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Bilateral deal-making involving governments of Africa.

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South Africa to host extraordinary SADC summit
The summit will focus on the current status of implementation of the Free Trade Area (FTA) in terms of the main activities required to complete the FTA by 2008.
Africa: Trade still prime engine for prosperity in Africa, official says
The United States is doubling the number of its trade and investment framework agreements (TIFAs) in Africa.
SD in dilemma over 2008
Swaziland’s private sector has raised concern on which direction the country would take in 2008 when the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) assumes a customs union status.
African trade links on upsurge
A striking increase in trade and investment between China, India and Africa holds great potential for growth and job creation in the poverty-stricken sub-Sahara, a World Bank study released on Sunday said.
United States, Mauritius sign trade agreement
The United States and Mauritius signed a trade and investment framework agreement (TIFA) on September 18. It provides a formal mechanism to address bilateral trade issues and help enhance trade and investment relations.
Mauritius to sign trade deals with India, Pak
Mauritius expects to sign trade deals with India and Pakistan in October and November, according to minutes of a cabinet meeting seen yesterday.
With free trade zones, what’s the fate of communities?
As Chinese companies prepare to invest in Lekki Trade Free Zone, about 300,000 dwellers of 26 Lagos suburbs, who are primarily farmers and fishermen, are faced with displacement from their fatherland.
SADC’s free trade protocol difficult: researcher
Brendan Vicas, a senior researcher at the Institute for Global Dialogue, has warned that SADC’s free trade protocol will be difficult to implement. SADC member states have again been urged to renounce their membership of other regional economic groupings.
Building on AGOA for African agricultural trade expansion
On the final day of the annual forum on the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) last month, the United States and Rwanda signed a bilateral agreement aimed at increasing trade flow between the two countries.
ECOWAS ministers, partners finalise talks on reforms
ECOWAS trade, foreign affairs and cooperation ministers today began the final lap of talks toward restructuring the body into a Commission.


  • African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) legal texts and policy documents
    Tralac’s page on the African Continental Free Trade Area
  • SEATINI Uganda
    The Southern and Eastern Africa Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI) is a regional non-governmental organization founded in 1996 soon after the WTO Singapore Ministerial Conference — mainly focusing on WTO, but also bilateral and regional trade negotiations in Africa.
  • SEATINI Zimbabwe
    The Southern and Eastern African Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI) is an African initiative to strengthen Africa’s capacity to take a more effective part in the emerging global trading system and to better manage the process of globalization.