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Cross-border market in Chirundu border expected to increase governments’ revenues

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Secretariat, and the Government of Zimbabwe, have signed a Euro 920,544.28 sub-delegation agreement to construct a cross-border market at the Chirundu border post between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Chirundu is the first functional and fully operational One Stop Border Posts (OSBPs) in Africa. Located between Zimbabwe and Zambia, the Chirundu OSBP is a great attainment in the Continent, from which many lessons have been learned in view of the implementation of similar OSBP projects in Africa.


Cross-border digital payment systems to reduce barriers to international trade for LDCs

joint paper from the World Trade Organization (WTO), the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least-developed Countries and Small Islands Developing States (UNOHRLLS) and the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) outlines the opportunities offered by digital trade to reduce barriers to international trade for Less Developed Countries (LDCs), so to overcome the obstacles that SMEs and startups in such countries typically face.


Tax neutrality critical for the good functioning of the EAC Customs Union and Common Market

While customs duties on EAC-originating goods have been completely eliminated in intra-EAC trade, unharmonised excise duties levied on the movement of goods and services across the region continue to restrict trade, creating an unlevel playing field between traders and preventing the EAC Partner States from reaching a deeper level of integration. A recent study made by KPMG for the East African Business Council (EABC) takes stock of the discriminative taxes that currently exist in the EAC Partner States, assessing their impact on intra-EAC trade and investment, and trying to draw lessons from the experience of the European Union in harmonizing such a type of taxes.


AfCFTA: what you need to know

A new booklet from the Africa Trade Policy Centre of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa gathers a series of frequently asked questions on the main features and objectives the African Continental Free Trade Area, trying to answer them in a language that is accurate but also non-technical and accessible at the same time.


Namibia to host the Tripartite TRIPS and CMTS systems

Today (28 February 2023) a celebration was held in Namibia for the official launch of the Transport Register and Information Platform System (TRIPS) and the Corridor Trip Monitoring System (CMTS). Namibia will host the ICT infrastructure and the servers of the two systems, which are currently piloted in four Tripartite member States: Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe, to be soon joined by Malawi and Mozambique where they are currently being installed.


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