Themes

Trade law and regulation

Trade law and regulation

The development of rules-based governance for regional trade and integration in Africa has become an important focus area for tralac. Trade agreements, accompanied by the necessary disciplines and institutions to ensure effective implementation, need to engender predictability and a degree of transparency so that the economic gains underpinning free trade and integration efforts are equitably distributed. tralac’s work in this area includes the role of competition policy, investment policy, and regulatory regimes in hindering or promoting regional trade, and examining ways in which regulatory and non-tariff barriers to trade could be more effectively managed by governments and regional organisations. Dispute settlement mechanisms and use of trade remedies are also considered.

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