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For 2021 a virtual celebration of the International Customs Day

On 26 January 2021, at the WCO's headquarters, the 2021 Anniversary of the International Customs Day was celebrated. The International Customs Day is a yearly occasion where the international customs community gathers together at the WCO headquarters, in Brussels, Belgium, to discuss a particular topic , summarized with a slogan, that will be successively developed and deepeened within a series of events to be organised during the year.

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Zambia becomes the 9th country to ratify the Tripartite Free Trade Area Agreement

Zambia has deposited in December 2020 its instrument of ratification for the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) Agreement with the COMESA Secretariat, a process that is going slow, as since 2015, when the TFTA was launched, only 9 countries have made the Agreement legally effective (and binding) in their respective territories. The TFTA Agreement needs a total of 14 ratifications to enter into force.

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New ITC report sheds light on e-marketplaces in Africa

A new International Trade Centre (ITC) report analyses opportunities for online marketplaces in Africa to be better integrated in African economies.

Online marketplaces are booming in Africa, where they are becoming the driving force in the growth of e-commerce, that significantly expanded the potential for remote sales as a reaction to COVID restrictions. Consumer traffic on online marketplaces in Africa is still low, but has vast untapped potential.

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African Union launches the African Trade Observatory

The African Union has launched the beta version of a new online portal, still under development, that provides updated and reliable data aimed, among other things, to inform business and policy decisions and to monitor the implementation process of the AfCFTA and its impact.


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From UEMOA an online platform for monitoring trade barriers in the Region

The Trade Obstacles Alert Mechanism (Mécanisme d’alerte aux obstacles au commerce MAOC), allows traders to report a trade barrier in the UEMOA (Union Economique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine) Region and to monitor their solving process. UEMOA already developed in 2006  an “Observatory of Abnormal Practices”, (Observatoire des Pratiques Anormales) to monitor harassement practices along the main West African corridors.

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