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2nd EA Business and Entrepreneurship Conference calls for promotion of cross-border investments
Tralac, 15 December 2017 

The second edition of East African Business and Entrepreneurship Conference & Exhibition themed Accelerating Industrialization, Innovation and Investment in the EAC was held from 14th-16th November 2017 at Serena Hotel in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. More...


At MC11, new research shows convergence on rules of origin is happening
Tralac, 15 December 2017 

A new study presented at the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) 11th Ministerial says countries’ rules for determining a product’s origin are increasingly similar, which is good news for the global trading system. More...


Global e-commerce policy work to continue despite no deal at WTO’s MC11 meeting
Tralac, 15 December 2017 

UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi says talk of inclusive e-commerce and development must go beyond words if developing countries are to reap the benefits. More...


Africa 2017 Forum sets strong development agenda
African Business Magazine, 15 December 2017 

The Africa 2017 Forum – held in Sharm el Sheikh in early December under the high patronage of President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi of Egypt – brought together seven heads of state and numerous political and economic decision-makers to discuss regional integration and job creation in Africa. More...


The Appellate Body Crisis
Tralac, 15 December 2017 

The dispute settlement mechanism of the WTO has been a major innovation in international dispute settlement. It is often referred to as the jewel in the crown of the WTO system. More...


2017 in trade – green shoots in Africa?
Tralac, 15 December 2017 

Ashly Hope, tralac Research Coordinator (trade in services & regulation), provides an overview of significant regional and global trade-related developments in 2017 and the implications for Africa. More...


A nervous WTO Ministerial in Buenos Aires
Tralac, 15 December 2017 

The word indaba has found widespread use throughout Southern Africa. It refers to an important meeting, usually of like-minded people, to decide matters of mutual concern. More...


At WTO meet, India fumes over attempts to start talks on MSMEs
Business Line, 12 December 2017 

Tempers are running high in the Indian camp over attempts being made by some nations to begin discussions on market access for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) at the World Trade Organisation’s ongoing Eleventh Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires (MC 11). More...






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