37 results about AFRICA


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ASEAN 50 Years on: Lessons for the CFTA Process

September 20, 2017

Fifty years after the signing of its founding declaration, how much has the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) achieved in terms of regional integration? What are the main lessons that... READ MORE

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Bringing the CFTA About: Key Factors for Success

September 20, 2017

How can African negotiators and policymakers ensure that the CFTA will be successful? With the imminent release of the latest edition in the Assessing Regional Integration in Africa report series,... READ MORE

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Building an Inclusive Continental Free Trade Area

September 20, 2017

In January 2012, African leaders adopted the decision to establish a Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) by the indicative date of 2017, an important step in the African Union’s larger integra... READ MORE

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Crafting a Robust CFTA: The Human Rights Contribution

September 20, 2017

Can African countries simultaneously foster trade liberalisation, economic growth, and human rights in the context of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA)? A recent study argues that they can, an... READ MORE

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Talking CFTA with Albert Muchanga, the AU’s Commissioner for Trade and Industry

September 20, 2017

Bridges Africa met with Albert Muchanga, the African Union’s Commissioner for Trade and Industry, to discuss the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) currently under negotiation.

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The CFTA Negotiations and the Issue of Coherence

September 20, 2017

What are the challenges facing the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA). The analysis of the... READ MORE

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Technical Working Groups Gather to Advance CFTA Process

August 24, 2017

Representatives from the African Union’s (AU) member states and experts from African regional economic communities, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United... READ MORE

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AGOA Forum Ends Without Greater Clarity About the Scheme’s Future

August 17, 2017

African and US officials, private secto... READ MORE

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African Experts Consider Ways to Speed up CFTA Negotiations

March 31, 2017

Experts from the African Union Commission (AUC), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Developme... READ MORE

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Africa looks to boost growth and jobs with free-trade area

December 1, 2016

Six years ago it took almost three weeks for a shipping container to travel the 1,100km from the Kenyan port of Mombasa to Kampala, the Ugandan capital. While poor infrastructure did not help, the del... READ MORE

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Regional before global: A value chain approach to industrialisation in West Africa

November 22, 2016

Sustainable Development Goal 9 calls for a commitment to “build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.” Are regional value chains a relev... READ MORE

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World Bank: Record number of business reforms carried out in Africa

October 28, 2016

Economies across sub-Saharan Africa have adopted a record number of reforms to upgrade their business environment over the past year, says the World Bank in its Doing Business 2017, the fourteenth... READ MORE

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Tracking regional integration in Africa

October 18, 2016

One of the challenges hindering the implementation of Africa’s regional integration agenda has been the lack of an effective monitoring mechanism. How can the Africa Regional Integration Inde... READ MORE

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US-Africa trade relationship in focus at AGOA forum

September 29, 2016

On 22-26 September, African and US ministers, trade officials, civil society, and business sector representatives gathered in Washington D.C. to discuss the implementation of the African Growth and... READ MORE

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Could emerging economies accelerate regional integration in Africa?

September 15, 2016

As the regional integration agenda in Africa gains speed, is the economic engagement of emerging economies on the continent contributing to that agenda? If so, how? If not, can it be leveraged to c... READ MORE

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EAC-EU EPA signing postponed as deliberations continue

July 22, 2016

The signing of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and the EAC (East African Community) due to be ratified in October 2016 has been postponed, coming as a surprise to the intern... READ MORE

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Making trade facilitation work in Africa: Lessons from the service delivery agenda

July 19, 2016

June 23 marked the UN Public Service Day, the official international day of recognition for the value and virtue of public service to the community and its role in the development process.

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Trade facilitation: a priority for the continent?

July 19, 2016

The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda recognises the important role that trade can play as a driver of sustainable and inclusive development. For this potential to materialise in Africa, however,... READ MORE

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South Africa launches initiative to promote trade with African partners

July 14, 2016

Rob Davies, South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry, recently announced the upcoming launch of Trade Africa, which will replace what was previously known as the Africa Export Council.READ MORE

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The quest for a Pan-African Investment Code to promote sustainable development

June 21, 2016

The year 2015 was a crucial one for Africa regarding the negotiation of the first continent-wide investment agreement: the Pan-African Investment Code (PAIC).

