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Rwanda: Industrialization and Job creation among priorities of the 2018-19 Budget  (2018-06-21)
Government will increase spending by FRW 328.2 billion from FRW 2,115.3 billion compared to the 2017/18 revised budget FRW 2,443.5 billion in the 2018/19 fiscal year, the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning has said.  Presenting the...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2018-06-19)
African trade and regional integration event listings: (i) Underway, in Nairobi: AU experts meeting on the Services Sector Development Programme. The UNECA’s Jamie Macleod: “Key outcomes of these meetings for ECA include identifying where and how...


Ad hoc Expert Group Meeting on the implications of ECOWAS potential expansion and the AfCFTA  (2018-06-19)
The Sub-Regional Office for West Africa of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the Government of Benin are organizing an ad hoc expert group meeting, under the theme “Implications of ECOWAS potential expansion and...


COMESA searching for solutions to transform and sustain competitive businesses  (2018-06-19)
The COMESA-Connect Industry Dialogue set for June 21st to 22nd, in Kigali, will bring together high level technical expertise from the public and private sector to provide common solutions that will prepare, protect, revolutionize and sustain...


AU services experts meet to develop services sector development program in the context of the AfCFTA  (2018-06-19)
The Department of Trade and Industry of the African Union Commission is organizing from 18-22 June 2018 in Nairobi, the AU Experts Meeting on the Services Sector Development Program. The main objective of the workshop is to brainstorm with...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2018-06-18)
Profiled African trade and regional integration events: (I) The 24th ARSO General Assembly starts today in Durban on the theme: One Africa One Market – the role of standardisation in attaining sustainable development within the context of...


One Africa One Market – The role of standardisation in attaining sustainable development within the context of regional integration  (2018-06-18)
The 24th ARSO General Assembly events, to be hosted by the Government of the Republic of South Africa, through the South African Bureau of Standards will be held on the 18th to 22nd June 2018 at the Hilton Hotel Durban. The 24th ARSO...


Synergies between the AfCFTA and Tripartite FTA will benefit Africa’s traders and consumers, says ECA Chief  (2018-06-18)
The Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, Vera Songwe has lauded the representative of the Tripartite group comprising COMESA, EAC and SADC for their work on synergies between the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) and the...


Experts and anti-corruption Chiefs to deliberate on corruption and the challenge of economic transformation in southern Africa  (2018-06-18)
The Economic Commission for Africa, Southern Africa Office (ECA-SA) in partnership with the African Union, Southern Africa Office (AU-SARO) are organising two major anti-corruption meetings from 18-22 June 2018 in Gaborone, Botswana. The first is...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2018-06-15)
AfCFTA Ratification Barometer: Number 4 - Niger; Number 5 - Mali; Number 6 - Swaziland AfCFTA agreement too narrow and hasty: Yao Graham (Graphic) The co-ordinator of the Third World Network (TWN-Africa), Dr Yao Graham, has criticised the...


Global migration can be a potent tool in the fight to end poverty across the world  (2018-06-15)
High-income destination countries could realize even bigger gains with efficient labor market policies Global migration has lifted millions out of poverty and boosted economic growth, a new World Bank report finds. But destination countries risk...


Trade among Least Developed Countries set to be boosted following historic WTO collaboration  (2018-06-15)
Least Developed Countries are set to benefit from an agreement that unites the work of the Commonwealth Secretariat and the World Trade Organization (WTO) to boost commerce. Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Sctoland on 13 June 2018 signed a...


Forum highlights ‘inclusive trade’ for world’s poorest countries  (2018-06-15)
With a share of global trade of less than 1%, fresh ideas are needed to bring the world’s poorest countries into the international trading system. Better trade that boosts prosperity in the world’s poorest countries depends on new “inclusive”...


Angola project begins work on ‘greening’ country’s trade  (2018-06-14)
UNCTAD is holding a two-week workshop on identifying export sectors that could help diversify Angola’s economy and make growth more environmentally sustainable. UNCTAD started a two-week workshop in Luanda on 11 June with government officials,...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2018-06-14)
Thursday was East African Budget Day: an initial overview of some highlights Launching next week, in Mauritius: AfDB’s 1st Electricity Regulatory Index Next week, in Lagos: 3rd ICC Africa Conference on International Arbitration Next week’s OECD...


Kenya Africa exports slide continues to new eight-year low  (2018-06-14)
Kenya’s exports to key markets in Africa fell to an eight-year low in the first four months of the year, official statistics show, continuing a trend that has been reflected in annual data over the years. Latest data by the Central Bank of Kenya...


EAC states budget 2018/2019 highlights  (2018-06-14)
East African Community (EAC) member states – Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, and Rwanda – presented the 2018/2019 budgets before their respective parliaments on Thursday afternoon. The MPs are expected to debate and approve the budget proposals. The...


South Africa on ratification of the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Area  (2018-06-14)
Presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry on 13 June 2018 The Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) was launched in June 2015 in Egypt. Negotiations of the legal texts (the main Agreement and its annexes) were concluded in May...


African countries urged to support and grow local investors and entrepreneurs  (2018-06-14)
African countries have been challenged to support and grow local investors and entrepreneurs to counter the fickleness of international investment flows. The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Executive Secretary, Vera Songwe noted that the...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2018-06-12)
Starting today, in Accra: Africa Trade Network’s multi-stakeholder AfCFTA consultation The new head of the UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa: Ms Ahunna Eziakonwahead Diarise: 31st Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Union (1-2 July,...




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