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Commonwealth Business Forum Banquet: Keynote address by President Cyril Ramaphosa  (2018-04-19)
London, 17 April 2018 More than 20 years ago, Nelson Mandela asked me to come to attend the Commonwealth Business Forum and today I am overjoyed once again to be here and the privilege and the honour is doubly enhanced because this year we...


Action on trade and inclusivity to benefit all Commonwealth citizens  (2018-04-19)
UK Prime Minister to use Commonwealth Summit to boost trade, economic growth and opportunities for the organisation’s young people Already accounting for one fifth of global trade, with intra-Commonwealth trade valued at $560 billion and...


Commonwealth Business Forum: Dr Fox announces measures to strengthen commonwealth trade ties  (2018-04-19)
International trade secretary sets out new measures supporting strong Commonwealth trade ties at Heads of Government Summit As the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) starts this week, the Prime Minister and International...


Regulation must steer not stifle innovation, UN e-commerce event hears  (2018-04-18)
Governments must strike the right balance between pushing innovation in the digital economy and regulating a sector which has lost people’s trust The internet is a powerful tool for development, and governments must not let the dark side of the...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2018-04-18)
Next week, in Libreville, Gabon: Building Africa’s negotiating capacity for improved terms of engagement with the rest of the world (23-27 April) Africa’s Pulse: Boosting access to electricity in Africa through innovation, better regulation (World...


A step forward for free trade in the ECCAS sub-region  (2018-04-18)
The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is launching a campaign to have all countries of the ECCAS sub-regional bloc operationalize the ECCAS Preferential Tariff (known for short in French as TP/CEEAC) – one of the instruments for...


Seychelles begins domestic consultations on AfCFTA  (2018-04-18)
A national committee set up to discuss the Seychelles’ intention of joining the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) held its first meeting recently. The committee consists of various agencies and organisations concerned such as the...


COMESA holds workshop to enhance regional integration programme  (2018-04-18)
The final activity of a project that aims at contributing to COMESA’s overall goals of having sustainable economic development and poverty reduction in the region was held in Lusaka from 10th to 13th April 2018. The project titled ‘Targeted...


AU Ministers call for more efficient and transparent African institutions and tax systems to fight against corruption and illicit financial flows in Africa  (2018-04-18)
The Ministerial segment of the 2nd African Union (AU) Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Finance, Monetary Affairs, Economic Planning and Integration opened in Addis Ababa on Monday, 16 April 2018. The meeting was preceded by Expert Meetings...


Africa’s Pulse: Boosting access to electricity in Africa through innovation, better regulation  (2018-04-18)
Economic growth in Africa rebounds, but not fast enough Sub-Saharan Africa’s growth is projected to reach 3.1 percent in 2018, and to average 3.6 percent in 2019-20, says Africa’s Pulse, a bi-annual analysis of the state of African economies...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2018-04-17)
Press coverage of the first day of the Trade Law Centre, Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce, Zimbabwe Network of Customs and Excise Experts AfCFTA awareness workshop The African free trade dividend: editorial comment in today’s New Times,...


Short-sighted investment endangers development progress for hundreds of millions of people – UN report  (2018-04-18)
While a moderate upturn in the world economy led to more development financing in 2017, a new United Nations report out on 13 April 2018 revealed that the vast majority of investment is still short-term oriented, putting global commitments to...


Statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on launch of new investment drive  (2018-04-17)
President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday, 16 April outlined an investment drive on which government and social partners are about to embark to advance investment, growth, job creation and meaningful economic transformation in the South African...


Report of the tenth session of the Committee on Regional Cooperation and Integration  (2018-04-17)
The tenth session of the Committee on Regional Cooperation and Integration was held in Addis Ababa on 1 and 2 November 2017, on the theme, “Implementation of the continental free trade area and shared gains”. The main objective of the session was...


South-South digital cooperation for industrialization: A regional integration agenda  (2018-04-17)
This UNCTAD paper discusses the various components of digital infrastructure to de-mystify digital economy and examines the reasons for growth of big-tech firms and the source of their rent-seeking powers. The extent of digitization of...


Digital technologies provide fertile ground for Africa, EU says  (2018-04-17)
EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel says Europe is dedicated to helping Africa build a single digital market, so that e-commerce can pave the way to better jobs and greater equality on the continent. Mindful of its own experience in building a single...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2018-04-16)
Profiled trade policy events: (i) Underway, in Harare: Trade Law Centre, in collaboration with Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce and Zimbabwe Network of Customs and Excise Experts, are hosting a AfCFTA awareness workshop in Harare (16-17...


Senegal Economic Update: Recent growth drivers and the role of agriculture in developing a resilient and inclusive economy  (2018-04-16)
This Senegal Economic Update (SEU) evaluates the recent (2016‐17) growth performance and macroeconomic policies in Senegal, thus providing a basis for the policy dialog with the Government and other stakeholders. The first section of the Economic...


Working Group on E-Commerce finalises the Framework of Standards on Cross-Border E-Commerce  (2018-04-16)
The World Customs Organisation (WCO) Working Group on E-Commerce (WGEC) met for the 3rd time at the WCO headquarters in Brussels from 9 to 12 April 2018. This meeting brought together more than 150 delegates from Customs administrations, other...


Africa crafts message of sustainability for international climate negotiations  (2018-04-16)
Action on climate change and sustainable development together is the way forward for Africa. That is the top-line message that regional, public and private sector delegates will carry to international climate negotiations after a week of...




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