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Tag: Trade regulation

An Opportunity for South Africa to pursue new regional Policies?

An Opportunity for South Africa to pursue new regional Policies?

19 Jan 18  Blog
South Africa is in the midst of a political battle. At the end of 2017 the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), elected Cyril Ramaphosa as its new leader, after a hot...
tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

18 Jan 18  News
AU Summit (22-29 January): Winning the fight against corruption – a sustainable path to Africa’s transformation Profiled AU summit commentaries, news reports: Paul Kagame: Unl...
Africa’s first digital free trade area for rollout in 2018

Africa’s first digital free trade area for rollout in 2018

08 Jan 18  News
Businesses within the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) could save up to $450 million in clearance documentation once the bloc adopts blockchain technology for...
tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

15 Dec 17  News
Featured infographic, @TradeNewsCentre: Which 70 members have formed e-commerce group at WTO? Related: Too early to regulate e-commerce: Jack Ma Project Syndicate commentary by UN...
2017 in trade – green shoots in Africa?

2017 in trade – green shoots in Africa?

15 Dec 17  Blog
While globally protectionist sentiment and economic nationalism continue to rattle the multilateral trading system, here on the continent, even amongst serious political upheavals,...
The Appellate Body Crisis

The Appellate Body Crisis

15 Dec 17  Blog
The dispute settlement mechanism of the WTO has been a major innovation in international dispute settlement. It is often referred to as the jewel in the crown of the WTO system. It...
At MC11, new research shows convergence on rules of origin is happening

At MC11, new research shows convergence on rules of origin is happening

15 Dec 17  News
A new study presented at the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) 11th Ministerial says countries’ rules for determining a product’s origin are increasingly similar, which is goo...
WTO Ministerial: In landmark move, country coalitions set plans to advance on new issues

WTO Ministerial: In landmark move, country coalitions set plans to advance on new issues

14 Dec 17  News
The WTO’s Eleventh Ministerial Conference has drawn to a close, capping a busy week of talks which saw members only able to endorse limited substantive outcomes at the multilater...
Kenya’s trade in agricultural exports hampered by pesticide residue

Kenya’s trade in agricultural exports hampered by pesticide residue

14 Dec 17  News
Kenya’s trade in agricultural exports is greatly hampered by perceived high pesticide residue in crops destined for key markets. Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Ami...
Fisheries subsidies at the Eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference – Deal or no deal?

Fisheries subsidies at the Eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference – Deal or no deal?

13 Dec 17  News
On Monday at the Eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference, the UNCTAD event on ‘Trade, Fisheries Subsidies and SDG14’ provided a platform for discussion to give a deeper understandi...
ACP Council takes key positions taken on trade, migration, ACP-EU relations

ACP Council takes key positions taken on trade, migration, ACP-EU relations

11 Dec 17  News
Decision-makers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States approved key policy and administrative actions for the organisation, while also taking a stand on major issues...
Southern Africa International Arbitration Conference – 15-16 November 2017

Southern Africa International Arbitration Conference – 15-16 November 2017

07 Dec 17  Event
Talkmore Chidede, tralac researcher, participated at the 2nd Annual Southern Africa International Arbitration Conference (SAIAC 2017) held on November 15th and 16th in Johannesburg...
From the TDCA to the SADC-EU EPA – the significant changes

From the TDCA to the SADC-EU EPA – the significant changes

06 Dec 17  Blog
The Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement (TDCA) has been governing the trading relationship between South Africa and the European Union since it entered into force (provisi...
Safeguard measures in the SADC-EU Economic Partnership Agreement

Safeguard measures in the SADC-EU Economic Partnership Agreement

06 Dec 17  Blog
Safeguard measures are a temporary restriction, of fairly traded products, to protect a specific domestic industry from a sudden increase in imports which causes serious injury to ...
Region in joint efforts to develop cross-border trade

Region in joint efforts to develop cross-border trade

29 Nov 17  News
Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo officials have committed to work together in addressing challenges hindering cross-border trade in the region...
United States anti-dumping duties on steel rods from South Africa

United States anti-dumping duties on steel rods from South Africa

23 Nov 17  Discussion
On 25 October 2017 the United States (US) Department of Commerce announced the commencement of preliminary anti-dumping duties on imports of carbon and alloy steel wire rod from se...
Azevêdo signals ‘cautious optimism’ over trade prospects in annual trade monitoring report

Azevêdo signals ‘cautious optimism’ over trade prospects in annual trade monitoring report

17 Nov 17  News
WTO members show restraint in trade restrictions despite ongoing economic uncertainties WTO members introduced fewer trade-restrictive measures from mid-October 2016 to mid-Octobe...
The COMESA Court of Justice clarifies important Jurisdictional Issues

The COMESA Court of Justice clarifies important Jurisdictional Issues

16 Nov 17  Discussion
Africa’s trade and integration endeavours are anchored in international legal instruments. This suggests that certain practical benefits should follow: Legal certainty about comp...
Zimbabwe re-brands Statutory Instrument (SI) 64

Zimbabwe re-brands Statutory Instrument (SI) 64

16 Nov 17  Discussion
In the year 2016, Zimbabwe gazetted Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016 (SI 64). The SI 64 required traders to obtain an import licence from the Ministry of Industry and Commerce befor...
G20 countries show restraint in new trade restrictions, despite economic uncertainties

G20 countries show restraint in new trade restrictions, despite economic uncertainties

10 Nov 17  News
The WTO’s eighteenth monitoring report on Group of 20 (G20) trade measures, issued on 9 November 2017, shows that G20 economies introduced fewer trade-restrictive measures compar...

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