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tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-10-18)
WBG/IMF Annual Meetings: selected updates The Broadband for All Working Group: Achieving broadband access for all in Africa comes with a $100bn price tag Intergovernmental Group of Twenty-Four on International Monetary Affairs and...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-10-16)
African trade policy events to diarise: The first meeting of the AfCFTA Council of Ministers responsible for trade takes place next week in Addis Ababa (24-25 October). It will be preceded by a meeting of senior technical officials (21-23...


How Similar are Africa’s Exporters? Implications for the AfCFTA
Africa is a continent of great diversity, perhaps more so than any other of the continents. It is a continent richly endowed with resources and these endowments have long formed the basis of trade between Africa and the rest of the world. The...


How Similar are Africa’s Trade Regimes? Implications for the AfCFTA
The regional grouping of Africa – both its continental and island states – is a large and diversified bloc of countries. Within this region are multiple regional economic communities (RECs) and their associated preferential and non-preferential...


South Africa’s submission on UNCITRAL ISDS reforms: Comments and implications
Introduction Investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) has in recent years been criticised for its systematic imbalances, as well as inconsistent, flawed and excessive arbitral awards, among others. Many states have, as a result, terminated...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-10-15)
Concluding today, in Lusaka: CII-Exim Bank Regional Conclave on India-Southern Africa Project Partnership A guide to the WB/IMF 2019 Annual Meetings (which concludes on Sunday) Updates, outcomes from last week’s EAC Council of Ministers...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-10-11)
Commonwealth trade ministerial: Reform WTO and resist protectionism Following a meeting in London, ministers from the 53 Commonwealth member countries declared their collective support for free trade in a transparent, inclusive, fair and open...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-10-10)
Africa’s Pulse (World Bank) Sub-Saharan Africa’s economic performance has remained sluggish, hampered by persistent uncertainty in the global economy and the slow pace of reforms to enhance domestic resilience. Regional growth is projected to rise...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-10-09)
A special feature, profiling the annual flagship reports released today by the WTO and the WEF  (i)  World Trade Report 2019: The future of services trade On average, services account for about half of GDP worldwide. For developed...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-10-08)
AfCFTA Ratifications Update, from @AmbMuchanga:  Good news. Mauritius has ratified the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement. We are moving and growing. 27 more ratifications remaining to create One African...


The United Kingdom Supreme Court annuls the suspension of Parliament: What are the implications for Brexit?
Brexit has rewritten many of the rules of the game for British politics and constitutional law. It has just added another chapter of major importance to this saga. On 24 September 2019, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom ruled, in a...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-10-04)
South Africa's former chief trade negotiator Wamkele Mene says South Africa can lead on improving the ease of movement of business people across borders on the continent, through the introduction of a trade visa:  Global trade...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-10-03)
Regional Risks for Doing Business 2019: Sub-Saharan Africa (WEF)  Unlike other regions, the leading risks in 2019 in sub-Saharan Africa did not change from the prior year (pdf): “Unemployment or underemployment”, “failure...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-10-02)
WTO lowers trade forecast as tensions unsettle global economy Escalating trade tensions and a slowing global economy have led WTO economists to sharply downgrade their forecasts for trade growth in 2019 and 2020. World merchandise trade volumes...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-10-01)
Diarise: AmCham Business Summit 2019(4-5 November, Nairobi)  Peter Draper: How should Africans respond to the investment, technology, security, and trade wars? (Brookings) The modern world economy is now characterized by a...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-09-30)
Olu Fasan: Farewell Chiedu Osakwe, Africa’s consummate trade diplomat (BusinessDay) Hardly has any other African, achieved anything close to what Osakwe did to develop international trade negotiations, including through support for...


tralac's Daily News Selection  (2019-09-27)
Reporting African trade and industrialization trends, dynamics:  media workshops in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Addis Ababa (i)  Next week in Johannesburg: ECA's AfCFTA Media Hub Workshop (2-3 October).  “The workshop will bring...


tralac's Daily News Selection  (2019-09-26)
David Luke, Phil Rourke: Canada, Africa and the inclusive trade agenda  (Canadian Foreign Policy Journal) Canada's inclusive trade agenda has been put forward as part of the solution to ensuring more and better jobs for more people in both...


tralac's Daily News Selection  (2019-09-25)
Tributes continue to pour in following the death of Nigeria's chief trade negotiator and one of the AfCFTA's architects, Ambassador Chiedu Osakwe.  A selection: (i)  David Luke: Chiedu was a great African. A man who believed trade is a...


tralac's Daily News Selection  (2019-09-23)
Featured tweet, Yinka Adeyemi: Chiedu Osakwe, Nigeria's chief trade negotiator, who chaired the Africa process that yielded the AfCFTA in Rwanda is dead. Was a global authority on trade negotiation and former WTO director. Selected trade and...




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