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Algeria-Morocco rift another blow to Africa’s free trade aspirations
Algerian Foreign Affairs Minister Ramtane Lamamra’s announcement on 24 August of a new break in diplomatic relations with Morocco is another setback for free trade and free movement on the continent.
Do international trade and investment agreements generate regulatory chill in public health policymaking? A case study of nutrition and alcohol policy in South Africa
Given the potential for wider use of the ISDS mechanism, strategies to protect public health policy space in the context of both international trade and investment treaty and dispute settlement contexts remain important.
China Is the biggest winner from Africa’s new free trade bloc
AfCFTA was supposed to usher in a new era of continental trade and economic growth—but Beijing’s not letting that happen.
Russians warn of arbitration against South Africa
RUSSIAN attorneys have warned they will institute international arbitration proceedings against South Africa for failing to protect their client Transasia Mineral’s investment after the company was allegedly defrauded of R458 million by a local businessman.
AfCFTA rules of origin talks drag
The full rollout of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is being delayed as countries haggle over the overarching agreement on rules of origin and tariff reduction schedules.
SA poultry farmer is a big advocate of AfCFTA agreement
Founder of Peezel Farms believes South African poultry farmers need new markets as they continue to be undermined by current regulations which allow some foreign countries to dump their chicken products in the country.
Africa will fail to reach free-trade goals without new rules and infrastructure
Policy changes are needed to facilitate the faster and seamless flow of goods and services across borders.
African Continental Free Trade Area: A pipe dream or silver bullet?
Current realities are likely to counter the expectations that the AfCFTA is some kind of silver bullet that will transform Africa, sweeping away decades of embedded dysfunction and challenges.
Mustaqeem de Gama, South African Mission in Geneva: “It is a bad idea for any African country to consider signing the Energy Charter Treaty”
Joining the Energy Charter Treaty is not in the public interest, according to South Africa’s government. It has also cancelled other agreements that allowed foreign investors to sue their state. This has not stopped investors from coming, says Mustaqeem de Gama.
Biden faces South African push to extend trade concessions
South Africa’s preferential market access to the U.S. is under review, however, the country is apprehensive about striking a new trade deal with the U.S. and would rather maintain existing relations with the world’s largest economy.
Can SA trust the EU’s commitment to fair trade?
All too often SA is condemned by the EU, Brazil and others for implementing necessary trade defence measures against unfair competition. But it is interesting to observe how the EU, a culprit of dumping in SA, fights to protect itself against dumping at all costs.
African Continental Free Trade Agreement: Red tape delays start of trading under new pact
All SACU members need to ratify the AfCFTA before any of its members can start trading under it. ECOWAS States were facing the same problem.
New SA trade agreements now effective
Friday marked the start of trade for South African firms under two new trade agreements, the trade and industry and competition department (dtic) said.
South Africa raises poultry-import tariffs, drawing US ire
The announcement immediately drew criticism from the US government, which previously threatened to exclude South Africa from a preferential trade agreement after a disagreement over the levies in 2015.
South Africa could lose $4.5bn under new African trade deal
The country’s tariff income is at risk under the deal, which requires African member countries to lower or cut tariffs.
S.Africa plans summit to finalise continental free trade agreement
South Africa will in May hold an extraordinary summit of the African Union to finalise a continental free trade agreement.
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.
African Continental Free Trade Agreement: Will the SA beef industry benefit?
The agreement will have positive spin-offs for the SA beef industry, said one of South Africa’s leading beef producers.
Vietnam et Afrique du Sud discutent d’un accord de libre-échange
Les deux parties ont échangé des solutions pour augmenter la valeur d’échanges commerciaux bilatéraux dans les temps à venir dont la diversification des produits à l’export, la possibilité pour élaborer un accord de libre-échange bilatéral.
Will Africa’s free-trade area live up to the hype?
Africa is moving towards a more integrated, rules-based trade regime, but this is unlikely to transform the continent’s economic prospects