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African Union: New PIDA Priority Action Plan launched

The African Union Commission (AUC) in partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the AU’s development agency, AUDA-NEPAD, has launched the process aimed at identifying the priority projects of continental interest for the period 2021-2030 that will be included in the new Priority Action Plan (PAP2) of the Programme for infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), the AU’s strategic framework for the development of regional infrastructure in Africa in the 1) Transport, 2) Energy, 3) Transboundary Water, and 4) Telecommunication/ICT sectors until 2040.


Regional integration in Africa: new monitoring tool launched

Following the recent release of the African Regional Integration Index (ARII 2019) report (revised on 21 May 2020), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has launched the Africa Regional Integration Index Platform, a dedicated website for monitoring performances and progress in terms of regional integration in each African country, in the eight Regional Economic Communities (RECs) recognised by the African Union and, more generally, in the African Continent.


WTO: 2020 Annual Report released

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) published on 28 May its latest Annual Report, the document that provides a comprehensive summary of the activities carried out by the Organisation during the period 2019/early 2020.


Joint WCO-OTIF-OSJD statement on responding to the impacts of COVID-19 on cross-border railway transport

The heads of the World Customs Organization (WCO), the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF) and the Organisation for Co-operation between Railways (OSJD) on 15 May 2020 issued a joint statement highlighting the need to facilitate railway transport and railway supply chains in order to mitigate the overall impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.


From TFAF a comprehensive COVID-19 Trade Facilitation Repository

During the COVID-19 crisis, trade facilitation has emerged as a key factor for promoting international trade efficiency and ensuring the unobstructed flow of goods in a period where restrictions on the movement of persons and goods have escalated for health-protection and disease prevention reasons. Mechanisms adopted to maintain the flow of safe cross border trade are being used as key policy tools by all the nations worldwide to address the challenges brought by the current global pandemic. The World Trade Organisation in 2014 created the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement Facility (TFAF) at the request of developing countries (DCs) and least-developed countries (LDCs), to facilitate the receipt of assistance they need to effectively implement and reap the full benefits of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, approved by WTO members at the 2013 Bali Ministerial Conference and entered into force on 22 February 2017 following its ratification by two-thirds of the WTO membership. Operational since 27 November 2014, the TFAF has supported so far many DCs and LDCs to assess their specific needs and to identify possible development partners to help them meet those needs.


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