Reflections on the Implementation of the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement

Volume
6,
Number
3
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17 May 2017
17 May 2017
More than three years after its adoption at the Bali ministerial conference, the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) entered into force in February 2017. The time has now come for the multilateral trade body’s African member states to set in motion their implementation efforts. According to...
17 May 2017
As regional economic integration gathers pace in Africa, how can trade facilitation be leveraged to spur the economic growth and development necessary for its implementation? Is the TFA the answer? Have you ever considered how competitive a country would be if donkeys and camels were the primary...
17 May 2017
For Africa, the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) brings potential benefits but also significant challenges. How can we ensure that the TFA is a development tool for the continent? Since the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) on 7 December 2013 in Bali, some have insisted on the new obligations it...
17 May 2017
What is the value addition of the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement to ongoing trade facilitation processes in Africa, and how could it contribute to regional integration on the continent? Regional integration has been part of Africa’s development strategy for many decades – indeed for more than a...
17 May 2017
How does the entry into force of the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) in February 2017 affect African countries’ efforts to join and move up global value chains (GVCs)? The WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) provides a new global benchmark for customs and border procedures. Its...
17 May 2017
Trade-related barriers constitute one of the major causes of food insecurity in Africa. How can the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement help facilitate agricultural trade and improve food security on the continent? Trade in agriculture is remarkably low in most African economies compared to the...
17 May 2017
Trade in Services Negotiations: A Southern African Perspective – ICTSD – May 2017 This paper explores the regional and international services negotiating landscape that impacts on the countries of the COMESA-EAC-SADC region. It also delves into how services negotiations can be harnessed to drive...