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Concluding remarks by the Chairperson
WTO, 27 October 2017 

The first joint Trade Policy Review of the eight member countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) has allowed us to deepen our understanding of the regional and national economic and trade regimes, as well as their developments since 2011. More...


Govt scraps customs pact with DRC to boost cargo trade
IPP Media, 26 October 2017 

TThe move follows complaints that the agreement has resulted in shipment clearances at the Dar es Salaam port now taking too long, prompting many clients to switch to Mombasa, Beira and Durban. More...


1st EAC Development Partners Forum Kicks off in Arusha
EAC, 26 October 2017 

The 1st EAC Development Partners Consultative Forum kicked off at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania today. The EAC called the forum purposely to share with Development Partners the 5th EAC Development Strategy and priorities for the Financial Year 2018/2019. More...


Liechtenstein donates CHF 40,000 to enhance negotiating skill-set of developing countries
WTO, 24 October 2017 

The government of Liechtenstein is contributing CHF 40,000 to help developing countries and least-developed countries (LDCs) participate effectively in global trade negotiations. This donation to the WTO’s Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund will finance training workshops for officials in Geneva and in the regions to help them better understand and implement WTO Agreements. Since the creation of the fund in 2001, over 2500 workshops have been organized. More...


WTO delegation to review Egypt’s trade policies in February – Daily News Egypt
Africa Report on Business, 24 October 2017 

A high-level delegation from the World Trade Organization (WTO) arrived in Cairo on Sunday for a five-day visit to discuss the WTO’s draft report on Egypt’s trade, economic, and investment policies. More...


Azevêdo updates ACP group on preparations for Ministerial Conference
WTO, 18 October 2017 

Director-General Roberto Azevêdo attended a meeting of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States’ Ministerial Trade Committee in Brussels on 18 October to discuss preparations for the WTO’s Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires in December.  More...







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