Continental Free Trade Area Matter for Africa

Continental Free Trade Area Matter for Africa

  PACCI - Continental Free Trade Area Matters for Africa Conference   The African Chambers...

Economic Issues in the SADC Region

Economic Issues in the SADC Region

  EXECUTIVE SUMMARY   A World Bank Report in February 2001 established that in the period...

Tripartite Free Trade Areas - Regional Private Sector Dialogue

Tripartite Free Trade Areas - Regional Private Sector Dialogue

Report on the Regional Private Sector Dialogue on the Tripartite Free Trade Areas Birchwood...

What future now for the SADC Tribunal?

What future now for the SADC Tribunal?

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SADC Summit - Priorities for SADC's regional economic intergration agenda

SADC Summit - Priorities for SADC's regional economic intergration agenda

Priorities for SADC's regional economic intergration agenda This Policy Brief starts from the...

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Continental Free Trade Area Matter for Africa

PACCI C-FTA
 
PACCI - Continental Free Trade Area Matters for Africa Conference
 
The African Chambers of Commerce Conference took place on 28th and 29th November, 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Conference was entitled "The Continental Free Trade Area Matters for Africa". 
 
The main points that emerged from the conference were: 
  • The private sector is the key player in promoting regional cooperation and integration because it often is the impetus for economic, social and political initiatives that boost trade within Africa and beyond. The private sector’s drive and enthusiasm throughout the continent has now begun to spread to the global stage as its new focus is positioning itself as leading and vital advocate for investors throughout Africa.
     
  • Without fully understanding the extent of existing trade barriers it is not possible to successfully change policy that constrains trade. It is crucial to create a data-base with a list of non-tariff barriers. Chambers of commerce can cooperate in collecting this information at the national level.
     
  • There is need for governments to concentrate on investing in infrastructure and facilitating trade so that it moves across borders efficiently. Investing in new technology so that trade facilitation is computerised should be given increased attention.
     
  • It is important to collect and share best practices from Africa and beyond concerning trade and related policies, and to continously explore institutional mechanisms that enhance trade.
     
  • Under the right market conditions and by devising inclusive business models, the private sector in Africa can lift millions of people out of poverty and contribute to economic development.
     
  • A much closer relationship needs to encouraged between chambers of commerce, private sector institutions, and companies for a significant and vibrant business community to evolve. In Africa the chambers of commerce should strive to become the main route of communication for the private sector and regional organizations such as the AU and UNECA.
     
  • There is need to strengthen business associations to increase their capacity so that they can interact with governments in a more strategic and focused manner and for them to provide services to their members that are relevant and add value.
     
  • A large part of trade today takes part within value chains, so open markets are vital for more efficient trade transportation, international standards, better communication and new technology that will reduce costs and boost intra-Africa trade.
     
  • Africa should seriously work on facilitating free movement of people and capital to advance the continent’s economic and social integration.
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Meetings and Events

Written on 07/02/2014, 00:04
continental-free-trade-area-matter-for-africa   PACCI - Continental Free Trade Area Matters for Africa Conference   The African Chambers of Commerce Conference took place on 28th and 29th November, 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Conference was entitled "The Continental Free Trade Area Matters for Africa".    The main...>READ MORE>>
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Written on 02/07/2013, 13:21
economic-issues-in-the-sadc-region   EXECUTIVE SUMMARY   A World Bank Report in February 2001 established that in the period 1998-1999, Sub-Saharan Africa experienced a negative growth of 1%, that more than 300 million people in Africa live on less than US$ 0.65 per day and that 25 million Africans are HIV-infected....>READ MORE>>
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Written on 09/03/2013, 21:53
tripartite-free-trade-areas-regional-private-sector-dialogue Report on the Regional Private Sector Dialogue on the Tripartite Free Trade Areas Birchwood Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa, 25-26 February 2013 The objective of the meeting was to enhance the understanding and participation of the private sector in the TFTA negotiations. On the...>READ MORE>>
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Written on 22/08/2012, 21:50
what-future-now-for-the-sadc-tribunalWhat future now for the SADC Tribunal? A plea for a constructive response to regional needs   The Summit in Maputo last week (17 – 18 August 2012) decided the fate of the SADC Tribunal; at least as far as individual complaints against governments for human rights violations are...>READ MORE>>
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Written on 20/08/2012, 07:43
sadc-summit-priorities-for-sadc-s-regional-economic-intergration-agendaPriorities for SADC's regional economic intergration agenda This Policy Brief starts from the premise that regional economic integrationmakes sense for Africa; a continent characterised by small markets, smalleconomies and small countries. The creation of an integrated economic spacecan...>READ MORE>>
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