Strengthening Africa's Capacity to Trade
Open global trade has had positive effects for African industrialization and development. This report looks at efforts to help African countries strengthen their trading capacity and take fuller advantage of the benefits that trade brings.
The report looks into the effects of COVID-19 on Africa, the latest trends in African trade and how the WTO is providing support through the WTO-led Aid for Trade initiative and in areas such as trade facilitation, compliance with regulatory standards for trade, and technical assistance. The report also looks into projects aimed at mainstreaming trade into the national development strategies of African countries.
Keeping markets open and fostering a favourable business environment will be critical to spur renewed investment in Africa and support the continent’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Published in 2021.
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- Executive summary
- Chapter 1: Introduction
- Chapter 2: The effect of COVID-19 on the economies of Africa
- Chapter 3: Trends in trade in Africa
- Chapter 4: Aid for Trade
- Chapter 5: Implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement
- Chapter 6: Standards and Trade Development Facility
- Chapter 7: Intellectual property policy-making
- Chapter 8: Government procurement policy-making
- Chapter 9: Technology transfer for cotton by-products development in eight African LDCs
- Chapter 10: Trade in services
- Chapter 11: Technical assistance activities of the WTO
- Chapter 12: Mainstreaming trade for industrial development in Africa
- Abbreviations and acronyms