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APE Afrique centrale : l’Union européenne joue la montre
L’Union sait que le temps est son meilleur allié pour imposer à l’Afrique centrale son APE bilatéral avec le Cameroun comme base des négociations.
Swaziland to eliminate barriers to ratification, approval of Tripartite FTA
Swaziland will eliminate in any way possible barriers to the ratification and approval of the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA).
SADC summit to focus on economic transformation
Leaders from Southern Africa meet for their annual summit this month in Botswana, united by a common objective to improve the socio-economic situation in the region.
L’Europe impose à l’Afrique un traité pire que le TAFTA….
L’Union européenne qui a signé avec seize pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest un accord dit de partenariat économique. Un appel est lancé pour appeler les élus européens à ne pas ratifier cet accord.
SADC to set new Customs Union deadline
After missing the 2010 deadline, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will now negotiate a new target date for the transformation of the organisation into a Customs Union (CU), during the 2015 Ordinary Summit.
La coopération économique au premier plan
La diplomatie économique du Royaume du Maroc fait de la promotion des échanges Sud-Sud un choix stratégique du pays
Maximising investment protection in Africa: the role of investment treaties and investment arbitration
In recent years, many African governments have made an effort to improve foreign investors’ protections by entering into many BITs and related agreements with non-African countries
Mwanakatwe joins other African ministers for pre- Continental Free Trade Area launch in Ethiopia
Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister , Margaret Mwanakatwe joined other African Union Ministers of Trade, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for a high level meeting convened by the African Union to prepare for the launch of negotiations for the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA).
Africa steps up dispute resolution
With increased levels of investment into Africa, the number of legal disputes in the continent is also on the rise.
On a free trade mission in Africa
Treasure Maphanga is one of Africa’s most important women, with arguably the continent’s toughest job on her hands: driving the establishment and implementation of a Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA).
Euro-African trade signifies changing relations
From a geopolitical perspective, Europe arguably needs the EPA trade deals with Africa more than Africa does.
US-Africa Summit - Are we up for a new deal?
The US Trade Representative Michael Froman argues for comprehensive trade and investment strategy – read possibly in the future, negotiate reciprocal trade agreements, à la EU-Africa Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) but with more binding investment clauses to protect the interests of US businessmen.
Michael Froman sets stage for Africa summit, AGOA debate
US Trade Representative Michael Froman on Tuesday called for a new “compact” to boost trade and investment with sub-Saharan African nations, as President Barack Obama prepares to meet with 50 African leaders next week and Congress looks at renewing a 14-year-old program for the region.
Rethinking the role of global investment in Africa’s development
Much hope is placed on foreign direct investment to deliver development capital for African countries. Yet FDIs are part of the global financial capitalist system, which maintains and reproduces inequality and keeps African states dependent on Western countries and financial institutions, writes Yash Tandon.
Economic Partnership Agreements and agriculture: the challenges for Africa
African countries that are not LDCs (Least Developed Countries) are now threatened with withdrawal of free access to the European market if they do not ratify an interim agreement with the EU before 1 October 2014
Canada - Africa: Aggressively negotiating treaties
Canada’s Minister of international trade, Ed Fast explains the country’s strategic shift to link development aid with private sector investments.
China’s investment in Africa increases 20.5 pct annually
China’s direct investment in Africa increased from $1.44 billion to $2.52 billion, with an annual growth of 20.5 percent from 2009 to 2012, says a new white paper from the Chinese government
Obama’s Africa trip bolsters US interests
One major US-Africa issue was unresolved as Air Force One left Tanzania’s tarmac: the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), a tariff-free trade deal that was devised during Clinton’s administration and expires in 2015, writes James Reinl for Al Jazeera.
Promoting women’s economic empowerment through gender responsive trade agreements experiences
This report is based on the research done by FEMNET to assess the extent to which trade arrangements between African countries and the European Union facilitate African women’s economic empowerment and realization of their economic rights.
The future of AGOA and US-Africa trade
At a time when the US was struggling to stay on its two feet in the heat of a looming economic meltdown in 2008, were hopes of better trade deals with Africa unrealistic when President Barack Obama was elected into office?