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West Africa strengthens information exchange and coordination among law enforcement agencies

In recent periods, West Africa has emerged as a hot spot for criminal activities, especially drug smuggling, human trafficking and international terrorism. Its geographical location on the Atlantic Ocean makes this region a transit hub between Africa, Europe and the Americas. Hence, improving security in this area is not only a matter of regional, but also global interest. Implemented by INTERPOL with funding from the European Union, the West Africa Police Information System (SIDAO/WAPIS) Programme aims at strengthening information exchange and coordination among the region’s law enforcement agencies (Police, Gendarmerie, Customs, Immigration Services, etc.) in the 15 ECOWAS Member States, Mauritania and Chad, supporting their efforts in preventing and combating transnational organised crime and terrorism.

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SADC adopts revised guidelines on harmonisation and facilitation with SOPs for the Management and Monitoring of cross-border road transport

At the extra-ordinary Council of Ministers Meeting held on 23rd June 2020, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has approved: 1) Revised Regional Guidelines on Harmonization and Facilitation of Cross Border Transport Operations across the Region, and 2) Regional Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Management and Monitoring of Cross Border Road Transport at Designated Points of Entry and Covid-19 Checkpoints.

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COMESA to enter into the piloting phase of the Electronic Certificate of Origin System

The COMESA Electronic Certificate of Origin (eCO) is one of the tools developed under the COMESA Digital Free Trade Area (DFTA) initiative, aimed at replacing the current paper-based and manually-released certificates of origin being used by COMESA importers for preferential trade within the COMESA Free Trade Area, with electronic certificates that will simplify their issuing, circulation, and verification processes, that are quite burdensome in all COMESA countries. The certificate of origin is like a passport for goods that proves that the product is originating from a certain country. Such certificates are the precondition for accessing to preferential customs duties rates when imported in another country which is member of the same Free Trade Area to which the country where goods are originating is part.

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UNCTAD, World Investment Report 2020 edition released

Due to the spread of COVID-19 at global level, global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows are predicted to decline up to 40% in 2020, with a further 5% to 10% reduction in 2021. A recovery is expected only in 2022, led by global value chains (GVCs) restructuring for resilience, replenishment of capital stock and the expected world economy rebound once the crisis will end. Developing economies are expected to see the biggest fall in FDIs because they rely more on investment in GVC-intensive and extractive industries, which have been severely hit, and because of their limited capacity of putting in place the same economic support measures that have been adopted by developed economies. Anyway, all will depend on the duration of the health crisis and on the effectiveness of policies aimed at mitigating the pandemic’s economic effects.

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Desk Africa: assistance to business in Africa

Desiderio Consultants Ltd., in collaboration with Opera Ltb starts a new project of assistance to businesses wishing to settle or make business in Africa. We are a network of experts in law, tax, trade, customs, company registration, transportation & immigration.

Desiderio Consultants Ltd., in collaborazione con Opera Ltb. avvia nuovo progetto di assistenza alle imprese che desiderano installarsi o fare affari in Africa. Siamo una rete di esperti in diritto, fiscalità internazionale, commercio, dogane, registrazione societaria, trasporti e immigrazione. Per ulteriori informazioni visitate il sito.

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