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Brexit after the Prime Minister’s Defeat
After a devastating defeat for Theresa May, the Brexit clock keeps ticking. On Tuesday 15 January, the House of Commons rejected her Bill on the Withdrawal Agreement with the European Union (EU) by 230 votes; the largest defeat for a sitting...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-01-18)
Today, in Geneva: Retreat of Ambassadors of Landlocked Developing Countries South African patent lawyer, Ms Esmé du Plessis, has been appointed to serve on the WTO panel to rule on the US-China intellectual property dispute The Helen Suzman...


Global creative economy shows resilience, growth – report  (2019-01-17)
The remarkable story of China’s dominance in the trade of creative goods and services is the golden thread of a new creative economy outlook by UNCTAD. With export growth rates of over 7% over 13 years, global trade in creative goods is an...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-01-17)
African Economic Outlook 2019: Africa growth prospects remain steady, industry should lead growth (AfDB) Africa’s general economic performance continues to recover and GDP growth is projected to accelerate to 4.0 percent in 2019 and 4.1 percent in...


IMF Executive Board 2018 annual discussions on CEMAC countries’ common policies  (2019-01-17)
On December 17, 2018, the International Monetary Fund Executive Board concluded the annual discussions with the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) on Common Policies of Member Countries and Common Policies in Support of Member...


An undifferentiated WTO: Self-declared development status risks institutional irrelevance  (2019-01-17)
Communication from the United States In the preamble to the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization, the Parties recognized that “their relations in the field of trade and economic endeavor should be conducted with a view to...


African Economic Outlook 2019: Africa growth prospects remain steady, industry should lead growth  (2019-01-17)
Five policy actions could raise Africa’s total gains to 4.5 percent or GDP, or $134 billion a year Africa’s general economic performance continues to recover and GDP growth is projected to accelerate to 4.0 percent in 2019 and 4.1 percent in...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-01-16)
Featured tweets: @KendalHembroff: G20 Trade and Investment Working Group meeting [15-16 January] to discuss challenges facing international trading system and need for WTO reform @SabatucciEU: Next Monday, the AU and the EU will have their first...


South Africa Merchandise Trade Statistics for November 2018  (2019-01-16)
South Africa trade balance swings to surplus in November South Africa’s trade balance shifted to a R3.49 billion surplus in November of 2018 from a downwardly revised R4.29 billion deficit in the previous month and beating market expectations of a...


Refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons in Africa at center of 32nd AU Summit  (2019-01-16)
“Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons: Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa” is the theme that will be at the center of discussions during the 32nd Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union...


Communications crucial for successful implementation of AfCFTA  (2019-01-16)
Communications must play a crucial role in building awareness on the gender implications of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement and the accord as a whole, participants to a recent Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) workshop...


Africa set for massive transformation with AfCFTA, says ECA’s David Luke  (2019-01-16)
Africa is set for massive transformation as more countries are expected to sign-up and ratify the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) in 2019, says Economic Commission for Africa’s David Luke, Coordinator of the ECA’s African Trade...


tralac’s first Daily News selection for 2019  (2019-01-15)
Profiled AU events, now underway: The 32nd Ordinary Summit of the African Union started today in Addis on the theme Refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons: towards durable solutions to forced displacement in Africa. The summit...


Africa trade and technology  (2019-01-15)
Introduction It is perceived that economic nationalism has slowed the meteoric rise of global trade. Since the Uruguay Round created the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995, trade of goods and services has become a dominant feature in global...


Economic transformation in Africa: key trends in 2019  (2019-01-15)
The global economy is slowing down The US-China trade war, global increases in sovereign debt, and weak 2018 stock market performance have all weakened prospects for economic growth. The IMF prediction that global GDP growth this year...


Darkening prospects: Global economy to slow to 2.9 percent in 2019 as trade, investment weaken  (2019-01-15)
Emerging, developing economies should rebuild policy buffers, boost productivity to sustain growth Global economic growth is projected to soften from a downwardly revised 3 percent in 2018 to 2.9 percent in 2019 amid rising downside risks to the...


African Group Declaration on WTO issues  (2019-01-15)
We, Ministers of Trade of the Member States of the African Union, meeting in Cairo, on 12 and 13 December 2018, at the occasion of the 7th Meeting of the African Ministers of Trade (AMOT) in order to, amongst other things, review the...


Simulating UK-Africa Trade Liberalisation: Kenya  (2018-12-21)
With the United Kingdom set to exit the European Union (EU) in the near future, current news is focusing on the future UK-EU trade relationship. For the UK’s global trade partners, this is very important to appraise. In August 2018, UK Prime...


Inaugural Intra-African Trade Fair ends, Kigali announced host of IATF2020  (2018-12-18)
The inaugural Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF 2018) ended in Cairo on 17 December 2018 with the Rwandese capital of Kigali being announced as the host of the 2020 event. Former Nigerian President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, who is also Chairman of the...


African Union Ministers of Trade conclusively reach consensus on all outstanding issues on AfCFTA modalities for tariff liberalization  (2018-12-18)
The seventh meeting of African Union Ministers of Trade (AMOT) ended in Egypt this week with the ministers reaching an agreement on crucial aspects of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) modalities for tariff liberalization as the...




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