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The BIT footprints of emerging market economies in Africa: What do they portend for ISDS?
Despite debates about crisis in investment treaty arbitration, most emerging market economies are concluding BITs that provide for ISDS and emerging market multinational companies appear to welcome ISDS.
As Brexit nears, Johnson pushes for deeper trade ties with Africa
Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for deeper investment ties between Britain and Africa at a summit for leaders of 21 African countries.
Africa relations are ‘not equal’, leaders warn EU
African political and business leaders complained that trade deals are skewed in favour of Europe, preventing them from building up domestic processing industries.
Africa should focus on industrialisation. Free trade will follow
It is more reasonable to concentrate on building regions and industrialising before attempting the African free trade area.
United States – African Growth And Opportunity Act: Report of the government of the United States for the year 2018 under the decision of 30 november 2015
The following communication is being circulated at the request of the Delegation of the United States.
Africa offers a test to von der Leyen’s ‘geopolitical Commission’
The African Union Commission’s high representative on Cotonou has warned that keeping the ACP framework will make it harder for the EU to agree on a ‘continent-to-continent instrument’.
Stop the unfair investor-state dispute settlement against Africa
Civil society and trade union statement to oppose the recent World Bank Court ruling against Tanzania.
AfCFTA phase 1 negotiations: Issues and challenges for Eastern Africa
This study identifies issues and challenges of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), with a focus on East Africa.
Bad bilateral trade deals haunting Africa
The growing number of legal suits that multinational companies are bringing against Tanzania and other African countries is a major concern.
India says African Continental Free Trade Area will help enhance trade ties
India is increasing its engagement with Africa. Since 2014, there have been 32 outgoing high-level visits from India to Africa.
China, Mauritius sign free trade agreement
China and Mauritius signed a free trade agreement (FTA), the first FTA between China and an African country, according to the Ministry of Commerce (MOC).
ISDS in numbers
Impacts of investment arbitration against African states.
‘Phase 1B’ of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) negotiations
This policy brief focuses on the expected economic impacts of tariff liberalization under the AfCFTA.
What the AfCFTA means for the energy sector
Major new opportunities for cross-border energy collaboration arise from the signature of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement.
India, Mauritius close to sewing up FTA
India and Mauritius are close to finalising the proposed bilateral free trade agreement that got delayed due to apprehensions amongst domestic players in both countries.
African states launch the operational phase of the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement, creating one of the largest common markets in the world
The AfCFTA entered into force on May 30, 2019 for all States that have ratified the Agreement. Trading under the agreement will begin on July 1, 2020.
Investor-state disputes in Africa
In May 2017, out of 613 cases brought under the ICSID Convention and Additional Facility Rules, 135 cases involved African states, of which 45% were brought based on states’ consent in BITs.
Africa wants one trade deal with the US, the US wants many
The African Union prefers a continent-wide deal with the US while the US wants bilateral deals when AGOA expires.
Why Africa’s new free-trade area is great news for Americans
Only one set of trade deals will need to be negotiated with the AfCFTA—as opposed to fifty-five intricately-crafted trade deals with each small African economy.
Food, Agriculture, Sovereignty: A book that dismantles the myths of Tunisian agriculture
The peasants have told the activist researchers stories of their daily struggles, but it is their attempt at organization that sparks the greatest interest.