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Indonesia, Africa have great potential to strengthen economy: Kalla
Indonesia’s Vice President Jusuf Kalla noted that Indonesia and Africa have great potential to develop and strengthen economy.
Free trade and its pitfalls: Lessons for Africa
Despite having several trade and investment agreements from 1975, the inability for Africa to build substantial productive capacity has in effect rendered the continent a net importer, unable to meet even its own food requirements.
Interview with Ndongo Samba Sylla
Dr Ndongo Samba Sylla is an economist, researcher and programme officer at the Office for West Africa at the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. In this interview, he analyses the African Continental Free Trade Area
African free trade, China’s ‘Silk Road’ big window for continent
China, being Africa’s largest trading partner, is a key factor and beneficiary of the continent’s development.
Impact of foreign direct investment on arbitration in Africa
Whilst arbitrations involve African parties or interests, most of these arbitrations have their seat outside Africa.
African Continental Free Trade Area: questions & answers
Compiled by the African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC) of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in association with the African Union Commission
India proposes to negotiate trade pact with Africa: Prabhu
India’s Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu today pitched for a free trade agreement with Africa with a view to boosting economic ties between the two regions.
Extraordinary summit to be held on Africa’s CFTA this March
An extraordinary summit of the African Union is scheduled to be held in Kigali, Rwanda on 21 March 2018 to consider and sign the Framework Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA).
Trade agreements that impact seed laws in Africa
Free trade agreements represent a powerful source of pressure to privatise seeds and people’s knowledge connected to seeds.
Continental free trade area agreement to be signed in March 2018
Ministers of Trade from the African countries approved the broad structure of the Agreement.
Outcomes of the trade union conference on economic partnership agreements – Africa/EU
The Conference gathered 35 participants, comprising leaders from African trade union centres, the ITUC-Africa, ETUC, and ITUC, and experts from civil society and academia.
Sudan is indispensable to China’s silk road vision for Africa
The news that China will build a railway from the Red Sea city of Port Sudan to the Chadian capital of N’Djamena proves just how serious Beijing is about pioneering a transcontinental Sahelian-Saharan Silk Road.
EU-Africa strategy: An incentive for development?
The focus of the new development strategy is on private investment. For this, African countries should create more attractive framework conditions to attract European donors and provide guarantees and risk protection to private companies.
Africa-US AGOA trade talks end with no decision, waning enthusiasm
It is not clear whether the U.S. wants to change the AGOA deal before it expires in 2025 or extend it further - no decision was made on either count.
Lighthizer pushes for ‘greater reciprocity’ with AGOA nations
A more balanced trading relationship is vital in order to maintain support in Congress for AGOA, which allows for duty-free treatment of goods from eligible Sub-Saharan African countries, Lighthizer said.
Trump administration’s Africa policy in focus at AGOA trade talks
With the Trump administration’s trade agenda focused on reining in China and renegotiating the North American Free Trade agreement, Africa has barely appeared on the radar screen.
Boosting trade ties with Africa
Various steps have been taken by the Indian Government to enhance trade and commercial relations with African countries.
The Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) in Africa – A human rights perspective
Report: Assessing the distributional impacts of an agreement such as the CFTA is crucial to ensure that human rights and trade are complementary.
Continental Free Trade Area on track
Africa has moved an inch closer to realising the dream of a continent with a free trade area despite persisting stumbling blocks, if the third African ministers of trade meeting held in Niger is to be scrutinised.