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COVID-19 is an existential threat to SADC
Back in April 2020, just a month after the reality of COVID-19 arrived on our continent, the Southern African Development Community published a document on how best the bloc could confront the pandemic in its nascent stage.
Investor-state dispute settlement in Africa and the AfCFTA Investment Protocol
With the growing concern over the traditional ISDS system, it is highly unlikely that the AfCFTA will include an ISDS mechanism giving investors access to go to international arbitration under conventional international tribunals.
Sadc takes over Tripartite economic group leadership
Under market integration, 22 countries out of 28 have now signed the TFTA Agreement, while eight have signed and ratified.
Implementation of the Tripartite FTA agreement now in sight
Namibia is the latest to ratify the TFTA agreement. Seven countries are expected to complete the ratification process before the end of this year paving the way for its implementation.
Namibia to launch EPA implementation plan
Namibia is committed to implementing the European Union’s Economic Partnership Agreement, and to launch the plan this year, National Assembly speaker revealed.
SA’s trades with the UK continues unchanged as the UK leaves the EU
The SACUM-UK EPA effectively retains the terms of trade present in the existing SADC-EU EPA.
More countries ratify tripartite free trade area agreement
Namibia has become the eighth country to ratify the Tripartite Free Trade Area. Six more countries are required for the agreement to enter into force.
Cabinet approves ratification of Comesa-EAC-Sadc free trade
Cabinet in Zimbabwe has approved the ratification of the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA).
East African countries turn to neighbours for more trade
EAC’s increased exports to SADC excluding Tanzania was as a result of the increased benefits arising from the membership to the EAC-COMESA-SADC Tripartite.
Africa’s tripartite free trade area to be operational in early 2020: COMESA
The TFTA will also be a building bloc for the African Continental Free Trade Area, COMESA official said.
Rwanda ratifies Tripartite Free Trade Area agreement
Members of the Lower House approved the agreement establishing a Tripartite Free Trade Area among the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, the East African Community, and the Southern African Development Community.
What next after the coming into force of African Free Trade Area
The African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA) will be launched on 7 July 2019 in Niamey, Niger, by the Heads of State and Government at an extraordinary summit of the African Union.
Fresh push for states to ratify the tripartite FTA as deadline draws near
The deadline set by the Tripartite Council of Ministers for member States of three regional economic blocs to sign and ratify the tripartite free trade area lapses this month.
SACU, Mozambique make progress on impending Brexit
Substantial progress has made to conclude a Roll-Over Economic Partnership Agreement between SACU, Mozambique and the UK.
Post-Brexit: What’s holding up a trade arrangement between SA and the UK?
The SA government has been working in the background to ensure that trade arrangements with the UK and EU are uninterrupted while the UK exits from the EU.
Update on the negotiations of a rollover Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) and Mozambique and the United Kingdom (UK)
To avoid trade disruption, SACU+Mozambique and UK have decided to roll-over the EPA into a standalone trade agreement with the UK.
South Africa deposits the instrument of ratification of the agreement establishing the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA)
The deposit of the instrument means that South Africa has formally and legally committed to the TFTA.
Namibia in advanced stage of finalising EPA implementation plan
Namibia’s Presidential Advisor for Private Sector said that Namibia is at an advanced stage of finalising the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) implementation plan and has begun implementing the plan’s crucial aspects.
COMESA welcomes SA’s ratification of the Tripartite FTA
South Africa has ratified the Tripartite Free Trade Agreement, becoming the fourth country to do so after Egypt, Uganda and Kenya. 10 more ratifications are now needed for the Agreement to enter into force.
Slow progress on Tripartite Free Trade Area hurting trade
The slow pace at which member states of the Tripartite Free Trade Area Agreement (TFTA) are committing to the bloc, has derailed the enforcement of the treaty and trade in one of Africa’s largest economic zones.