COVID-19: Trade-related news, analysis and resources

COVID-19: Trade-related news, analysis and resources

19 Oct 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: 22 October 2020 - 11:00 GMT+2

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.

Information Notes from the WTO Secretariat

Members’ proposals on COVID-19

In the news


COMESA launches Regional Customs Transit Guarantee Scheme mobile app - 14 Sep 2020

DDG Wolff: Trade, global cooperation can best deliver adequate medical supplies - 9 Sep 2020

Unconventional monetary policies necessary to address the impact of COVID-19 - 9 Sep 2020

EAC rolls out Regional Electronic Cargo and Driver Tracking System - 8 Sep 2020

G20 Foreign Ministers to strengthen international cooperation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic - 4 Sep 2020

Make COVID recovery ‘a true turning point’ for people and planet, Guterres urges, calling for concerted action by G20 - 4 Sep 2020

Taxing rights for Africa in the new world and effects of COVID-19 – The role of tax policymakers and tax administrators - 31 Aug 2020

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On the tralac Blog


South Africa’s PPE shortage – what can we learn?

David Christianson - 14 Oct 2020

National and regional perspectives and responses on the impact of COVID-19 on cross-border trade and Customs border management – what are we learning?

Rwatida Mafurutu - 12 Oct 2020

Effects of the COVID-19 Measures on Trade Facilitation in SADC

Innocent Muranganwa - 12 Oct 2020

COVID-19 Control Measures in SADC – Striking a balance between control and Trade Facilitation

Innocent Muranganwa - 12 Oct 2020

South Africa’s July 2020 trade data – exports recover while imports remain below 2019 levels

Willemien Viljoen - 05 Sep 2020

COVID-19: Lessons for industrial development and policy for Africa

Trudi Hartzenberg, Talkmore Chidede - 03 Sep 2020

Regional industrial development in Africa – how can COVID-19 responses contribute?

Talkmore Chidede, Trudi Hartzenberg - 03 Sep 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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