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Tag: Trade in services

How countries can expand access to digital financial services

How countries can expand access to digital financial services

04 May 20  News
A new World Bank report provides valuable insights for policymakers and for financial sector players seeking to expedite financial inclusion and development of digital financial se...
The South African Post Office (SAPO) versus PostNet – a setback for e-commerce in South Africa

The South African Post Office (SAPO) versus PostNet – a setback for e-commerce in South Africa

16 Apr 20  Publications
The Independent Communication Authority of South Africa’s Complaints and Compliance Committee (CCC) found on 26 September 2019 that retail and courier service provider, PostNet S...
tralac’s Daily News selection

tralac’s Daily News selection

14 Apr 20  News
EAC Heads of State will convene an extraordinary virtual summit, tomorrow, to discuss the coronavirus pandemic EAC Secretariat urges partner states to prepare post COVID-19 recove...
Recovery from the Economic Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Africa: What Role for Trade?

Recovery from the Economic Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Africa: What Role for Trade?

07 Apr 20  Blog
The economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on African countries will be known only after the situation is brought under control. There will be immediate shocks to livelihoods, a...
Protecting the vulnerable and excluded in the financial sector

Protecting the vulnerable and excluded in the financial sector

06 Apr 20  Blog
As the global health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, it brings with it a global economic crisis. With economies only now beginning to properly recover from the glob...
Cooperation on financial services regulation under the AfCFTA

Cooperation on financial services regulation under the AfCFTA

26 Mar 20  Blog
As part of the negotiations on services under the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement, parties will negotiate regulatory cooperation frameworks in priority sectors. What...
Trade in services negotiations under the AfCFTA: Q&A

Trade in services negotiations under the AfCFTA: Q&A

25 Mar 20  Publications
The Services Protocol to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement entered into force on 30 May 2019, along with the other parts of the consolidated text. However,...
ICTs Services Development and Trade: How Africa Can Benefit (2020 Update)

ICTs Services Development and Trade: How Africa Can Benefit (2020 Update)

26 Feb 20  Publications
The pace of development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) has been unlike any industry development hitherto experienced. The nature of the industry is such that ...
tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

06 Feb 20  News
Financial Times editorial comment: West Africa needs to be prudent after CFA franc JETRO’s 2019 survey on business conditions of Japanese-affiliated firms in Africa Following T...
South African Mining and the African Continental Free Trade Agreement: South Africa’s exports of Mining Equipment, Technology and Services

South African Mining and the African Continental Free Trade Agreement: South Africa’s exports of Mining Equipment, Technology and Services

18 Jan 20  Publications
The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) was signed by 44 AU member states in 2018 and came into force in May 2019 after being ratified by 22 member states – the req...
An update on the African Continental Free Trade Area and Southern African Development Community Protocols on Trade in Services

An update on the African Continental Free Trade Area and Southern African Development Community Protocols on Trade in Services

15 Jan 20  Publications
The services sector is key to economic development because it contributes a significant share of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), employment and trade in a country’s economy, regard...
tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

12 Dec 19  News
All Africans travelling to Nigeria can get visa on arrival from 2019 (Premium Times) Other Africans travelling to Nigeria will from January 2020 be able to get their visas at the ...
Services Are the New Economy

Services Are the New Economy

26 Oct 19  Blog
As the digitalisation of the global economy progresses, the value size of the services economy relative to the ‘real’ economy is steadily rising. Before computers and the inter...
Creating a Single African Market on Trade in Services: Negotiating the Schedules of Specific Commitments under the Protocol on Trade in Services

Creating a Single African Market on Trade in Services: Negotiating the Schedules of Specific Commitments under the Protocol on Trade in Services

26 Oct 19  Blog
Introduction The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is an economic game-changer for Africa. A major aim of this ambitious effort is the expansion of intra-African trade ...
AfCFTA Trade in Services – A general guide and issues for negotiations on Mutual Recognition Agreements

AfCFTA Trade in Services – A general guide and issues for negotiations on Mutual Recognition Agreements

26 Oct 19  Blog
Business services sector, which include professional services, has been prioritised under the ongoing negotiations on schedules of specific commitments in the context of the Africa...
The AfCFTA Approach to Mutual Recognition

The AfCFTA Approach to Mutual Recognition

26 Oct 19  Blog
For the liberalization of trade service to materialize to the extent that service suppliers can reap the associated benefits in the sectors recognized under the AfCFTA, there shoul...
Cooperation on financial regulation under the AfCFTA: Where should member-states focus their efforts?

Cooperation on financial regulation under the AfCFTA: Where should member-states focus their efforts?

26 Oct 19  Blog
The Modalities and Guidelines adopted for services sector negotiations under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) are unlikely to lead to significant increases in finan...
What is the AfCFTA Approach to the Regulation of Trade in Services?

What is the AfCFTA Approach to the Regulation of Trade in Services?

26 Oct 19  Blog
The AfCFTA Protocol on Trade in Services is a first endeavour to liberalize intra-African trade in services. For several States the task at hand is a novel one.  It involves d...
Financial sector trade

Financial sector trade

24 Oct 19  Infographics
Regulatory heterogeneity is a major barrier to cross-border expansion across all modes of delivery for financial services businesses. Even when regulatory regimes are open to forei...
tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

17 Sep 19  News
Underway, in Moscow: VI BRICS International Competition Conference Diarise: The JSE SA Trade Connect (22-23 October, Johannesburg) AfCFTA updates from Cape Town, Nairobi, Kinsha...

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