tralac promotes active debate on trade law and policy issues in east and southern Africa and engages in applied trade law and policy analysis with the aim of addressing the most pressing trade matters for countries in the region. In brief, tralac develops trade law and policy intellectual capital: this involves monitoring trade negotiations, interpretation of agreements, contribution to debates and discussions on trade developments. Our research is presented in the following different formats:

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Trade Briefs

Short, non-technical papers dealing with relevant trade law and policy issues, aimed at senior policy makers and non-state actors.

Recent Trade Briefs:

Import Controls in Zimbabwe: Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016 and more 
Brian Mureverwi - 1 Jun 2017

When will FTAs justify optimistic Expectations about African Integration? 
Gerhard Erasmus - 24 May 2017

Amendments to the SADC Protocol on Trade 
Gerhard Erasmus - 18 May 2017

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Working Papers

Detailed analysis of trade issues which contribute to the body of intellectual capital on trade matters for the region, targeted at policy makers, analysts and trade advisors.

Recent Working Papers:

Development of Information and Communication Technology Sector: Policy and Regulatory Frameworks as Enablers of Economic Growth 
Serah Kimani - 24 May 2017

Towards the Continental Free Trade Area – opportunities for South Africa’s Industrial Policy Action Plan priority sectors in the Kenyan market 
Taku Fundira - 18 May 2017

BRIC-Africa trade – is it all about China’s trade with South Africa? 
Margot Sheldon, Willemien Viljoen, Talkmore Chidede, and Ron Sandrey - 18 May 2017

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Collections of papers presenting a detailed analysis of a range of related trade matters, written specifically for the region.

Recent titles:

Monitoring Regional Integration in Southern Africa Yearbook 2015/16
Trudi Hartzenberg and Gerhard Erasmus (Eds) - 3 Jul 2017

WTO: Agricultural Issues for Africa 
Ron Sandrey et al. - 24 Apr 2017

Africa’s trade relations: Old friends, good friends and new friends 
7 Oct 2015

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