 

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WTO members eye preparations for enacting trade facilitation deal

June 20, 2016

WTO members are preparing to put in place the first new global trade deal in decades – the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) – given that three-quarters of the ratifications needed for... READ MORE

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African countries hold second CFTA Negotiating Forum

June 2, 2016

Representatives from the African Union’s (AU) member states held the second session of the Continental Free Trade Area Negotiating Forum (CFTA-NF), continuing their work aimed at laying the f... READ MORE

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Logistics are key to realise Africa's economic potential, says FIATA

May 23, 2016

The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA, in French: Fédération Internationale des Associations de Transitaires et Assimilés) released on 17 May 2016 a READ MORE

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Approaching the CFTA services negotiations: Which way towards delivery by 2017?

May 19, 2016

The services sector is becoming a key driver of sustainable economic growth and structural transformation in African economies. The World Bank estimates that the sector accounts for 47 percent of g... READ MORE

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Trade takes centre stage at ACP Council of ministers

May 4, 2016

Trade issues took centre stage during the 103rd session of the Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, which was held on 25-29 April in Dak... READ MORE

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Africa, TPP, and TTIP: Integration or isolation?

April 14, 2016

With the demise of the Doha Development Round at the World Trade Organization Ministerial in Nairobi this past December, the multilateral approach to global trade negotiations has largely ended. Given... READ MORE

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Free trade a concept that remains elusive in Africa

March 4, 2016

Last week we looked at visa openness in Africa and concluded that the continent remains largely closed with its citizens requiring visas to travel to 55% of other African countries. This week we take... READ MORE

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CFTA negotiators establish their launch pad

February 29, 2016

The first meeting of the Continental Free Trade Area Negotiating Forum (CFTA-NF) laid the groundwork for upcoming substantive negotiations on Africa’s largest free trade area. Negotiators are... READ MORE

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Africa Launches Largest Trading Block With 620 Million Consumers

February 22, 2016

More than 1,500 public and private business delegates and state leaders agreed on 20-21 February to mobilise massive investments for the implementation of Africa's largest trading bloc which was creat... READ MORE

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Post-Doha trading system: Five points for African economies to consider

January 6, 2016

The package that came out of the December 2015 World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerial conference in Nairobi—the first hosted by an African nation—has been hailed as one of the most substantial pac... READ MORE

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Africa to Export Duty, Quota-Free Cotton

December 30, 2015

African countries can now export their cotton to developed countries duty-and quota-free as from January 2016 following a global deal sealed in Nairobi at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministeria... READ MORE

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South Africa to open poultry quota Friday

December 17, 2015

South Africa will open a new tariff-free quota for U.S. poultry on Friday in an effort to avoid a suspension of its benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act, South African Trade Minister... READ MORE

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Africa Nations to Consider Cotton Case If Nairobi Talks Fail

December 16, 2015

African nations are considering presenting a case against governments they accuse of distorting trade in cotton if this week’s negotiations in the Kenyan capital don’t deliver a favorable deal. Cotton... READ MORE

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Hopes fade for Doha trade talks deal as WTO convenes in Kenya

December 15, 2015

Hopes of a breakthrough in the stalled Doha trade negotiations at World Trade Organisation gathering this week have faded after the conference chairwoman rejected calls for a new approach. Diplomats s... READ MORE

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WTO Conference Opens in Kenya

December 15, 2015

The first World Trade Organization’s ministerial conference on African soil has begun in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. Addressing the 10th ministerial conference Tuesday, Kenyan Foreign Affairs Minister... READ MORE

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Africa's tripartite free trade deal urged to be ratified quickly

December 14, 2015

A tripartite free trade agreement signed in June by three African regional blocs was urged to be ratified quickly, according to the outcome of a meeting of Council of Ministers of the Common Market fo... READ MORE

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The Tripartite Free Trade Area Agreement: A milestone for Africa’s regional integration process

June 23, 2015

The Tripartite Free Trade Area Agreement (TFTA), bringing together member and partner states of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC) and the... READ MORE