Tag: Trade governance

The AfCFTA Secretariat: Is the Action now in Accra?

The AfCFTA Secretariat: Is the Action now in Accra?

10 Feb 21  Blog
The Assembly of the African Union (AU) met virtually in Johannesburg on 5 December 2020 and adopted several important decisions about interim trade arrangements, the completion of ...
Brexit Deal concluded: Main Implications, Architecture, and Institutions

Brexit Deal concluded: Main Implications, Architecture, and Institutions

04 Jan 21  Blog
On 23 June 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) voted to leave the European Union (EU). The parties then started negotiations on a Withdrawal Agreement,[1] followed by a new trade deal. B...
Will the AfCFTA tackle Non-Tariff Barriers as a Governance Issue?

Will the AfCFTA tackle Non-Tariff Barriers as a Governance Issue?

11 Dec 20  Publications
When one speaks to the private sector operators (freight forwarders in particular) involved in the business of clearing goods for export to African states, their biggest complaints...
tralac Daily News

tralac Daily News

17 Nov 20  News
National SA Investment Conference gets underway (SAnews) The first leg of the two-day South Africa Investment Conference will get underway this afternoon at the Sandton Conventio...
Continental and Regional Trade Regimes Need Proper Management to Succeed

Continental and Regional Trade Regimes Need Proper Management to Succeed

20 Oct 20  News
There is need for proper management of the interface between the continental and the regional free trade regimes to generate a range of win-win outcomes for various stakeholders in...
Industrial development – the importance of services, regulation and good governance

Industrial development – the importance of services, regulation and good governance

06 Sep 20  Blog
Services, appropriate regulation and good governance are critical in industrial, and broader economic development. Services play a very significant role in Africa’s economic deve...
Governance under the AfCFTA: Linkages between Implementation and Gains

Governance under the AfCFTA: Linkages between Implementation and Gains

24 Aug 20  Publications
There have been several studies about the extensive economic gains that will be generated by the AfCFTA, despite the fact that essential aspects (the extent and tempo of the tariff...
The AfCFTA’s Institutions are vital for effective Implementation

The AfCFTA’s Institutions are vital for effective Implementation

28 Jul 20  Blog
When all the outstanding negotiations are complete, implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) obligations will be the responsibility of individual Sta...
tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

27 Jul 20  News
Diarise: South Africa’s June 2020 merchandise trade statistics will be released on Friday. ABSA forecasts a merchandise trade surplus “due to a combination of weak domestic dem...
AUC, Afreximbank, Afrochampions and UNECA Joint Communiqué on the Need for A Holistic and Coordinated Trade and Investment Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

AUC, Afreximbank, Afrochampions and UNECA Joint Communiqué on the Need for A Holistic and Coordinated Trade and Investment Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

18 Apr 20  News
The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis that is both unprecedented and with many ramifications. The Pandemic poses significant health and social risks to the entire globe. In...
Africa’s Response to COVID-19: Key Messages for IMF and WBG Meetings

Africa’s Response to COVID-19: Key Messages for IMF and WBG Meetings

14 Apr 20  News
COVID-19 is a global crisis affecting the whole world. As the days go by the impact of the crisis becomes more visible and more general. Though hit later, Africa is already facin...
Domestic Courts and Customs Governance: Time for urgent Reform?

Domestic Courts and Customs Governance: Time for urgent Reform?

19 Jan 20  Publications
Mis-invoicing in trade is a massive problem in South Africa, and elsewhere in Africa. Trade mis-invoicing occurs when companies or individuals falsify the prices of goods on import...
tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

06 Nov 19  News
Trade and trade diversion effects of US tariffs on China (UNCTAD)  Tariffs imposed by the US on China are economically hurting both countries, UNCTAD warned in a paper relea...
tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

18 Oct 19  News
WBG/IMF Annual Meetings: selected updates The Broadband for All Working Group: Achieving broadband access for all in Africa comes with a $100bn price tag Intergovernmenta...
tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

26 Sep 19  News
David Luke, Phil Rourke: Canada, Africa and the inclusive trade agenda  (Canadian Foreign Policy Journal) Canada's inclusive trade agenda has been put forward as part of the ...
Implementing Trade Agreements: The Role of National Institutions and Administrative Law

Implementing Trade Agreements: The Role of National Institutions and Administrative Law

13 Sep 19  Blog
Trade and regional integration agreements must be implemented by the State Parties in order to make a difference. Who performs this function and what is the legal basis for the dom...
The Bretton Woods System at 75

The Bretton Woods System at 75

13 Sep 19  Blog
Seventy five years ago, in July 1944, while World War II was still raging, delegates from all 44 Allied nations gathered in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, in the United States, for ...
The Institutions of the African Continental Free Trade Area

The Institutions of the African Continental Free Trade Area

13 Sep 19  Blog
Free Trade Areas (FTAs) need institutions to oversee, promote and monitor the implementation of obligations by the State Parties. The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCF...
South Africa withdraws its Signature from the Decision to abolish the SADC Tribunal

South Africa withdraws its Signature from the Decision to abolish the SADC Tribunal

13 Sep 19  Blog
Changes to institutional arrangements can happen in unexpected ways and as a result of governments’ new policies. The correct procedure is to follow the formal procedures for ado...
What is happening to the WTO?

What is happening to the WTO?

13 Sep 19  Blog
Freedom of trade and equal market access were central to the plans for reconstructing the post World War II international order. International peace had to be secured through, amon...