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tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-06-14)
Tanzania’s President Magufuli will assume the chairmanship of SADC in mid-August. Important dates to note: Fourth SADC Industrialization Week (22-26 July, Dar es Salaam); SADC Council of Ministers and Permanent Secretaries (9-16 August); 39th...


“To integrate Africa, bring down the walls,” Adesina urges at 2019 African Development Bank Annual Meetings open in Malabo  (2019-06-13)
African leaders on Wednesday underscored the urgent need to fast-track the continent’s regional integration process in order to accelerate Africa’s economic transformation. The call was made at the opening ceremony of the Bank’s 2019 Annual...


Foreign direct investment to Africa defies global slump, rises 11% – UN Report  (2019-06-13)
Continent-wide trade agreement bodes well for future investment in Africa and burgeoning SEZs further buttress prospects. Africa escaped the global decline in foreign direct investment (FDI) as flows to the continent rose to US$46 billion in 2018,...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-06-13)
Today is Budget Day across East Africa. Selected country previews: Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania African trade policy events to diarise: 25th African Organisation for Standardisation General Assembly 2019 (17-21 June, Nairobi) Zimbabwe’s...


Central Africa could be the continent’s rising star, thanks to the African Continental Free Trade Area  (2019-06-12)
Central Africa stands to benefit the most from the AfCFTA, data from the African Development Bank shows. Hanan Morsy, Director of Research at the Bank, revealed the findings at the launch of one of the Bank’s flagship reports in Malabo, where the...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-06-12)
The highlight of the opening day of the AfDB’s Annual Meetings, yesterday in Malabo, was the release of one of its flagship reports, the African Economic Outlook. An easy guide to some of its core messages: African Economic Outlook 2019. New...


Ministers of trade deliberate on the operationalization of AfCFTA ahead of Niamey Summit  (2019-06-11)
Africa has made commendable progress in securing deposits of instruments of ratification on the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The Agreement officially entered into force on the 30th of May 2019 with...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-06-11)
The AfDB’s 2019 Annual Meetings opened today in Malabo on the theme Regional Integration for Africa’s Economic Prosperity. AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina said the bank had invested around $1bn through various initiatives, including cross border...


Huawei: Trade War is escalating into a Tech War
The inter-connected nature (and vulnerability) of the global trading system was dramatically demonstrated with the announcement on 15 May 2019 by the US Commerce Department that companies would need permission (in the form of a special licence) to...


Africa in the Digital Economy: Update  (2019-06-11)
The digital economy is now the economy. This refers to the permeation of digital technologies into practically all spheres of business, finance, trade, education and government. While Africa initially lagged behind the developing world in adopting...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-06-10)
A selection of African trade and development events to diarise: The 2019-2020 Mauritius Budget will be presented to the National Assembly today. Official documents will be made available to download here. Supporting Angola’s trade...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-06-07)
Selected resources, previews of this weekend’s G20 Trade Ministerial in Japan: The IMF’s G20 Surveillance Note, other IMF G20 resources; Asia Times: G20 finance ministers land for showdown in Fukuoka; Bloomberg: Here’s what to watch at the G20...


South African government steps up the pace of African trade integration  (2019-06-06)
In a step to boost the newly-approved African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), South Africa will be participating in a meeting of African Ministers of Trade in Ethiopia. The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Fikile Slovo Majola...


Conclusion of the Bilateral Tariff Negotiations between SACU and the EAC  (2019-06-07)
Press release The COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA), which was launched on 10th June 2015, aims to establish a single market for 27 African countries with a combined population of about 700 million people (57% of Africa’s...


tralac's Daily News Selection  (2019-06-06)
Nigeria’s UN Permanent Representative, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, was elected on Tuesday to head the UNGA's 74th Session, starting in September: UN SG António Guterres noted some of the “many important and admirable qualifications” he brings to the...


Advancing the intra-African Trade Agenda by implementing the Tripartite FTA  (2019-06-06)
The launch of the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) in June 2015 carried the signs of a new approach towards intra-African trade and integration. It was subsequently followed in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)...


tralac's Daily News Selection  (2019-06-04)
Paul Brenton, Ian Gillson, Pierre Sauvé:  Economic diversification - why trade matters (Trade for Development News) Services trade policies can spur diversification through the expansion of services exports. They can also promote the...


AfCFTA one year later: The road travelled and the road towards the launch of the Operational Phase  (2019-06-03)
In this commemorative article, the African Union Commissioner for Trade and Industry outlines what has been achieved since the AfCFTA Agreement was opened for signature on 21st March, 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda and what is expected as the African Union...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-06-03)
Diarise: The Tripartite Sectoral Ministerial Committee (6 June, Addis Ababa) African Ministers of Trade (AMOT) meeting (7-8 June, Addis Ababa) Underway in Kigali: African trade unions to discuss improved migration governance...


tralac's Daily News Selection  (2019-05-28)
The AU, CoDA multi-stakeholder dialogue on implementing the AfCFTA concludes today in Addis Ababa. For insights on debates: @AUTradeIndustry,  #coda4afcfta,  #auccoda (i)  Perspectives quoted in a New Times article from the...




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