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Tripartite Task Force Chairpersonship rotates to the EAC

During the 33rd meeting of the Tripartite Task Force held virtually on 8 June 2021, the Chairpersonship of this body was handed over from SADC to the EAC. The Tripartite Task Force serves as the Secretariat of the Tripartite Policy organs and its main role is to coordinate the implementation of the Tripartite Free Trade Area (FTA) work programme. It is made up of the Chief Executives of the three RECs and rotates annually among the three.

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World Bank prioritizes the Horn of Africa in its approach for regional integration in Africa

The World Bank Group has updated its Regional Integration and Cooperation Assistance Strategy (RICAS 2021-2023) by prioritizing cross border issues in fragile zones in Africa, including the Horn. The WB support will be focused on increasing regional connectivity in the areas of transport, energy and digital infrastructure. It will also promote trade and market integration through trade facilitation in regional economic corridors, technical assistance for roll out of the AfCFTA, support to regional value chains and integration of financial markets.

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The importance of national implementing strategies for a successful AfCFTA implementation

During a meeting held in Addis Ababa from 14 to 15 May 2018, the Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, highlighted the need for each AU member State to develop specific AfCFTA national strategies as a critical step for the AfCFTA Agreement to be operationalised, so that this agreement will deliver its expected outcomes.

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Industrialization in Africa: growing, but not uniformly distributed

According to the study Strengthening Africa’s capacity to trade published by the World Trade Organisation (WTO), since 2000, most of African countries have maintained their structure of commodity-dependent countries, recording, as a continent, the highest growth rate (70 per cent) in the number of agricultural product categories exported, compared to others regions in the world. The report also reveals that the number of industrial product categories exported from 2000 to 2017 increased by 70 per cent, recording the strongest growth rate in industry export diversification between 2000 and 2017, followed by Asia (31 per cent) and America (17 per cent).

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Assessing the reliability of counterparts in international transactions: the Kenyan i-Screen system

The i-Screen Kenya portal is a solution developed in Kenya by Kentrade (a state-agency under the National Treasury and Ministry of Finance that is mandated to facilitate cross border trade), to offer the Kenyan trading community a web-based tool for assessing the reliability of potential trading partners abroad so to minimize cases of frauds in international transactions.

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