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Annual Development Effectiveness Review 2018: “Made in Africa” – Industrialising the Continent  (2018-05-24)
The African Development Bank is delivering on its goals and making good progress towards achieving its development and operational targets according to the 2018 Annual Development Effectiveness Review (ADER), which was released at the Bank’s...


Digital trade in Africa: Implications for inclusion and human rights  (2018-05-24)
The ATPC, OHCHR and FES Geneva initiated a partnership to analyse the human rights implications of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The final joint report “The Continental Free Trade Area in Africa: A Human Rights Perspective” was...


Report warns Africa on perils of deals with tech behemoths  (2018-05-24)
Kenya’s decision to pull out of a new free trade pact with China after it decided the deal was too one-sided last week, is illustrative of the problems African nations face in their relations with large technology firms, a new report says. The...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2018-05-23)
Featured AfDB policy document: Industrialize Africa – strategies, policies, institutions & financing Extract from the introductory remarks, by Joe Stiglitz: In the developing countries, they are moving from agriculture to manufacturing. In...


Kenyan, Chinese enterprises pledge stronger cooperation to boost growth  (2018-05-23)
Chinese enterprises on Tuesday pledged to cooperate with their Kenyan counterparts to stimulate economic growth and social renewal in line with the Belt and Road Initiative. The new pledge for strengthened partnership between Chinese and Kenyan...


New ICC survey shows pace of trade finance digitalisation  (2018-05-23)
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC’s) 10th annual Global Survey shows that 60% of banks are moving towards greater digitalisation, though only 9% say technology solutions have so far increased efficiency. Over 60% of banks surveyed in...


To spur growth, Africa must look to e-commerce, women, local resources – Songwe  (2018-05-23)
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement was recently signed in Kigali, Rwanda, during the 10th Extraordinary Summit of the African Union Assembly. The main objectives of the AfCFTA are to create a single continental market for...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2018-05-22)
The 53rd Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank opened yesterday in Busan. AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina: Korea is a model for Africa’s industrialization Underway, in Arusha: EAC Sectoral Committee on Trade Later this week, in...


EAC to roll out new export regime in June  (2018-05-22)
Regional exporters of coffee, tea, fish, hides and skins are set to enjoy faster transit times from next month, when the commodities start being cleared under the Single Customs Territory. The new regime seeks to minimise delays and costs for...


Ministers from landlocked developing countries call for improved trade, transport and economic opportunities  (2018-05-22)
Achieving the SDGs in Landlocked Developing Countries through Connectivity and Trade Facilitation Ministers and senior government officials from landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) and development partners, gathered in Astana, Kazakhstan on 16...


Korea is a model for Africa’s industrialization, says President Adesina  (2018-05-22)
Young Africans should be trusted and supported to drive the continent’s industrialization The 53rd Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank opened in Busan, Korea, on Monday with a call on African Governments to create the right environment...


China mission to attract investors to Special Economic Zones  (2018-05-21)
The Department of Trade and Industry will this month embark on an investment roadshow to Shanghai, China, aimed at wooing investors to the South African Special Economic Zones (SEZs). Led by Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe, the roadshow...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2018-05-21)
Australia’s trade and investment relationships with Africa: update, submissions. The reporting date for the Senate inquiry has been extended to 21 June 2018. Download the submissions and transcript from the 2 and 11 May hearings (Perth and...


AU Peace and Security Council on the African Migrants Crisis: Imperative for Expediting Free Movement Policy in Africa  (2018-05-21)
The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), at its 771st meeting held on 11 May 2018, adopted the following decision on the African Migrants Crisis: Imperative for Expediting Free Movement Policy in Africa Council: Takes...


Inquiry into Australia’s trade and investment relationships with the countries of Africa  (2018-05-21)
On 13 June 2017, the Australian Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee launched an inquiry into Australia’s trade and investment relationships with the countries of Africa, with a report expected by 14 February 2018. The reporting...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2018-05-18)
Diarise: NILDS workshop on ECOWAS common currency (23 June, Abuja) Former South African president, Thabo Mbeki, has been elected as the new Chairperson of the Board of the South Centre (pdf) COMESA budget update: Member states urged to honour...


Member States urged to honour their funding obligations to COMESA  (2018-05-18)
The 37th Meeting of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Administrative and Budgetary matters came to an end on Friday, May 11, 2018 at the COMESA Secretariat in Lusaka. The meeting discussed financing of the Common Market...


Economic growth ‘exceeds expectations’ but trade tensions are rising: UN report  (2018-05-18)
Global economic growth in 2018 is exceeding expectations but heightened geopolitical tension and uncertainty over international trade could thwart progress, according to a new United Nations report. The global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is due...


PAP to ensure trade within Africa becomes a reality  (2018-05-18)
The Pan African Parliament (PAP) has resolved to encourage African countries to allow free trade to happen within African countries. PAP adopted a report on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The report was presented by Hon....


Structural transformation and export diversification in Southern Africa  (2018-05-18)
What determines economic disparities among countries and how can we move forward to reduce these income gaps? The development economics literature has studied how countries get rich since the time of Lewis (1954). This literature primarily...




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