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Africa & Middle East

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

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Saharan states call for free trade agreements
The Saharan states have called for free trade agreements to help the region achieve peace, stability and prosperity.
Southern Africa: SADC hopeful of India, China trade negotiations
Southern African Development Community (SADC) hopes to start trade talks with China and India at the forthcoming SADC Council of Ministers Consultative Conference in Windhoek, Namibia next month.
Saudi Arabia, Switzerland to sign investment protection accord
Saudi Arabia and Switzerland plan to sign an investment protection agreement during the visit of Swiss Minister of Economy Joseph Deiss to the Kingdom on April 1 this year.
Kenyan manufacturers receive preferential access to Sudan
Kenya has signed an agreement with the Sudanese government to allow its manufacturers to export some goods duty free to Sudan.
Kenya, Sudan to sign trade pact
Kenya and Sudan are set to sign a bilateral trade agreement that may open up the vast Sudanese market to Kenyan entrepreneurs.
Syria, EU hold talks on partnership association pact
Syria and the European Union on Tuesday held talks on means to facilitate the final approval of an association agreement initialled more than a year ago.
Iran, Syria close to free trade agreement
Syrian Minister of Economy and Trade Dr. ’Amir Lutfi, and Iran’s Minister of Housing and Cities’ Construction Muhammad Said Kya met on Sunday to discuss issues connected with the Free Trade Zone agreement and the agreement of Differential Trade, reports the official Syrian news agency SANA.
Kenya and Venezuela sign bilateral trade agreement
Kenya has signed an agreement with the Venezuela government to enhance bilateral co-operation between the two countries.
Kuwaiti delegation kicks off expert-level trade talks with US counterpart
The Kuwaiti Ambassador praised the level of trade relations between Kuwait and the United States, which is considered Kuwait’s largest trade partner, and expressed Kuwait’s hope that the ongoing trade negotiations would lead to a Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
Sudan: Uganda losing out to FTA countries
Uganda is losing business in the Sudanese market because of its failure to ratify the Free Trade Area of the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (Comesa).

    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.