Panel discuss financial mechanisms critical for the prosperity of the region

SADC Ministers of Finance and Investment and Peer Review Panel discuss financial mechanisms critical for the prosperity of the region

21 Jul 2020  News
The Ministers of Finance and Investment and Peer Review Panel of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) met virtually on 15June 2020, where they discussed progress made ...
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World off track in meeting 2030 Agenda, UN deputy chief warns, calls for solidarity in COVID-19 recovery

World off track in meeting 2030 Agenda, UN deputy chief warns, calls for solidarity in COVID-19 recovery

21 Jul 2020  News
The world was off track in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, even before the COVID-19 crisis erupted, but can get back on course by increasing investment ...
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