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EAC Council of Ministers gives green light to the DRC to join the Community

The EAC Council of Ministers, during their 44th Extra-Ordinary Meeting held on November 22, 2021 in Arusha, Tanzania, formally decided to admit the Democratic Republic of Congo to the East Africa Community.


Kenya plans to establish new OSBPs at land borders with Ethiopia and Somalia

Kenya plans to establish new One-Stop Border Posts (OSBPs) at land borders with Ethiopia and Somalia to spur regional trade.


WTO concludes the fifth review of the trade policies and practices of Mauritius

The World Trade Organisation concluded the fifth trade policy review of Mauritius between the 9th and 11th November 2021. The WTO report shows that Europe remains the main export market for Mauritian products, accounting for some 45% of total exports of goods in 2019-2020, even though this share has declined over time due to diversification of markets. In terms of individual markets, the UK remains the main buyer of Mauritian products, while the US occupies the second place. Conversely, the share of exports to the African market has registered a significant increase from 19.3% in 2014 to almost 27% in 2019-2020, South Africa and Kenya having registered a constant and progressive increase of their imports from this country. Concerning Mauritian imports, more than half of the imports are sourced from the Asian continent, with  China (16.7%) and India (13.9%) occupying the first two places.


World Logistics Passport, a global initiative to reduce cost and time of trade

World Logistics Passport (WLP) is a global, private sector-led initiative designed to smooth the flow of international trade and facilitate market access for traders and freight forwarders who are members to the program. Launched in 2020, the WLP works similarly to frequent-flyer programs used by airlines to encourage customers to accumulate points.


Customs performances in comparison, a survey from WCO and IMF

joint report published by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) presents the results of a survey launched in the period June 2019 - June 2020 by the two organisations to analyse practices and performances of 51 Customs in different regional areas of the world (mainly developing and less developed countries) to identify main areas for policy and administrative reforms, as well as possible technical assistance and capacity building support needs.


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