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Africa & Middle East

Bilateral deal-making involving governments of Africa and the Middle East.

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Namibia launches AGOA strategy to increase tariff-free exports to the United States
The strategy seeks to increase Namibia’s exports under the AGOA program, which allows Namibia to export over 6,400 products tariff-free to the United States.
How trade deals explain the behaviour of West African elites
The political survival of ruling elites is one of the major determining factors behind their trade policy choices.
Congolese port users welcome Kenya, DRC trade deal
Congolese businessmen hope that the trade, transport and security deals signed between Kenya and the DRC will lead to increased business for them at the Port of Mombasa.
Tunisia ready to participate in the COMESA free trade regime
Tunisia is ready to fully participate in the COMESA Free Trade Area regime (FTA) one year after giving notification of participation in the trade regime in March, 2020.
Botswana launches revised AGOA strategy
The revised African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) National Response Strategy for Botswana remains one of the mechanisms towards economic diversification and SME sustainable development
MPs want CS Maina summoned over ’secret’ sugar importation deal
MPs drawn from the sugar belt region now want Parliament to summon Trade CS Betty Maina over what they term a ’secret’ sugar importation deal with Uganda. They said the importation will kill the local industry.
US says China has fallen short on ‘phase one’ intellectual property commitments
The US criticised China for failing to fulfil commitments it made in the “phase one” trade deal a year ago to improve protections for the intellectual property of American companies.
US keen to complete Free-Trade talks with Kenya, Blinken says
President Biden’s administration is “looking forward to continue the ongoing discussions with regard to our FTA,” Blinken said Tuesday in a virtual meeting with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Iran, Turkey to revise preferential trade agreement signed in 2015
Iran and Turkey are negotiating to revise a major trade deal signed six years ago as the neighbors seek to offset trade losses suffered in recent years because of the US sanctions on Iran and the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
Ghana: minister calls for establishment of Ghana - Canada business council
The Ghanaian Minister of Trade and Industry has called for the establishment of a Ghana-Canada Business Council, to promote trade between the two countries.

    Links


  • African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) legal texts and policy documents
    Tralac’s page on the African Continental Free Trade Area
  • SEATINI Uganda
    The Southern and Eastern Africa Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI) is a regional non-governmental organization founded in 1996 soon after the WTO Singapore Ministerial Conference — mainly focusing on WTO, but also bilateral and regional trade negotiations in Africa.
  • SEATINI Zimbabwe
    The Southern and Eastern African Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI) is an African initiative to strengthen Africa’s capacity to take a more effective part in the emerging global trading system and to better manage the process of globalization.