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Tear down barriers and African e-commerce will thrive, say CEOs  (2018-12-11)
Participants at UNCTAD’s Africa eCommerce Week discover that e-commerce will flourish only when governments and businesses across the continent work together. Barriers to domestic and cross-border e-commerce in Africa and how to lower them were...


Digital Africa must make its mark, Nairobi e-commerce event hears  (2018-12-11)
UNCTAD’s Africa eCommerce Week in Nairobi, Kenya, focuses on what must be done to speed up the readiness of African countries to engage in and benefit from e-commerce. Key findings from assessments of what African countries need to do to benefit...


Tom Pengelly
Tom Pengelly has over 25 years experience of economic development co-operation in Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Caribbean. Between 1993 and 2001, Tom worked for the UK Department for International Development in London and overseas. Between 1999 and...


Investor-state dispute settlement in Africa and the AfCFTA Investment Protocol
African countries have frequently appeared as respondents before international arbitration tribunals for violating their investment treaty obligations, mostly provisions on expropriation. UNCTAD records that 99 investor-state dispute claims have...


The Buenos Aires G20 Meeting: Has Rules-based global Trade survived?
The communiqué issued at the end of the Group of 20 meeting in Buenos Aires recently (30 November and 1 December 2018) reads like the to-do list for the world’s leading countries. It also mentions plans for dealing with urgent global issues. The...


AfCFTA Questions and Answers  (2018-06-29)
What is the AfCFTA? The AfCFTA, once complete, will be a continent-wide free trade area for those states which have deposited instruments of ratification. It is called a ‘Free Trade Area’ but will be more akin to a comprehensive partnership...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2018-12-07)
2018 African Economic Conference: outcomes Economic integration is seen as a game-changer for achieving inclusive sustainable development. Read more in the Overview of Conference Outcomes Côte d’Ivoire holds the UNSC Presidency for December:...


Linking policies on development and trade  (2018-12-07)
Germany’s Federal Government has announced a Development Investment Fund. The new scheme can become an important milestone for realigning cooperation with Africa – towards dovetailing aid and trade, increasing private-sector involvement and...


Press briefing on US policy in Africa with Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs  (2018-12-07)
Remarks by Tibor P. Nagy, Jr. via teleconference in Nairobi, Kenya, 6 December 2018 MODERATOR: Good afternoon to everyone from the U.S. Department of State’s Africa Regional Media Hub. I’d like to welcome our participants dialing in from...


At closing of the 2018 African Economic Conference, economic integration is seen as a game-changer for achieving inclusive sustainable development  (2018-12-07)
Economic integration is a game-changing reality and African countries must fully embrace it to achieve sustainable and inclusive development that reduce poverty and inequality in all its dimensions. Such is the main conclusion of the 2018 African...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2018-12-06)
Getting to 22: Namibia, South Africa ratify the AfCFTA @AmbMuchanga: More great news on AfCFTA ratification! The National Assembly of Namibia has approved the ratification of the AfCFTA Agreement. Only 40.9% more ratifications left for the...


Growth of global goods exports to reach 10.4% in 2018  (2018-12-06)
Newly released UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics 2018 offers up-to-date, reliable trade figures in an era of uncertainty. Global merchandise exports could grow by 10.4% this year, hitting almost $19.6 trillion, according to the UNCTAD Handbook of...


IMF Executive Board 2018 Article IV Consultation with Ethiopia  (2018-12-06)
Ethiopia has built on its strong track record of development over more than a decade. Growth slowed in 2017/18, but remained high while the current account deficit continued to narrow, the IMF says in its recent report on the economic health...


South African Parliament approves the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)  (2018-12-06)
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, has welcomed the ratification of the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) by Parliament. The AfCFTA was launched during an Extra-Ordinary Summit of African Union...


South Africa: The recession ends as GDP climbs by 2,2%  (2018-12-05)
The South African economy grew by 2,2% quarter-on-quarter (seasonally adjusted and annualised) in the third quarter of 2018, bringing to an end the country’s second recession since 1994. Higher contributions to growth in a number of industries –...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2018-12-05)
tralac in the news at AEC2018: ”We have learned a lot of lessons,” Trudi Hartzenberg, Executive Director of the Trade Law Centre, said. “We have a window to build capacity… most implementation is done at national level… there is lot that...


WCO and SACU region celebrate successful conclusion of the regional Customs Modernization Programme  (2018-12-05)
Back in 2014, the World Customs Organization (WCO), the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Secretariat and the five Customs administrations of the SACU region (Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland*) embarked on a partnership to...


tralac in the news ~ AEC2018: Moving the AfCFTA agreement ahead with quick win solutions  (2018-12-05)
A total of 44 African nations signed the landmark African Continental Free Trade Area agreement earlier this year, with only 12 out of the required 22 countries ratifying the accord, but policy makers say there is time enough – and practical...


AGR-V launched in Kigali; emphasises need to improve governance of Africa’s abundant natural resources  (2018-12-05)
The fifth edition of the African Governance Report (AGR-V) was launched and discussed by delegates attending the 2018 African Economic Conference in Kigali, Rwanda, on Tuesday. The report, produced by the United Nations Economic Commission for...


2018 African SDG report calls for critical investments in urbanization  (2018-12-05)
The 2018 Africa Sustainable Development Report calls on African governments to prioritize investments in water, sanitation and urbanization in order to leverage the health outcomes and productivity of the continent’s citizens. The biannual report...




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