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How Can Blockchain Support Intra-African Trade?
‘Blockchain’ – or Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) – is a technology whereby a ledger of transactions, or other form or record, is maintained electronically by being distributed across multiple discrete servers. This technology has received a...


An Update on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and African countries  (2019-02-21)
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) defines trade facilitation as the simplification, modernization, and harmonisation of export and import processes. Trade facilitation at the WTO has a long and winding history. It made its appearance for the first...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-02-20)
A communication from China, India, South Africa and Venezuela circulating at the WTO: The continued relevance of Special and Differential Treatment in favour of Developing Members to promote development and ensure inclusiveness The current...


EU, SADC hold their first Joint Council meeting under the Economic Partnership Agreement  (2019-02-20)
The first meeting of the Joint Council under the Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) took place in Cape Town on 19 February 2019. European Union Commissioner for Trade...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-02-19)
Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (20-26 March) on the theme Fiscal policy, trade and the private sector in the digital era: a strategy for Africa. Profiled submissions: (i) Fiscal policy, trade and the...


2019 Conference of Ministers: Fiscal policy, trade and the private sector in the digital era – a strategy for Africa  (2019-02-19)
The 52nd session of the Economic Commission for Africa and the Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development will be held in Marrakech, Morocco from 20-26 March 2019. The fifty-second session of the...


Transparency, inclusivity and development needs take centre stage at the Seventh African Fiscal Forum  (2019-02-18)
The International Monetary Fund’s African and Fiscal Affairs Department, the Kenyan Treasury and the European Commission organised the Seventh African Fiscal Forum in Nairobi, Kenya, on 14 and 15 February. This annual event brings...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-02-18)
3rd STC on Finance, Monetary Affairs, Ecnomic Planning and integration (4-8 March, Yaoundé) The 3rd Specialized Technical Committee on Finance, Monetary Affairs, Economic Planning and Integration will focus on the theme of “Public policies...


Public policies for productive transformation: 3rd STC on Finance, Monetary Affairs, Economic Planning and Integration  (2019-02-18)
Implementing effective public policies that facilitate productive transformation is essential for reviving economies. The 2019 African Union Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Finance, Monetary Affairs, Economic Planning and Integration will...


Fintech in Sub-Saharan Africa: A potential game changer  (2019-02-15)
Mobile money has grown exponentially in sub-Saharan Africa over the past 10 years, making the region the global leader in mobile money innovation, adoption, and usage. M-Pesa, the mobile payments system started in Kenya in 2007, now boasts 30...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-02-15)
African Union Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture: Continental strategy for Geographical Indications in Africa 2018-2023 The protection of GIs could give African countries a natural competitive advantage since they apply mainly to...


WTO Members discuss progress and assistance on Trade Facilitation Agreement’s 2nd year  (2019-02-15)
World Trade Organisation (WTO) members took stock of progress in implementing the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) at the 12-13 February meeting of the Committee on Trade Facilitation, a week before the second anniversary of the Agreement’s entry...


DHL Global Connectedness Index: Globalization hits new record high  (2019-02-15)
International flows of trade, capital, information and people all intensified significantly for the first time since 2007 DHL has released the fifth edition of the DHL Global Connectedness Index (GCI) – a detailed analysis of globalization,...


Constitutional Court condemns South Africa’s role in demise of SADC Tribunal
In December 2018, the South African Constitutional Court ruled that the participation of the South African President in the decision to abolish the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Tribunal was unconstitutional, unlawful and...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-02-14)
Negotiating African trade policy: Event reminders Expert meeting on Non-Tariff Barriers (NTB) Reporting, Monitoring and Elimination under the AfCFTA (concluded today in Nairobi) 11th meeting of the AfCFTA TWG on Rules of Origin (starts...


Hunger on the rise in Africa, new UN report reveals  (2019-02-13)
A new joint United Nations report reveals that hunger is on the rise in Africa following years of decline due to a number of reasons, including difficult global economic conditions, adverse climatic conditions due to El Niño and soaring staple food...


Prospects for reforming/strengthening the WTO
Media coverage of the discussions at the recent World Economic Forum in Davos (which combined globalization issues with the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”) sketched a mixed and at times nervous picture of the future of the global economic order....


tralac’s Daily News Selection: AU Summit review  (2019-02-12)
A guide to the AU Summit: Outcomes, commentaries, side-events, country postings South Africa deposited its AfCFTA instrument of ratification, as did Mauritania and Republic of Congo, with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission on the...


International push to improve food safety  (2019-02-12)
International Food Safety Conference opens with call for greater global cooperation Greater international cooperation is needed to prevent unsafe food from causing ill health and hampering progress towards sustainable development, world leaders...


Report on AU Institutional Reform: Closed session at the 32nd African Union Summit  (2019-02-12)
Remarks by President Paul Kagame, 10 February 2019 I begin by thanking you all, once again, for taking part in the Extraordinary Summit last November dedicated to advancing the institutional reform. In carrying out this assignment, it is...




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