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Tasks before the AfCFTA dispute settlement body
The inaugural meeting of the dispute settlement body of the AfCFTA signals the readiness of this infrastructure to take up any disputes that may arise in the course of trading amongst the member States.
Dairibord cautious of AfCFTA
DAIRIBORD Holdings Limited has said although the African Continental Free Trade Area could unlock a string of spinoffs, significant threats to intra-African trade would also arise.
Local firms not ready for AfCFTA
Business Botswana (BB) is concerned that the benefits of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement, will not be fully exploited by local businesses.
How can Mauritius take advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)?
AfCFTA provides a platform for Mauritius to contribute significantly to the new African impetus by making available to investors and businessmen an ecosystem that not only makes it easier for them to do business with Africa, but also enhances and safeguards their investments.
EU commits sh21b towards AfCFTA operationalisation
The European Union has pledged to commit an additional €5m (about sh21.7b) towards the second phase of the African Trade Observatory (ATO) to support the operationalisation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
Outstanding negotiations on AfCFTA to conclude before end of the year
Some outstanding negotiations are part of necessary conditions to ensure the success of the AfCFTA, but have been facing challenges from member countries despite commencement of the agreement.
Ghana: minister calls for establishment of Ghana - Canada business council
The Ghanaian Minister of Trade and Industry has called for the establishment of a Ghana-Canada Business Council, to promote trade between the two countries.
Design and architecture of the AfCFTA investment protocol
The international legal instrument to be adopted as the AfCFTA Protocol on Investment will constitute a binding international agreement for the AU Member States that have ratified this instrument and for whom it has entered into force.
Regional Economic Communities and the AfCFTA investment protocol
The legal regimes of the eight Regional Economic Communities (RECs) recognised by the AfCFTA Agreement as building blocks of the African Continental Free Trade Area will not disappear when the AfCFTA is implemented.
AfCFTA: concern over dumping mounts as trade deficit widens
The fears that Nigeria might become a dumping ground for manufactured goods, especially with the advent of the AfCFTA, has heightened as Nigeria’s Trade in Goods Statistics show rising deficit in manufactured goods trade.
Northern gatemen and geopolitics of AfCFTA
AfCFTA has materialized at a time when globalization is being used to hide all sorts of ambitions including the second empire and colonialism. AfCFTA is not just about the economy and markets, it is also a political setup from the African Union and African Development Bank.
ATPC embarks on first ever environmental assessment of the AfCFTA to usher in green-friendly trade on the continent
The African Trade Policy Centre is preparing the first ever Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the AfCFTA to guide on how environmental considerations can be effectively incorporated into the agreement.
Why we need to talk about the African free trade area
The AfCFTA will give the African Union the chance to become a strong, independent player in the world economy – at least that is the optimistic forecast. But there are good reasons to cast doubt on the high hopes pinned on the African free trade area.
Encouraging competition in AfCFTA: Govt waives import duties
Ghana government has waived import duties on imported equipment, machines and raw materials for local manufacturing companies to enable them to become competitive in the global marketplace.
SADC urges Member States to sign and ratify AfCFTA and TFTA
The Council of Ministers of the Southern African Development Community has urged Member States that have not yet signed and ratified the AfCFTA and the TFTA to do so to allow for the implementation of the agreements.
AfCFTA and UNDP announce new partnership to support largest trade area towards inclusive growth in Africa
The AfCFTA Secretariat and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) today have signed a strategic partnership to promote trade as a stimulus for Africa’s socioeconomic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.
Govt to reopen negotiations on Bilateral Investment Treaty with Japan
The government of Ghana has expressed its interest in concluding the negotiations with Japan on the Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT), which has been pending since April 2014.
AfCFTA programme to enslave Africans if challenges not addressed
The implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) may enslave Africans to the rest of the world if the challenges associated with the programme are not fixed, the Citizen Watch, a think tank group has revealed.
To what extent will the AfCFTA impact the number of ISDS cases involving African States?
Only 21% of cases administered by ICSID involve African investors, however, this may change with the introduction of AfCFTA, and we may begin to see more disputes involving African investors and African states.
‘African Continental FTA signals opportunity for Indian businesses’
African countries want India to help in mechanising agriculture, build social and physical infrastructure and provide more vaccines