TRALAC - Trade Law Centre

Latest News

Africa becomes key matter of focus under Trump presidency

Africa becomes key matter of focus under Trump presidency

Trump has talked about Europe, Asia, Central America, and the Middle East but has barely mentioned sub-Saharan Africa. In the unclassified four-page document submitted to the Department of State by the Trump Team, obtained by the New...

24 January 2017
Implications of Trump presidency for Africa

Implications of Trump presidency for Africa

With the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, a new chapter has opened in United States-African relations. His emergence raised fundamental questions about what is likely to change in America’s role...

24 January 2017 | LEKE SALAUDEEN
Too early to speculate on US trade policy, says South African auto body

Too early to speculate on US trade policy, says South...

It is too early to speculate on the effects the incoming Trump administration may have on automotive trade between South Africa and the US, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director Nico...

17 January 2017 | Irma venter
Should US exports to Africa be duty free?

Should US exports to Africa be duty free?

Recently renewed by U.S. President Barack Obama, the African Growth and Opportunity Act allows qualifying African countries to export certain products to the U.S. duty free. American exports to Africa are subject...

16 January 2017
US widens its lead over UK as top importer of Kenyan goods

US widens its lead over UK as top importer of Kenyan goods

The United States has strengthened its position as Kenya’s third-largest export destination — making it Nairobi’s most valuable economic partner outside East Africa. Kenya’s exports to the US grew seven per cent to Sh35.3...

12 January 2017 | NEVILLE OTUKI
South Africa: Government must act on poultry industry crisis, says trade union body Cosatu

South Africa: Government must act on poultry industry...

Cosatu on Wednesday said it was deeply concerned by the pending jobs blood bath in the poultry industry, and also alarmed by government's "deafening silence" on a matter of the utmost national concern. This comes after Rainbow Chickens...

11 January 2017
'Letting down Lesotho'

'Letting down Lesotho'

For much of her childhood, Ntaoleng Moloi’s father was like a ghost. He missed birthdays and first days of school, family jokes and first snows. Months and then whole seasons passed without his presence. It felt, at times, like he was...

30 December 2016 | Mick O’Reilly
2016 a big year for the US-Africa partnership

2016 a big year for the US-Africa partnership

It has been an encouraging year for our partnership with Africa. Alongside our African partners, we have made significant progress advancing democracy, peace, and prosperity throughout the continent, though challenges, of course, remain....

29 December 2016 | LINDA THOMAS-GREENFIELD
Africa, trumped by bigger priorities

Africa, trumped by bigger priorities

On 8 November, a long, drawn-out election cycle that spilled across borders and caught eyes across the world finally came to a close—and Donald J. Trump is the next President of the United States. The result took many by surprise, and...

08 December 2016 | Sarah Owermohle
Rwanda's plan to increase AGOA exports

Rwanda's plan to increase AGOA exports

AGOA holds promise that Rwanda can bring down its ballooning import bill, but low production and fierce competition coupled with logistics challenges remain a major impediment. To deal with the challenges, Rwanda will introduce policy,...

08 December 2016 | Kabona Esiara
Workers in Lesotho demonstrate to 'save AGOA'

Workers in Lesotho demonstrate to 'save AGOA'

An estimated 20,000 workers have taken part in demonstrations in Lesotho in a bid to end political instability that threatens the southern African nation's duty free access to the US through the African Growth and Opportunity Act...

07 December 2016 | Leonie Barrie
UNECA to continue supporting member states with trade negotiations skills

UNECA to continue supporting member states with trade...

The inaugural Africa Trade Week ended Friday in Addis Ababa with the Economic Commission for Africa's Principal Economic Adviser, Joseph Atta-Mensah, urging the ECA and its partners to continue to empower African Member States in the art...

05 December 2016
Lesotho: 'The US finally did something right in Africa - and it's about to stop?'

Lesotho: 'The US finally did something right in Africa -...

For much of her childhood, Ntaoleng Moloi's father was like a ghost. He missed birthdays and first days of school, family jokes and first snows. Months and then whole seasons passed without his presence. It felt, at times, like he was...

05 December 2016 | Ryan Lenora Brown
The future of US-SA business relations in a post-election world - US Ambassador Gaspard

The future of US-SA business relations in a post-election...

South Africa’s success is a necessary condition for the progress of the African continent, according to outgoing United States ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard. He was speaking at the Gordon Institute of Business Science...

30 November 2016
African countries should align AGOA and their developmental integration agenda - Minister Davies

African countries should align AGOA and their...

The (South African) Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies has emphasised the importance of export diversification and industrialisation in Africa. He was speaking in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he was moderating the Africa Trade...

30 November 2016
Uganda: Experts tell govt to promote exports

Uganda: Experts tell govt to promote exports

Trade experts have said government needs to emphasise export trade rather than aid. Speaking during an Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) training workshop for the private sector and government agencies at Lake View Resort Hotel...

30 November 2016 | Felix Ainebyoona
First ever Africa Trade Week opens in Addis Ababa

First ever Africa Trade Week opens in Addis Ababa

The first ever Africa Trade Week opened in Addis Ababa today with the Economic Commission for Africa's David Luke, urging participants to come up with solutions to unanswered questions about the Continental Free Trade Area. Speaking on...

28 November 2016
Nigeria: Stakeholders worried about AGOA project under Trump’s regime

Nigeria: Stakeholders worried about AGOA project under...

Stakeholder has expressed fears that Donald Trump’s emergence as United States (U.S.) president will pose a major threat to African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA), urging Federal government to boost non oil sector and eliminate export...

24 November 2016 | Helen Oji
Nigeria: NEPC strategises to bridge skills gap, participation in AGOA

Nigeria: NEPC strategises to bridge skills gap,...

In a move to bridge skills gap and aid Nigeria’s participation in the extended African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), Executive Director of Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Olusegun Awolowo said the agency will continue...

23 November 2016 | Kingsley Jeremiah
'Can trump dump Africa?'

'Can trump dump Africa?'

Since Barack Obama was elected US President in 2008, Africa has considered him one of its own and has welcomed the various initiatives, like Power Africa, that have been put forward under his administration. But on November 8th, rather...

17 November 2016 | Richard Li
'Trump effect on Africa'

'Trump effect on Africa'

We can only speculate as to what extent the Donald Trump administration could affect the African continent. However, we believe the two main areas of concern based on Trump’s election rhetoric are foreign trade and US foreign...

17 November 2016 | Kathy Davy
Trump and Africa: reciprocity will be key

Trump and Africa: reciprocity will be key

President elect Donald Trump made scant mention of Africa during his campaign: in fact, his engagement with the continent has thus far been limited to a handful of Twitter posts. As such, any efforts to discern his Africa policy at this...

16 November 2016 | SHANNON MANDERS
Botswana: Women in business urged to utilise AGOA

Botswana: Women in business urged to utilise AGOA

Women in business have been encouraged to take advantage and participate in the lucrative US preferential trade scheme known as the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) for better profits. African Women’s Entrepreneurship...

14 November 2016 | PINI BOTHOKO
Africa waits and wonders on Trump's foreign policy

Africa waits and wonders on Trump's foreign policy

Across Africa, the approaching presidency of Donald Trump has provoked deep uncertainty over how the United States will pursue policies ranging from counter-terrorism and trade, to aid and climate change. Many African countries had high...

12 November 2016
Botswana advised to establish AGOA office

Botswana advised to establish AGOA office

Speaking this week during the validation workshop of the draft AGOA strategy in Gaborone, George Makore said the AGOA office should be headed by a coordinator to be assisted by experts in export development, investment promotion, and...

11 November 2016 | SAAC PINIELO