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Tag: Trade governance

The AfCFTA Dispute Settlement Mechanism as part of a continental Trade Regime

The AfCFTA Dispute Settlement Mechanism as part of a continental Trade Regime

05 Oct 21  Blog
Article 20 of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Founding Agreement provides for a Dispute Settlement Mechanism as part of the overall AfCFTA design. It reads: A...
The Institutions of the Dispute Settlement Mechanism of the AfCFTA

The Institutions of the Dispute Settlement Mechanism of the AfCFTA

05 Oct 21  Blog
The implementation of the Dispute Settlement Mechanism of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is governed by a dedicated Protocol, the Protocol on Rules and Procedures...
The Framework for the Implementation of the AfCFTA

The Framework for the Implementation of the AfCFTA

30 Jul 21  Publications
International trade is about commerce across the borders of sovereign States, which have jurisdiction over their own territory. Trade happens primarily through private initiative a...
Resilience in African Economies: What Governments could do and the AfCFTA could contribute

Resilience in African Economies: What Governments could do and the AfCFTA could contribute

20 Jul 21  Publications
Afreximbank recently published a paper in the Bank’s Policy Journal under the title of Building a Better Future of Work for Resilience and Growth in Post-COVID-19 Africa. It make...
Trade Facilitation and institutional arrangements under the African Continental Free Trade Agreement

Trade Facilitation and institutional arrangements under the African Continental Free Trade Agreement

03 Jul 21  Blog
Various technical committees are established by the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), to assist with the implementation of its Protocols and the respective Annexes...
REC Integration Approaches and their Implications

REC Integration Approaches and their Implications

03 Jun 21  Blog
The traditional approach to economic integration in Africa has become increasingly complex. It lacks focus and feasibility. It might be time to take a hard look at the evidence and...
Import Restrictions: Namibian Court clarifies Rights of Private Parties

Import Restrictions: Namibian Court clarifies Rights of Private Parties

28 Mar 21  Publications
State Parties’ trade-related rights and obligations are derived from international agreements. Governments’ implementation of trade agreements involves domestic measures taken ...
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...

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