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WTO completes first Trade Policy Review of Seychelles

The WTO Secretariat completed the Trade Policy Review of Seychelles. This is the first review since Seychelles accessed to the WTO, on 26 April 2015. All WTO members have their trade policy reviewed by the Organization, the frequency of which varies depending on a country’s share of world trade. The frequency of the review process can be 3, 5 and 7 years. For Seychelles the review is every 7 years.


Proposed Kenya-USA FTA in contravention of principles of the EAC Customs Union

In July 2020, the government of Kenya started negotiations with the United States for the conclusion of a bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Such negotiations were initiated to ensure to Kenya a more stable access to the US market, due to the imminent expiration of the AGOA (in 2025), a unilateral (non-reciprocal) preferential trade arrangement of which Kenya is beneficiary that allows eligible least developed and developing countries from Sub-Saharan Africa to export duty free and quota free to the US market a series of products corresponding to about 2000 product lines of the Harmonised System.


A glossary and a private sector mapping study to support AfCFTA implementation

The AfCFTA Secretariat and the International Trade Centre (ITC), during the Africa Industrialization Week held in Niamey (Niger) from 20-25 November 2022, launched a publication titled “Understanding the African Continental Free Trade Area: a glossary” to facilitate the understanding of the Agreement. The AfCFTA glossary, which is not yet available on-line, has been produced with input from the private sector and explains 100 AfCFTA-related technical terms to help especially small firms to better understand the legal provisions and technical rules of the Agreement. During the same event, ITC and the AfCFTA Secretariat also announced the conclusion of a mapping exercise of the African private sector to understand the challenges faced by small businesses on the Continent by identifying the characteristics, level of competitiveness and constraints of African firms, including the performance and degree of interconnectedness of regional Business Support Organizations (BSOs).


What is needed for the AfCFTA to be successful: a perspective from African CEOs

An article published by the Chairperson of the Pan-African Private Sector Trade & Investment Committee (PAFTRAC) gives a summary of the outcomes of the recently adopted PAFTRAC CEO Trade Survey 2022. The report reveals that in order to take full advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), African companies need that three key conditions are in place:


Drivers of industrial development in Africa: inaugural African Industrialization Index (AII) launched

A new report published by the African Development Bank (AfDB) in collaboration with the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) analyses the status and gaps of industrial development in Africa, as a foundation for economic growth and for developing exports and economic diversification.


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