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UK still has no coherent strategy for engaging with Africa  (2020-07-10)
The International Relations and Defence Committee has published its report on ‘The UK and Sub-Saharan Africa: prosperity, peace and development co-operation’. The repot criticises the Government’s lack of a coherent strategy to its engagement with...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2020-07-10)
Diarise: 2020 IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings (12-18 October) Next stages of WTO DG selection process: General Council Chair Walker announces timelines Commemoration of the first edition of Africa Integration Day: Closing remarks by H.E. Amb...


Digital technologies could help Uganda’s economy recover faster  (2020-07-10)
Uganda’s real gross domestic product (GDP) growth in 2020 is projected to be between 0.4 and 1.7% compared to 5.6% in 2019, according to the latest edition of the Uganda Economic Update released by the World Bank. The report, “Digital Solutions...


COVID-19 stalls progress on Global Goals  (2020-07-10)
UNCTAD’s SDG Pulse 2020 shows that progress on critical targets of the sustainable development goals has stalled amid the coronavirus crisis. The coronavirus crisis is pushing critical economic, social and environmental development targets beyond...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2020-07-08)
Joint Statement on the Commemoration of African Integration Day (African Union) Joint Statement of the Chairperson of the Assembly of the African Union, The African Continental Free Trade Area Champion and the Chairperson of the African Union...


‘New dynamic’ needed to overcome negative impacts of COVID-19 worldwide  (2020-07-08)
The dramatic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, have laid bare “weaknesses in our systems and societies”, a top official told the UN’s key international forum on sustainable development which began on Tuesday, warning that “a new dynamic” is needed...


Adopting ICT is critical in post Covid-19 trade facilitation programmes in COMESA region  (2020-07-08)
It’s close to two months since COMESA developed and issued Guidelines for Movement of Goods and Services across the Region during the COVID-19 Pandemic. During this period, there has been a notable adherence to the guidelines and the advisories...


Government commences urgent investigation into the supply of scrap to the metals industry in response to Covid-19  (2020-07-03)
The Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic), Mr Ebrahim Patel, has issued a trade policy directive to the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) to urgently look into measures to help support the metals...


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Joint Statement on the Commemoration of African Integration Day  (2020-07-07)
Joint Statement of the Chairperson of the Assembly of the African Union, The African Continental Free Trade Area Champion and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission on the Occasion of the Commemoration of African Integration Day We are...


WHO urges strong COVID-19 safety measures as African countries to resume air travel  (2020-07-03)
As African countries begin to reopen borders and air spaces, it is crucial that governments take effective measures to mitigate the risk of a surge in infections due to the resumption of commercial flights and airport operations. Many African...


Africa should eye strategies to reduce import dependency of essential goods  (2020-07-03)
Africa has been battling to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic and to address its impacts but the socioeconomic hardship suffered is significant.  The continent has experienced a severe economic contraction of at least 2.6 per cent which...


A political economy analysis of the Nacala and Beira corridors  (2020-07-07)
While trade and transport costs in Africa are high, those faced in Malawi are higher than in the wider region. International partners are keen to invest in improving trade and transportation, with a view to promoting socio-economic development in...


Why is it so difficult to start trading under AfCFTA Rules?
The simple answer to this question is that the task at hand is a daunting one. It should not be underestimated. The modus operandi employed for completing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) design and adopting the outstanding legal...


South Africa and the United States Generalised System of Preferences Country Practice Review: What implications for preferential access to the US market?  (2020-07-06)
One of the early and notable achievements of the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD), established in 1964, was to conceive the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP); its adoption was facilitated by the WTO’s General...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2020-07-03)
Africa should eye strategies to reduce import dependency of essential goods (UNECA) Africa has been battling to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic and to address its impacts but the socioeconomic hardship suffered is significant. The continent...


tralac Training: Feedback from tralac alumni
We are pleased to share with you feedback from some of our alumni – they reflect on the training at tralac and what this has meant for their careers.  MUNU MARTIN LUTHER I am a PhD Candidate at the Institute for Globalisation and...


Challenges for the youth entrepreneurs in agriculture
We need action now for a better future not only for us but for generations to come. That is what sustainable development requires. It is time for future leaders to be mindful of the land, soil, water and environment. Young farmers should develop an...


Youth in trade and trade governance in Africa
Trade supported by improvements in trade governance can contribute to reducing inequalities by distributing benefits more equally across all segments of the society. Meaningful participation by all groups of society including marginalised groups...


tralac’s Daily News Selection  (2020-07-02)
African Union says urgent need to address patents and technology barriers for access to future COVID-19 vaccines (ReliefWeb) In a communique issued following the ‘Africa’s Leadership Role in COVID-19 Vaccine Development and Access’ conference...




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