COVID-19 Response: News, analysis and resources

COVID-19 Response: News, analysis and resources

14 Aug 2020

tralac is closely monitoring trade-related policy measures and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic adopted and implemented by African countries and beyond. Below is a selection of useful resources, analyses, news items and publications particularly relevant for trade and related developments on the African continent. This webpage is updated regularly to facilitate information-sharing and dissemination.

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Last updated: 14 August - 12:00 South Africa Time

COVID-19 Trade and trade-related measures


African countries have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic through the adoption of various trade and trade-related measures in an effort to contain the economic impact of the crisis. To monitor the situation and encourage the sharing of information, tralac has prepared a list of these measures, which is updated regularly from official sources.

To date, tralac’s country policy tracker covers COVID-19 trade and related measures for 39 African countries. In addition, tralac has a regional policy monitor covering the regional economic communities (RECs) and the African Union.

COVID 19 Country Policy Tracker   COVID 19 Response Regional Policy Monitor

Recently-added resources

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Policy monitoring tools

For information and resources relevant to Africa on the pandemic:

Additional online tools monitoring policy responses to COVID-19:

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Global monitoring by the WTO

The WTO Secretariat is monitoring member countries’ notifications on COVID-19. The list is an informal situation report and an attempt to provide transparency with respect to trade and trade-related measures taken in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. As of 6 August 2020, WTO members had submitted a total of 222 notifications related to COVID-19.

Information Notes from the WTO Secretariat

Members’ proposals on COVID-19

In the news


Assessing Africa’s policies and institutions: Safeguarding human capital during and beyond COVID-19 - 14 Aug 2020

WTO issues new report on how COVID-19 crisis may push up trade costs - 14 Aug 2020

ECA report urges African countries to harmonize trade and transport regulations in the fight against COVID-19 - 12 Aug 2020

SADC, EU and Germany step-up cooperation towards regional response to COVID-19 - 10 Aug 2020

All set for SADC annual summit amid COVID-19 concerns - 10 Aug 2020

Rwanda harnesses technology to fight COVID-19, drive recovery - 6 Aug 2020

Nations to meet in Barbados to chart new path for post-coronavirus economic recovery - 05 Aug 20

COMESA COVID-19 Food Security and Nutrition Plan adopted - 5 Aug 2020

WTO report draws attention to impact of COVID-19 trade disruptions on women - 5 Aug 2020

South Africa looks toward inclusive recovery to stabilise debt, boost growth - 4 Aug 2020

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On the tralac Blog


COVID-19 and the gender-related economic consequences for Africa

Gavin van der Nest - 30 Jul 2020

Testing Covid-19 regulations – the threshold looks low

Dawid van Wyk - 28 Jul 2020

The costs of driving smoking underground

David Christianson - 24 Jul 2020

Strict lockdown regulations – medical and electronic equipment flown in and cross-border road traffic reduced by two-thirds

Willemien Viljoen - 14 Jul 2020

South Africa’s trade data update – the May 2020 data reveals the effect of eased lockdown restrictions

Willemien Viljoen - 14 Jul 2020

Climate Change in times of COVID-19

Gavin van der Nest - 13 Jul 2020

COVID-19 to curtail FDI flows to Africa in 2020: How to mitigate the effects in the long-term?

Talkmore Chidede - 02 Jul 2020

Youth and post-COVID-19 recovery strategies in Africa and beyond

Trudi Hartzenberg, Talkmore Chidede - 01 Jul 2020

Use of Electronic Certificates of Origin now and beyond COVID-19 in intra-African Trade

Rwatida Mafurutu - 29 Jun 2020

Digitalise transport and trade procedures to ease the supply of essential goods during COVID-19 and beyond

Trudi Hartzenberg, Talkmore Chidede - 29 Jun 2020

How Should the Covid-19 Pandemic Inform Economic and Trade Policy?

John Stuart - 29 Jun 2020

South Africa’s April 2020 trade statistics – reduced exports lead to a significant trade deficit

Willemien Viljoen - 16 Jun 2020

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tralac Publications


Completing and Implementing the AfCFTA in difficult times

Gerhard Erasmus and Trudi Hartzenberg - 29 Jul 2020

COVID-19: Trade and related measures and responses in Africa

Rwatida Mafurutu and Talkmore Chidede - 25 May 2020

IMF Emergency Funding in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic

Gavin van der Nest - 14 May 2020

Governance in abnormal times – dealing with COVID-19: A regional perspective from South Africa

Gerhard Erasmus and Trudi Hartzenberg - 13 May 2020

COVID-19 and the legal Measures employed to deal with the Crisis

Gerhard Erasmus - 06 Apr 2020

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COVID-19 in Africa: Trade-related resources


Additional resources


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