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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.
Zambia ratifies tripartite free trade area agreement
Zambia has become the latest country to ratify the Tripartite Free Trade Area, bringing the number of countries that have ratified the agreement and deposited the instruments to nine. The agreement, being pursued by COMESA, the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), needs a total of 14 countries to enter into force.
Zambia hopes to build a free trade deal with Turkey
Zambia wants to sign a free trade deal with Turkey, according to the ambassador of the southern African country, while also inviting Turkish businessmen and the private sector for investment in Zambia.
Zambia will only sign up for African Free Trade Area after thorough engagements with local stakeholders
Trade Minister welcomes collaborations from various partners to create awareness and prepare the private sector and the common man for the agreement.
Zambia says not ready for some protocols of continental free trade agreement
Zambia did not sign the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) as it was still conducting internal negotiations on some protocols in the agreement.
Zambia ratifies the tripartite free trade area agreement
African policy makers have for a long time taken keen interest in the promotion of intra-regional trade in order to bring about development in the continent.
COMESA tackles maize trade
The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has launched a roadmap that will address differences in standards and regulations that hinder regional trade in maize.
Zambia, DRC agree on free trade
Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo have signed a bilateral trade agreement that will see enhanced trade between the two 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).
COMESA, ZRA launch virtual trade facilitation system
Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) have launched the COMESA virtual trade facilitation system (CVTFS) aimed at tracking the movement of cargo to curb illicit trade.
Govt, COMESA act to boost AGOA exports
The Zambian government in collaboration with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has put in place a committee which will look at ways and means of increasing exports to the Africa Growth Opportunity Act market in the United States of America.
Zambia: State to determine EPA stance
Zambia, as chair of the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) states negotiating with the EU, has commissioned an impact study of the EPA in ESA countries to be ready in July. Then, each ESA state will decide whether to sign or not.
‘COMESA should settle tariff issues on sugar’
Zambia Sugar Plc has expressed concern at the non-application of tariffs on sugar imported outside the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) as it is displacing regional producers.
Customs regime: Is it vital for Zambia?
The history of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) began in December 1994, when it was formed to replace the Preferential Trade Area (PTA), which had existed from the earlier days of 1981.
Canada strengthens its ties with Africa by concluding negotiations of bilateral investment treaties
On March 4, 2013, the Minister of International Trade of Canada announced the conclusion of the negotiations of Bilateral Investment Treaties with Cameroon and Zambia — home of iron ore, copper and other mineral deposits.
‘Prickly’ issues must be resolved before signing EPAs
Government will continue negotiating with an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU) in an effort to resolve the contentious issues before signing the agreement.
ESA bloc ready to negotiate with EU
Government says the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) regional grouping is dedicated to negotiating with the European Union (EU)’s Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) that meet the expectations of member countries.
CTPD urges govt to halt EPAs talks
The Centre for Trade Policy and Development (CTPD) has said the government should halt further negotiations over the Economic Partnership (EPAs) with Europe.
‘Silver lining’ around EPAs
“EPAs are a divide-and-rule tactic being advanced by Europe for selfish interests and Malawi will not sign until all concerns are addressed and I know all these manoeuvres since I was among the pioneers of regional integration,” says President Wa Mutharika.
Zambia: Economic Partnership Agreements - for the rich or poor?
The signing ceremony of the Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the East and Southern Africa Bloc to which Zambia belongs, raised some eyebrows, but also drew attention to something deeper when Zambia and other members refused to sign.