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How African economies perform in terms of trade facilitation?

To help countries benchmark and reduce the time and cost of trading across border, the Regional Commissions of the United Nations jointly conduct, every two years, the UN Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation. The Survey, which currently covers 143 economies around the globe, and 58 measures related to the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), leads to the production of a Global Report and five Regional Reports, covering 5 main regional areas in the world (Africa, Asia and Pacific, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Latin America and Caribbean), whose aim is to provide insightful information on the areas these countries have to focus in order to improve their trade capacity.

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Burundi launches Trade Information Portal

A few week after Tanzania launched its Trade Information Portal, inaugurated on 8 July 2021, also Burundi has inaugurated today a one-stop platform gathering all information in English and French relating to import, export and transit through the country.

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Transport regulatory frameworks harmonization to push the Africa’s transformation agenda

The third African Transformation Report "Integrating to transform", published by the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) explores how to give impetus to Africa’s transformation agenda in the aftermath of the debilitating COVID-19 pandemic that has set back development across much of the continent and undermined progress on reducing poverty. Transport regulation harmonisation is indicated among the key sectors where to promote convergence, in view of a reduction of trade costs.

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Maritime transport systems essential for the growth of intra-Africa trade

An interesting article published on the Maritime Executive notes that the growth of intra-Africa trade under the AfCFTA will depend more and more in future on the African States’ ability to increase the efficiency, capacity and safety of their maritime transport systems.

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New edition of the WTO World Tariff Profiles published

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) issued the latest edition (2021) of the World Tariff Profiles, a statistical yearbook made in collaboration with the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) with information on both tariffs and non-tariff measures imposed by the 164 WTO members, plus other countries and customs territories.

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