Entries by Wincate Mithini


South Africa’s DTI calls for the finalisation of AfCFTA tariff schedules so to meet Implementation Date

Source: thedti.gov.za One of the immediate tasks of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is to ensure that the tariff schedule listing all products covered by the agreement for tariff liberalisation and the indispensable rules of origin are finalised to ensure that the implementation date of 1 July 2020 is met. Therefore, the current […]


Economic Impact of the COVID-19 on Africa

Source: uneca.org For the detailed documentation (PDF) The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) on Friday warned the unfolding coronavirus crisis could seriously dent Africa’s already stagnant growth with oil exporting nations losing up to US$ $65 billion in revenues as crude oil prices continue to tumble. Speaking at a Press Conference in Addis Ababa, ECA […]


Gender Mainstreaming in AfCFTA National Strategies: Why it Matters for the SDGs

Trading under the historic African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is scheduled to begin on 1 July 2020. Hailed as a game-changing agreement, with the potential to propel Africa’s socio-economic transformation, the AfCFTA will play a significant role in anchoring the 17 SDGs. The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has recognized the unparalleled opportunities […]


AU urges leveraging continental free trade area towards silencing guns in Africa

A senior official of the African Union (AU) has noted that leveraging the African continental free trade area (AfCFTA) contributes to silencing the guns in Africa, through the process of delivering broad-based prosperity on the continent. The 33rd AU summit is being held under the theme, Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development, […]


How Emerging Markets Will Shape Africa in 2020 (WEF)

In recent years, Sub-Saharan Africa has increasingly traded old friends, like the US and the European Union, for new ones in emerging markets. Since 2006, the region’s exports to the US have declined by 66%, while exports to countries such as Russia and Turkey have doubled and tripled respectively. This shift in partnerships comes as […]

Africans Urged to Carefully plan and execute preparatory work for the success of Single Window System

Source: www.uneca.org The government of The Gambia, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) are holding a technical workshop on the Gambia’s national AfCFTA implementation strategy. Experts from the public and private sector, representing government, civil society, young people, women and academia will meet from 17-18 December in Banjul, the Gambia. […]