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tralac’s Daily News selection  (2020-04-03)
USTR’s 2020 National Trade Estimate: extracts on commentary for South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria The Office of the United States Trade Representative has issued the 2020 National Trade Estimate Report, an annual report detailing foreign trade...


tralac’s Daily News selection  (2020-04-02)
Trade events to diarise: East Africa has been impacted by COVID-19. Cross border trade has especially declined. To discuss mitigation and trade strategies, TradeMark East Africa has assembled an illustrious panel for a conversation on Monday,...


Resources on COVID-19  (2020-04-01)
tralac is monitoring trade-related policy responses to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). For all of us, both now and post-COVID-19, a fundamental recalibration of purpose, values, community and the nature of collective action is required. COVID-19 is a...


tralac’s Daily News selection  (2020-04-01)
South Africa: February 2020 trade surplus of R14.15bn (SARS) The South African Revenue Service has released trade statistics for February 2020 which record a trade surplus of R14.15bn. The year-to-date (1 Jan - 29 Feb) trade surplus of R11.43bn is...


UN calls for $2.5 trillion coronavirus crisis package for developing countries  (2020-03-31)
The consequences of a combined health pandemic and a global recession will be catastrophic for many developing countries and halt their progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. With two-thirds of the world’s population living in...


Drivers for boosting intra-African investment flows towards Africa’s transformation  (2020-03-31)
Africa is experiencing interesting times in an ever-changing and challenging global investment landscape. Global investment flows increased rapidly, from approximately $200 billion at the beginning of the 1990s to $1.43 trillion in 2017. The...


Coronavirus, food supply and demand constraints: panic-buying and logistics
As South Africa’s President announced various social distancing measures as part of a Covid-19 State of Emergency to curb the spread of the virus, numerous concerns about access to imports led people flocking to retailers to panic-buy and stock-up...


Communiqué of the Bureau of the Assembly of the AU Heads of State and Government Teleconference on COVID-19  (2020-03-30)
His Excellency President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Arica, in his capacity as Chairperson of the African Union, convened a teleconference of the Bureau of the African Union Heads of State and Government, ahead of...


tralac’s Daily News selection  (2020-03-27)
tralac’s Trudi Hartzenberg: South Africa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic We’ve already seen that global cooperation and support are absolutely essential at this time. It is not only developing and least-developed countries that need assistance...


Three things the G20 must do to support Africa in COVID-19 Pandemic  (2020-03-26)
This is a global crisis affecting the whole world. Africa, however, will be hit harder with a heavy and durable economic toll, which will threaten progress and prospects, widen inequalities between and within countries, and worsen current...


Extraordinary G20 Leaders’ Summit Statement on COVID-19  (2020-03-26)
G20 leaders made a statement on COVID-19 after a virtual summit on 26 March 2020 The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic is a powerful reminder of our interconnectedness and vulnerabilities. The virus respects no borders. Combatting this pandemic...


Substantive issues the AfCFTA Investment Protocol should address
The envisaged Protocol on Investment in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) would be about intra-Africa investment. At this stage the bulk of foreign direct investment (FDI) into African countries comes from sources outside Africa...


AfCFTA: Trade and tariff coverage of countries which have ratified the Agreement
54 African countries have signed the Agreement Establishing the AfCFTA, of which 29 have deposited their instruments of ratification. Of these 29, updated trade data for 2018 is available 18 countries. Although some countries have already submitted...


Media Briefing on COVID-19 – Remarks by Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Ebrahim Patel  (2020-03-26)
Government’s intervention measures on Coronavirus Remarks delivered on 24 March 2020 The address by the President last night recognised that saving lives must be the priority and we need to draw on all our resources in the economy and within...


South Africa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic
tralac is monitoring trade-related policy responses to COVID-19 From midnight on Thursday, 26 March 2020, South Africa is in lockdown for 21 days. This announcement was made by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his second address to the nation on...


tralac’s Daily News selection  (2020-03-25)
Tomorrow: G20 leaders will convene by video conference to discuss coronavirus Leaders from the Group of 20 major economies will convene a video conference on Thursday to discuss the coronavirus epidemic, the Saudi secretariat said, amid criticism...


Trade in services negotiations under the AfCFTA: Q&A  (2020-03-25)
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, the Protocol is incomplete, and it will be some time before any...


World Bank Group increases COVID-19 response to $14 billion to help sustain economies, protect jobs  (2020-03-24)
Focus on private sector and workers spearheaded by IFC to mitigate financial and economic impact of crisis The World Bank and IFC’s Boards of Directors on 17 March 2020 approved an increased $14 billion package of fast-track financing to assist...


tralac’s Daily News selection  (2020-03-24)
Implementation of AfCFTA faces delay due to COVID-19 (Ghanaweb) Approval of phase one operational instruments required for the start of duty free trading within the Africa Continental Free Trade Area in July this year hangs in a balance following...


tralac’s Daily News selection  (2020-03-23)
African finance ministers call for coordinated COVID-19 response to mitigate adverse impact on economies and society (UNECA) African finance ministers met on 19 March in a virtual conference to exchange ideas on the efforts of their respective...




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