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Trade Governance Capacity for Implementing Safeguards

Trade Governance Capacity for Implementing Safeguards

01 Jul 22  Blog
The domestic capacity of African States to implement their trade and economic integration agreements effectively and as rules-based arrangements is vital. The most obvious areas wh...
tralac Short Course: Reading and Interpreting International Trade Agreements - June 2022

tralac Short Course: Reading and Interpreting International Trade Agreements - June 2022

10 Jun 22  Event
Case study of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) – including the Protocol on Women and Youth in Trade Trade agreements are treaties of a specific kind; they r...
Thinking about Trade Governance as Good Governance

Thinking about Trade Governance as Good Governance

24 May 22  Blog
During a recent tralac workshop, we included a practical session on remedies for private parties when they encounter customs and border administration problems and when government ...
Will Trade Remedies be used as part of Trade Governance under the AfCFTA?

Will Trade Remedies be used as part of Trade Governance under the AfCFTA?

21 Feb 22  Publications
Very few African States are active users of trade remedies and safeguards as part of their trade governance and trade policy implementation. Only four African countries – Egypt, ...
The AfCFTA Trade Remedy Regime can enhance rules-based Trade Governance

The AfCFTA Trade Remedy Regime can enhance rules-based Trade Governance

21 Feb 22  Publications
Since only a small number of African States are active users of trade remedies and safeguards, the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement’s ...
Trade Remedies in the African Trade Governance Context

Trade Remedies in the African Trade Governance Context

23 Nov 21  Blog
Trade remedies and safeguards are used by governments to deal with unfair trade practices and unforeseen consequences when trade in goods is liberalised. However, they must comply ...
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...

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