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tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-08-23)
A tralac Guide to this weekend’s G7 Summit, next week’s TICAD7 The G7 starts tomorrow, concluding on Sunday: selected previews A Japan Times preview: Leaders from the Group of Seven democracies will gather in the seaside resort town of...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-08-22)
The East African Business Council convened a workshop today in Nairobi to review the EAC’s Common External Tariff. Selected tweeted highlights: @KEPSA_KENYA: The workshop is expected to establish a clear collaboration framework within the private...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-08-21)
2019 Indonesia-Africa Infrastructure Dialogue: updates Inka aims to secure Rp 7 trillion worth of order contracts from African, Asian countries. State-owned train manufacturing company PT Industri Kereta Api Indonesia (Inka) is expecting to...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-08-20)
Next month, UNU-WIDER, in partnership with the Brookings Institution, launches its inaugural Massive Open Online Course: Industrial Policy and the Challenge for Africa An interview with the UNECA’s Vera Songwe: Africa’s free trade area – the...


The Proposed Discourse in the WTO on the MSMEs Environment: A Case of South Africa  (2019-08-20)
In an effort to unpack the discourse of the World trade Organisation (WTO) on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), this paper provides a background on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) business development policies in South Africa. An...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-08-19)
The High-Level Policy Dialogue, Harnessing the benefits of the AfCFTA for a Ghana Beyond Aid, opened today in Accra: “Execute your watchdog role effectively”: Akufo-Addo tells regulatory agencies. Addressing the opening ceremony of the National...


South Africa and Tanzania commit to greater economic cooperation  (2019-08-19)
The Republic of South Africa and the United Republic of Tanzania have committed to deepen and strengthen economic ties through expanded trade and investment with a goal of achieving decent livelihoods in both countries.President Cyril Ramaphosa and...


SADC hosts the 39th Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania  (2019-08-19)
The 39th Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was held at Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre in Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania, on the 17th and...


SADC Council recommends adoption of kiSwahili  (2019-08-16)
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of Ministers has recommended the adoption of kiSwahili as the fourth official language of the regional body alongside English, French and Portuguese. In his briefing to the media, the...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-08-16)
The 39th SADC Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government starts tomorrow in Dar es Salaam. It concludes on Sunday. A selection of updates: SADC Council of Ministers meeting: Outgoing chairperson of the Council of Ministers of SADC,...


“EAC Staff desert stations over pay”: EAC Press Statement – Clarification of issues  (2019-08-14)
Our attention has been drawn to issues raised in a story by The East African Newspaper edition of 10th – 16th August, 2019 headlined “EAC Staff desert stations over pay”. At the outset, I wish to clarify that this is a newspaper that we have a lot...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-08-15)
Towards the AfCFTA Country Business Index: ad-hoc expert group meeting to review methodological approach The ECA has proposed the establishment of an AfCFTA Country Business Index (ACBI) that will be used at country level to assess and monitor...


Global Warming: A Paradigm shift is required to avert disaster  (2019-07-31)
The latest report released by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) approved on 6 October 2018 is a stark reminder of the dire consequences and impact of global warming, even under a more ambitious target of a 1.5°C limit. This is...


Climate Change and Fiscal Policy – Implications and Options for African countries  (2019-07-31)
The most severe impacts of climate change are often felt by the least developed and low-income countries. These countries are scarcely able to afford the challenges of mitigating against and adapting to climate change given their fewer financial...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-08-14)
Two commentaries on intra-African trade, pointing to the potential impact of the AfCFTA: Global Trade Review’s (GTR) Africa trade briefing: Rebecca Harding, CEO of Coriolis Technologies, discusses Sub-Saharan Africa’s trade performance, its...


SADC develops regional industry protocol  (2019-08-14)
A legal instrument that aims to improve the policy environment for industrial development and support implementation will be presented for approval by the 39th SADC Summit that meets 17-18 August in Dar es Salaam, United Republic of...


United Republic of Tanzania assumes Chairpersonship of SADC Council of Ministers  (2019-08-14)
Hon. Professor Palamagamba John Kabudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation of the United Republic of Tanzania, on 13 August 2019 assumed Chairpersonship of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-08-13)
Featured tweet, @jattamensah: Ghana, with the AU and the ECA, will host a conference on the implementation of the AfCFTA from 19-21 August (Accra). The keynote speaker is the prime minister @NAkufoAddo. A number Ghanaian Ministers will be in...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-08-08)
The 39th Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of SADC, and preceding meetings, starts tomorrow in Dar es Salaam, ending on 18 August Funding the AfCFTA Secretariat: AU, AfDB sign $4.8m institutional support grant AGOA Forum...


Introducing Data Science Techniques for Trade Analysis: With Applications in Knime  (2019-07-31)
‘Data science’ refers to a growing body of knowledge around the acquisition, manipulation, visualisation, analysis and reporting; usually by means of analysis tools or platforms. The ultimate goal of data science practice is to be able to...




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