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HoAI Secretariat publishes regional Trade Facilitation Roadmap for the Horn of Africa

From 6 to 7 April 2022, the Horn of Africa Initiative (HoAI) Secretariat, together with the African Development Bank, the World Bank, the EU Commission, a representation from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and delegations of officials from the Ministries of Trade, Finance, Transport and of the revenue/customs authorities of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Djibouti, met in Nairobi in a Trade Workshop to elaborate a consolidated matrix identifying priority actions that HoAI countries governments should pursue in the short and medium term in order to facilitate trade and increase regional integration in the Horn.


Zambia Small-Scale Cross Border Trade report published

During the period 2019–2021, the Zambia Statistics Agency (ZamStats) conducted a Small-Scale Cross Border Trade Baseline Survey (SSCBT) to analyse cross-border informal trade flows at the country’s borders, and specifically, at four (4) selected border posts (Kasumbalesa, Nakonde, Mwami and Chirundu), where such a kind of trade is continually increasing. A recently published report presents the findings of such survey by describing the magnitude of small-scale cross border transactions occurring at these borders. Additionally, information is provided on the composition of commodities transacted under SSCBT, with an estimate of trade flows in terms of values and quantities, an analysis on the direction of trade (i.e. country of destination/origin), its gender composition and of the means of transport used (e.g., bicycles, motorbikes, etc).


WTO concludes fifth review of the trade policy and practices of Ghana

The World Trade Organisation concluded the fifth trade policy review of Ghana between the 21 and 23 June 2022. The WTO report shows as the country main imports originate from the European Union, followed by China (whose imports are continually increasing) as well as other Asian countries. Conversely, import from other African countries had progressively declined during the period 2014-2019 from 11.2 to 10.4 percent. Regarding exports, the main destination of Ghanaian products are Switzerland, South Africa, India, China, the United Arab Emirates and the European Union, mostly represented by metals and agricultural commodities in raw form or with little level of transformation (e.g., gold, manganese, crude petroleum, cocoa, etc.).


Tripartite railway line plans (DRC, Burundi and Tanzania) gain momentum

The Ministers of transport of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi and Tanzania have approved on 12 June 2022 the report of the steering committee on the construction of a high speed electrified Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) that will connect three countries from Uvinza, in Tanzania, to Kindu, in Eastern DRC, through the cities of Musongati, Gitega, Bujumbura and Uvira, with trains that will travel up to a speed of 160 km/h (for passenger transport) and 120km/h (for cargo). Tanzania, Burundi and DRC already signed an MoU on the implementation of the project end of January 2020 which was recently revised on Mar 7, 2022.


Zambia and DRC agree on 24 hour border operations at main border crossing points

During a bilateral meeting on the traffic situation at the Kasumbalesa Border held on 9 June at the Protea Hotel in Chingola, in the Zambia's Copperbelt Province, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have agreed that with effect from 10th June, 2022, revenue authorities and other border agencies of both countries will extend operations at the Kasumbalesa, Sakania, Mokambo and Kipushi border posts on a 24-hour basis.


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