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Optimising South African Economic Diplomacy

Barriers to optimising South African economic diplomacy are twofold: 1) more South Africans engaging in small and medium enterprises need to form part of the dialogue, thus strengthening government–business relations is central to achieving economic…

Africa's Trade in Services and the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement

In recent years there has been growing interest in the role and position of the services sector and services trade in structural transformation and development. This is associated with the services sector’s significant share in domestic and global v…

The Digital Economy and Ecommerce in Africa - Drivers of the African Free Trade Area?

This special report looks at the development of the digital economy, and in particular ecommerce, in Africa, against the backdrop of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The AfCFTA, when implemented, will encourage cross-border intra-Af…

Building Capacity for the Development of Factoring in Africa to Accelerate Trade Development and to Support the AfCFTA

This Policy Brief developed by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and the African Export–Import Bank (Afreximbank) explores the opportunities offered by factoring which provides a solution to address the financing gap for Small and Medi…

Factoring in Africa to Support Trade Development: Challenges and Opportunities for Growth through Capacity Development

This occasional paper is about factoring, known as the selling or transferring of accounts receivable to secure funds that are immediately available. The process provides a solution to address the financing gap for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs…

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA): Legal Overview

Regional integration in Africa is seen as a priority by many of the continent’s policymakers and economic stakeholders. With all Africa now signed up to the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), the challenge now is to implement a conti…

La Zone de Libre-échange Continentale Africaine (ZLECAF): Regard Juridique / The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA): Legal Overview

Regional integration in Africa is seen as a priority by many of the continent’s policymakers and economic stakeholders. With all Africa now signed up to the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), the challenge now is to implement a conti…

Preparedness of Local Business Participating in the AFCFTA Agreement Implementation in Ghana

In 2012, at the 18th session of the African Union (AU) from 29–30 January in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, African Heads of State and Government recognized that ‘the promotion of intra-African trade is a fundamental factor for sustainable economic developm…

China's BRI and the AfCFTA: Potential Overlaps, Complementarities and Challenges

African countries have an opportunity to embark on more interconnected trade in the wake of the new African Continental Free Trade Area. This theme of interconnectivity resonates with China’s Belt and Road Initiative, a massive infrastructure and se…

Africa Continental Free Trade Area: How will it Benefit Cross Border Traders?

This Policy Brief seeks to outline the potential benefits the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) presents to cross border traders (CBT). The paper is informed by analysis of the founding documents of the AfCFTA; published research pape…

Mapping the Future of China-Africa Relations: How the Continent can Benefit

China is Africa’s largest trading partner, and deeper China–Africa engagement has the potential to transform the continent’s trade. The establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is set to add significantly to this evolution, …

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