Harnessing the potential of the services sector in Africa

Volume
5,
Number
4
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18 May 2016
19 May 2016
As countries across the African continent are striving to set in motion the structural transformation of their economies, understood as the shift to higher-value added economic activities, the services sector could play a pivotal role. The economic importance of services has significantly increased...
19 May 2016
If Africa is to fully realise the benefits of development, services must play an enhanced role in its structural transformation and economic growth processes. This will require addressing some of the pitfalls underlying the regulation of Africa’s infrastructure services sector. Services have a...
19 May 2016
What are the business challenges that need to be addressed in the CFTA services negotiations and how to engage with the private sector in this process? Is it possible for the agreement to embrace pro-competitive regulatory disciplines? What are the possible options for a successful conclusion by...
19 May 2016
How can SME service providers in Africa become key drivers of job creation and inclusive growth, and contribute to their countries’ socio-economic transformation? Today’s rapidly-changing world, fuelled in particular by ongoing advances in technology, is becoming a rich source of new economic...
19 May 2016
After ten years of increasing support, how best can the Aid for Trade (AfT) initiative support countries to develop competitive services domestically, and encourage the growth of services exports? Since its launch at the WTO’s Hong Kong ministerial conference in 2005, the Aid for Trade (AfT)...
19 May 2016
Mega-regional trade agreements erode WTO centricity and carry significant risks for countries excluded from the negotiations. The international community must identify ways to minimise these risks and find ways to ensure these trade deals can instead be a source of new opportunities, even for...
19 May 2016
EU trade chief calls for building on Nairobi momentum The results from last December’s WTO ministerial conference went well beyond expectations, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said in Geneva on 2 May, reiterating recent calls for the organisation’s members to draw on this momentum and...
19 May 2016
Chinese imports from Africa: the impact of the recent commodity price declines – TRALAC – May 2016 The objective for this paper is to examine Chinese imports from Africa during 2015 and assess the extent to which falling global commodity prices have contributed to changes over more recent import...