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AfCFTA and possible solutions to spur infrastructure development for growth of intra-Africa trade

A new study from Supply Chain Africa (a digital media platform that aims at advancing African supply chains byshedding light on supply chain stories, best practices and models for change), analyses how the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will impact global supply chains through the increase of intra-African trade and foreign direct investment. This is not the first study of this type. Already the International Trade Centre (ITC) issued a report, elaborated in close collaboration with the African Union Commission and the European Commission, that identified 94 value chains where African countries have a comparative advantage or high export potential that can spur industrialization.


Implementation of a Single Windows based on the ASYCUDA approach : a guide from UNCTAD

A new publication from UNCTAD explains step-by-step the process of implementation of a Single Window interface within the ASYCUDA system with the advantages that such interface offers. ASYCUDA is a customs management system developed by UNCTAD that allows the electronic processing of customs declarations and the exchange of data and documentation between Customs, cross-border agencies and traders. Adopted by many African Customs, it accelerates the clearance of imports, exports, transit trade and other trade transactions, thereby reducing the need for face-to-face interaction.


Which future for regional integration in Africa? No strong institutions, no party

An interesting post published on the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) analyses the role that the African Union is expected to play in 2024 and in the following years, in the light of the perduring weaknesses of this institution after more than 20 years since when, on July 9 2002, African Heads of State and Government met in Durban (South Africa), to welcome the birth of the continental organization. The African Union (AU) is weak because member states keep avoiding to relegate powers to the AU Commission, the post comments, recalling a statement from the Chairperson of the AU Commission.


Namibia completes its first-ever Time Release Study (TRS) report for the Walvis Bay Port

At the beginning of December Namibia completed and launched its first-ever Time Release Study (TRS) report for the Walvis Bay Port. The report was prepared by a Technical Working Group made up of representatives from the Namibia Revenue Agency and different Ministries and other Government Agencies through the analysis of data extracted from the Customs Automated system (ASYCUDA World), complemented by a survey addressed to the private sector structured with the support of the World Customs Organization (WCO) whose form is annexed to the TRS. The Study provides a series of recommendation on how to improve the clearance process at the Walvis Bay port.


Direction of African trade flows expected to significantly change with AfCFTA, new research paper notes

A paper from the Research Centre for International Economics (FIW) of the Austrian Institute of Economic Research analyses trade flows between Africa and other third countries and territories, examining the dynamics that will characterize such flows following the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area.


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