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The folly of the Africa’s Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA)
The roadmap of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) was adopted by the African Union in 2012 and the decision to launch the negotiations in June 2015 at the 25th Summit of the African Union, with the aim of implementing it by the end of 2017.
Expansion of the Energy Charter to Africa and Asia: Undoing reform in international investment law?
The Energy Charter Secretariat is in expansion mode, wanting to gain access to energy resources in Africa and Asia for its current—mostly developed country—members, and extending a far-reaching (and outdated) investment protection system to investments in resource-rich countries.
Ross: African countries face ‘critical question’
US Commerce Secretary delivered a tough message to African countries, urging them to strike bilateral trade deals with the United States and warning that the Trump administration would closely monitor their compliance with eligibility rules under the African Growth and Opportunity Act
Senegalese economist Ndongo Samba Sylla: “the Continental Free Trade Area is a mistake” (Interview)
The economist Ndongo Samba Sylla is a former advisor to the President of the Republic of Senegal. He explains why the Continental Free Trade Area is “suicide for African countries.”
BRICS in Africa: more of the same? Pacs’ study compares investment treaties between the BRICS and African countries
The BRICS Group was born in the century XXI with renewed expectations of changes in the world order through greater participation of the Global South. However, what we have witnessed so far is the consolidation of a new/old unequal world order.
Africa eyes its prized continental free trade area
The 2017 deadline has arrived and the Continental Free Trade Area, formally adopted in 2012, is not yet a reality. But it’s not that far off either.
The African Union Commission is hosting the 5th meeting of the Continental Free Trade Area Negotiating Forum (CFTA-NF)
The meeting will be adopting the modalities that will guide the negotiations in Tariff liberalization and Trade in Services liberalization
Nigeria begins negotiations on CFTA adoption
Nigeria has commenced negotiations to facilitate the adoption of the Continental Free Trade Area after lagging behind among other trade blocs.
Private sector will be the main focus of the CFTA – MoTI
The interest of the private sector will be at the forefront in negotiations of the Continental Free Trade Area Agreement.
African leaders agree deal on continental free trade
This agreement is in furtherance of the commitment made by African leaders in Addis Ababa in 2012 towards the establishment of the CFTA.
TDM Special Issue on Int’l Arbitration involving Commercial and Investment Disputes in Africa
This Special Issue presents diverse views on a number of salient topics affecting international arbitration involving the African continent.
Virtual teach-in videos: a heterodox and feminist approach to the Continental Free Trade Area
Regions Refocus has compiled five “Virtual Teach-ins” of footage from the workshop “Towards an Equitable and Transformative Continental Free Trade Area: A Heterodox and Feminist Approach.”
Africa is moving toward a massive and important free trade agreement
Here are seven things you need to know about Africa’s Continental Free Trade Area — which could be up and running by the end of 2017.
China plans ’largest free trade zone’ in Horn of Africa
Djiboutian finance minister says new free trade agreement aims to increase China’s presence in Africa and Red Sea regions
We cannot afford to fail on the Continental Free Trade Area
Successful implementation of the CFTA will enable members to realize their potential to expand and accelerate the dynamism of intra-African trade
Cracks appear in EU-ACP unity at Cotonou meeting in Dakar
Dissent was heard at the high-level meeting in Dakar of the EU and the 79-member states of the African, Caribbean and Pacific group.
EU African EPAs in limbo
The EU’s Economic Partnership Agreements with sub-Saharan countries inked a few years ago are not getting off the ground as African governments don’t like their EU-inspired rules on raw materials policies.
The rise of investor-state dispute settlement in the extractive sectors: challenges and considerations for African countries
In African countries, the expansion of international investment agreements could carry significant risks to policy space and policy tools necessary for industrialization and development.
La Guinée équatoriale gagne en arbitrage contre le groupe Francisco Hernando Contreras
Le tribunal arbitral du Cirdi s’est déclaré incompétent pour juger le différend qui oppose le groupe espagnol de BTP et Malabo, dans le cadre d’une procédure déclenchée en 2012.
AU prioritises mining, intra-Africa trade
The Continental Free Trade Area offers African producers and investors an unique opportunity to benefit from this important market.