Themes

tralac engages in applied trade law and policy analysis with the aim of addressing the most pressing trade matters for countries across eastern and southern Africa. tralac’s work covers a range of issues pertaining to the region’s trade and integration agenda; these are contained in the themes listed below.
Examining Africa’s regional integration agenda and efforts to boost intra-African trade, particularly in the context of the AfCFTA, TFTA and the RECs
Examining Africa’s trade in agriculture and commodities and the emerging challenges and opportunities resulting from changes in global prices, supply and demand
Examining Africa’s intra-regional and international trading relationships through trade data analysis, visualisation and statistical modelling
Examining how trade, investment and development finance could be leveraged to promote the sustainable development of developing countries and LDCs
Examining how multilateral trade negotiations, global trade policy, and trade relations with international partners can work for African and developing countries
Exploring the increasingly important role of trade in services, logistics and trade facilitation measures in regional and international trade
Examining the implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the growing importance of technology, innovation and IP in trade
Exploring the impact of climate change on trade and economies and how to support climate action and the sustainable use of the environment and natural resources
Examining the role of competition policy, investment, regulatory regimes, dispute settlement procedures and NTBs in hindering or promoting intra-regional trade