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tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2018-09-21)
The ATPC’s David Luke: The ECA has received requests from a dozen countries and/or RECs for support in developing an AfCFTA country strategy Potential of manufacturing and industrialization in Africa: trends, opportunities, and strategies...


Rwanda’s agricultural exports grow by 44% to over Rwf447b  (2018-09-21)
Rwanda’s agricultural exports generated over $515.9 million (over Rwf447 billion) in a period of one year from July 2017 to June 2018, representing an increase of 44.73 per cent compared to $356.5 million (over Rwf316.8 billion) generated in...


IAPH regional conference sets pan-African ports agenda  (2018-09-21)
From 17-19 September 2018, International Association for Ports and Harbours (IAPH) Vice-President in Africa, Mrs. Hadiza Bala Usman, hosted the first regional conference under the new IAPH constitution. Held in Abuja, Nigeria, in the presence of...


AfCFTA will spur Africa’s industrialization and economic development, says ECA’s David Luke  (2018-09-21)
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is a tool that countries can use to create opportunities for African businesses and through them drive the continent’s industriali-zation, economic diversification and development, says David Luke,...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2018-09-20)
Women and African trade: A set of postings, complementing tralac’s recent newsletter on the same theme i) Why do gender issues matter in trade relations? How do trade policies affect women differently? How do we create trade policy that improves...


WTO members review Seychelles’ accession to the SADC Trade Protocol  (2018-09-20)
World Trade Organisation members reviewed Seychelles’ accession to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) trade protocol at the 18 September 2018 meeting of the Committee on Regional Trade Agreements. Members welcomed progress being made...


African women: The architects of our economic futures  (2018-09-20)
On September 13-15, 2018 in Accra, Ghana, AWDF convened a select group of activists, scholars, researchers and policy shapers to help build and think through a thoughtful, progressive and transformative vision for the future of women in African...


A push for the formalization of women cross-border trade in West Africa  (2018-09-20)
The Nigeria chapter of the New Faces New Voices (NFNV), an initiative of the Graca Machel Trust, in partnership with the United Parcel Service, the US-headquartered global logistics company, has commenced the implementation of the second of NFNV...


The World Bank’s Africa Region Gender Action Plan FY18-22  (2018-09-20)
This Regional Gender Action Plan (RGAP) presents the broad approach that the Africa Region of the WBG will take to address gender inequality FY18-22. The RGAP is not intended to be an additional administrative burden for Bank staff, but rather to...


South African cities see improvements in ease of doing business, but pace of reforms is slow, World Bank report finds  (2018-09-20)
South African cities are making efforts to improve the ease of doing business, although the pace of reforms has been slow in the last three years, finds a new World Bank Group report. Doing Business in South Africa 2018, the second in the...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2018-09-19)
Profiled African trade and investment events to diarise: The NEPAD Agency is organizing three events next week in New York, on the margins of the UN General Assembly debate First Ordinary Session of the AU Ministerial Sub-Committee on Tourism...


Aviation drives economic prosperity for Mauritius  (2018-09-19)
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on the government of Mauritius to continue to focus on aviation as a strategic enabler of the country’s economic and social development. “The leaders of Mauritius have always understood...


African Trade Statistics Yearbook 2017  (2018-09-19)
Trade in Africa has become one of the driving forces of integration on the continent. In 2012, the Heads of State and Government of the African Union adopted a decision to establish a Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and endorsed the Action...


European Union discussion paper on investment in South Africa  (2018-09-19)
The EU, as South Africa’s biggest investment partner, welcomes President Ramaphosa’s strong commitment to building a new social compact around investment. This discussion paper outlines key challenges that are of particular concern...


Michael Lawrence
Michael Lawrence is an Executive Director of The National Clothing Retail Federation (NCRF) as well as M&M Consulting. He holds a Bachelor of  Science degree from the University of Cape Town (with Actuarial Subjects included). He is a...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2018-09-18)
Featured tweet, @SabineBohlke: Seychelles notified the WTO Committee on Regional Agreements on their accession to the SADC Protocol on Trade. Seychelles is a strategic trading partner to SADC members. No doubt that the accession will enhance trade...


Nigerian President inaugurates first IAPH Regional Conference on African soil  (2018-09-18)
The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) has held its first regional conference on African soil under the theme “African Ports and Hinterland Connectivity”. Hosted by Nigerian Ports Authority at the Nigerian capital...


Intra-African trade key to continent’s economic growth, says Mauritian Minister  (2018-09-18)
The 24th Session of the Inter-Governmental Committee of Experts (ICE) of Southern Africa opened in Mauritius today with an impassioned plea from Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade Minister of Mauritius, Mr. Seetanah...


Blue economy can be engine of Africa’s economic growth if well utilized, says ECA’s Adejumobi  (2018-09-18)
The Economic Commission for Africa is fully committed to supporting the African Union, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and member States to ensure that the untapped potentials of the continent’s blue economy are fully realized, says ECA’s...


T20 Task Force on Cooperation with Africa: Policy proposals  (2018-09-18)
The T20 task force on Cooperation with Africa aims to integrate cooperation efforts with Africa broadly across G20 work-streams, strengthen G20 members’ commitments to Africa’s Agenda 2063, and explore policy options to promote sustainable...




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