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Africa & Middle East

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


US, African officials prepare for post-AGOA trade future
The United States wants to pave the way for a free trade agreement between Washington and sub-Saharan African countries.
Africa: Statement of USTR Robert Lighthizer at the opening plenary of the 2018 US-sub-Saharan Africa trade and cconomic Cooperation forum (AGOA forum)
USTR Robert Lighthizer believes the time is right to pursue free trade agreement negotiations with AGOA eligible countries.
Kenya eyes bigger pie of US trade plan Agoa to increase exports
Kenya’s trade officials have said they will be taking steps to expand exports and raise the country’s share of new investments during the second edition of Trade Week at the end of this month.
Trump administration looks toward the future US-African trade and investment relationship
The US hopes to build on AGOA’s success by strengthening bilateral trade relationships in sub-Saharan Africa with the goal of establishing a free trade agreement that could serve as a model for developing countries.
New gov’t maintains position on FTA deal with Turkey
The Jordan-Turkey agreement will be terminated in November 2018.
AfCFTA: Stakeholders seek safeguards against imports, dumping surge
Stakeholders in the Organised Private Sector have called for safeguards against a sudden surge in imports that may follow Nigeria’s eventual signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement.
Singapore’s Deputy PM in Rwanda for a two-day working visit
Singapore and Rwanda will sign an agreement on bilateral investment treaty.
Jordan to re-assess EU association, relaxed rules deals
Jordan is planning to conduct a study to assess the economic impact of the EU Association Agreement and the EU deal on relaxed rules of origin to Jordanian industries.
Jordan to end Turkish free trade agreement
The deal was suspended in March, but the following month Jordan announced it was willing to reactivate the agreement provided Turkey agreed to meet certain conditions.
The free trade myth
Eschewing the ACFTA and EPA may be a blessing in disguise for Nigeria.

    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.