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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.
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.
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.