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tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

27 Jun 19  News
The African Group at the WTO has circulated a statement on the Appellate Body impasse: An extract: “In the last year, we note with alarming concern the systemic risks facing the...
Appellate Body impasse: Communication from the African Group to the WTO General Council

Appellate Body impasse: Communication from the African Group to the WTO General Council

27 Jun 19  News
1. Context The dispute settlement system is recognized in Article 3.2 of the Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes (DSU) as a central element ...
tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

21 May 19  News
Nigeria’s funding of the AU:  FEC approves implementation of new import levy (Daily Post) The Federal Executive Council, yesterday, approved the rate of 0.2% as the new imp...
DG Azevêdo at India’s ministerial meeting of developing and least developed countries: ‘Make your voices heard’ on reform issues

DG Azevêdo at India’s ministerial meeting of developing and least developed countries: ‘Make your voices heard’ on reform issues

14 May 19  News
Participating in an Informal WTO Ministerial Meeting organised by the Indian government in New Delhi on 13 May, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo outlined the current discussions r...
The AfCFTA as a Strategy and a Design

The AfCFTA as a Strategy and a Design

26 Apr 19  Publications
Regional trade agreements (RTAs) are increasing in number and exist alongside the multilateral dispensation of the World Trade Organisation. They are likely to shape trade and...
tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

04 Mar 19  News
JETRO’s 2018 survey on business conditions of Japanese-affiliated firms in Africa: Chinese companies emerge as top competitors for the first time (JETRO) Regarding cooperation w...
President Ramaphosa’s 2019 State of the Nation Address

President Ramaphosa’s 2019 State of the Nation Address

01 Mar 19  Blog
A State of the Nation Address (SONA) is not like a formal contract, especially not in an election year. It cannot be “enforced”. But the one delivered by President Ramaphosa on...
Good Governance is vital… but is easier said than done once the State has been captured

Good Governance is vital… but is easier said than done once the State has been captured

01 Mar 19  Blog
Those who observe South Africa from afar are often puzzled by the fact that despite all the evidence, not a single person has yet been prosecuted and convicted for a crime associat...
Constitutional Court condemns South Africa’s role in demise of SADC Tribunal

Constitutional Court condemns South Africa’s role in demise of SADC Tribunal

15 Feb 19  Blog
In December 2018, the South African Constitutional Court ruled that the participation of the South African President in the decision to abolish the Southern African Development Com...
Prospects for reforming/strengthening the WTO

Prospects for reforming/strengthening the WTO

14 Feb 19  Blog
Media coverage of the discussions at the recent World Economic Forum in Davos (which combined globalization issues with the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”) sketched a mixed and...
Key decisions of the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union

Key decisions of the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union

12 Feb 19  News
Highlighted decisions adopted in Addis Ababa, January 2019 Decision on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Assembly: Endorsed the recommendations of African Uni...
The AfCFTA Institutions: Could the Secretariat hold the key to Implementation?

The AfCFTA Institutions: Could the Secretariat hold the key to Implementation?

06 Feb 19  Publications
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is a vast and ambitious undertaking. It is designed to be an African Union flagship endeavour. It must be implemented under the app...
tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

30 Jan 19  News
Featured commentary, Célestin Monga (Project Syndicate): Reaping the benefits of African economic integration East Africa’s private sector seeks larger role in resolving EAC ch...
2018 Corruption Perceptions Index: Undemocratic regimes undermine anti-corruption efforts in sub-Saharan Africa

2018 Corruption Perceptions Index: Undemocratic regimes undermine anti-corruption efforts in sub-Saharan Africa

30 Jan 19  News
The 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), released on 29 January 2019 by Transparency International, reveals that the continued failure of most countries to significantly contro...
tralac’s Daily News Selection – a WEF special focus

tralac’s Daily News Selection – a WEF special focus

22 Jan 19  News
The World Economic Forum 2019 began today in Davos: an easy guide Today’s profiled WEF session: Achieving a single market in Africa Africa needs to create 18 million jobs ...
World Bank president: list of reforms African states should be demanding

World Bank president: list of reforms African states should be demanding

22 Jan 19  News
The World Bank will launch the process for selecting the new World Bank President on 7 February. There’s been a great deal of talk about the importance of an open and t...
Brexit after the Prime Minister’s Defeat

Brexit after the Prime Minister’s Defeat

18 Jan 19  Blog
After a devastating defeat for Theresa May, the Brexit clock keeps ticking. On Tuesday 15 January, the House of Commons rejected her Bill on the Withdrawal Agreement with the Europ...
tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

17 Jan 19  News
African Economic Outlook 2019: Africa growth prospects remain steady, industry should lead growth (AfDB) Africa’s general economic performance continues to recover and GDP growt...
Africa trade and technology

Africa trade and technology

15 Jan 19  News
Introduction It is perceived that economic nationalism has slowed the meteoric rise of global trade. Since the Uruguay Round created the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995, tr...
Economic transformation in Africa: key trends in 2019

Economic transformation in Africa: key trends in 2019

15 Jan 19  News
The global economy is slowing down The US-China trade war, global increases in sovereign debt, and weak 2018 stock market performance have all weakened prospects for economic grow...

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