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South Sudan kicks off WTO membership negotiations  (2019-03-26)
At the first meeting of the Working Party on the Accession of South Sudan on 21 March 2019, WTO members expressed support for working with the world’s youngest nation in order to advance its accession negotiations. South Sudan pledged to use the...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-03-25)
Diarise: Gender considerations in trade agreements (28 March, Geneva). The workshop is organized by Iceland, Botswana and UNCTAD in cooperation with the WTO. It will explore the role for trade agreements in promoting gender equality and how gender...


Tax reform, digitization key to financing Africa’s development – ECA report  (2019-03-23)
A new report by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) says it is urgent for African countries to broaden and deepen their tax and revenue collection bases while leveraging digital technologies to boost collection and compliance, to achieve...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-03-22)
The 2019 Economic Report on Africa will be launched tomorrow in Marrakech (pdf) The IMF’s forthcoming World Economic Outlook includes two analytical chapters on trade policy Today’s featured tweets: @jattamensah: Which AU member state will make...


Tariffs on intra-Africa trade
This 3-page infographic provides an overview of tariff measures adopted by African countries on intra-Africa trade. Many African countries trade under preferential trading arrangements of their regional economic communities (RECs) which offer...


Intra-Africa trade profile – 2017
This 4-page infographic provides a visualisation of intra-Africa trade in 2017. Although trade within the continent remains low and has not changed significantly over time, the 2016-2017 period saw an 8% increase in intra-Africa exports, with...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-03-20)
The joint trade policy review of EAC member countries began today at the WTO: download reports prepared by the EAC and WTO secretariats, advance questions The World Travel and Tourism Council has posted its Economic Impact Research 2019 report:...


Trade Policy Review: East African Community (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda)  (2019-03-21)
The third joint Trade Policy Review of the East African Community (EAC) takes place on 20 and 22 March, 2019 to provide clarification from the EAC members on its trade policies and practices. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO...


tralac’s Women in Trade Governance Network
tralac is establishing a ‘Women in Trade Governance Network’ that targets female professionals working in trade policy and governance with the aim to build technical capacity in international trade governance, to support professional skills...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-03-19)
A reminder of the call for papers for the TMEA, University of Portsmouth, Centre for International Trade and Investment Law (India) conference: Inclusive and sustainable participation and empowerment of women in trade (29-30 May, Nairobi) South...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-03-18)
Underway, in Marrakech: Africa Regional Midterm Review Meeting of the Vienna Programme of Action for the Landlocked Developing Countries for the Decade 2014–2024 Starting tomorrow in Mauritius: Pension Funds and Alternative Investments Africa...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-03-14)
The GTR AFRICA 2019 conference starts today in Cape Town. Twitter updates: #GTRAFRICA The WTO’s 2019 Public Forum theme has been announced: Trading forward – adapting to a changing world. The dates: 8-11 October, Geneva. Featured trade policy...


SACU, Mozambique make progress on impending Brexit  (2019-03-14)
Substantial progress has made to conclude a Roll-Over Economic Partnership Agreement between SACU, Mozambique and the UK. The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies says progress has been made to finalise a roll-over Economic Partnership...


5th ERPN Rwanda Annual Research Conference: The AfCFTA – Challenges and Opportunities  (2019-03-14)
The Economic Policy Research Network (EPRN Rwanda) is a Non-Governmental Organization aiming at strengthening the capacities of individuals and organizations active in or with an interest in economic policy research and analysis.  One of the...


Bi-National Commission: South Africa reiterates support for new Zimbabwe  (2019-03-13)
President Cyril Ramaphosa has reiterated South Africa’s commitment to work with Zimbabwe in addressing the socio-economic challenges experienced by the two neighbouring countries. President Ramaphosa made the commitment in his opening...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-03-13)
Trade policy pointers: Cameroon will host an AfCFTA national sensitization, information forum in mid-April 2019: further details, here and here Togo’s AfCFTA forum: @komitsowou tweets: This week @ECA_OFFICIAL and @ATPC2 join the...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-03-12)
COMESA’s tribute to the late Ambassador Julius Onen, the PS of Uganda’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives UNCTAD is undertaking an Investment Policy Review of Angola: further details of the 11-22 March mission The SADC Council of...


Productive transformation is a must for Africa – AU Committee  (2019-03-11)
African Union Ministers of Finance, Economy and Integration call on formulation of clear and concise public policies in accelerating the process of productive transformation in Africa There is no alternative to the equation of “developing an...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2019-03-11)
Diarise: The 14th CII-EXIM Bank Conclave on India-Africa Project Partnerships (17-19 March, New Delhi). The programme can be viewed here. The African Day of Standardisation will take place on 21 March (to mark the signing of the AfCFTA...


Trade and gender training, new research and EIF initiative announced on Women’s Day at WTO  (2019-03-08)
World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director-General Roberto Azevêdo announced new efforts for women’s economic empowerment through trade, including a training module and new research on trade, gender and the environment, at an event at the WTO...




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