Tuesday 15 January 2019

Caroline B Ncube

New year, new (blog) kid on the block - AfronomicsLaw

I heard from Prof James Gathii about Afronomicslaw.org, a blog launching today on African international economic law. I know AfroIP readers will be keen to follow this blog, particularly where it comments on IP matters. IP and trade are major considerations within the context of AfCFTA which I have commented on here. Interestingly, the first posts on the blog pertain to AfCFTA. Head over to Afronomicslaw and thank me later!

Here's some more info on the blog from Prof Gathii:

"The blog will complement the growing and important voice of scholars interested in international economic law with a focus on Africa. It will also offer policy makers, practitioners and others interested in these issues a forum to insightfully engage and reflect on developments on international economic law more contemporaneously.

The blog will host featured symposiums on topical themes and on books. It will also highlight relevant news and forthcoming events.

The first feature symposium on the blog is on a new trade treaty in Africa - the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA). The inaugural contributor to the AfCFTA symposium is Dr. David Luke, the Coordinator of the African Trade Policy Center of the Economic Commission, (ECA), in Addis Ababa. The ECA provides support for AfCFTA negotiations at the request of the African Union Summit. David Luke’s post makes the case for the AfCFTA.

With the launch today, two additional blog posts have been posted. One relates to the implications of AfCFTA on ongoing reforms of international investment law in the SADC region. The other examines the extent to which the AfCFTA addresses informal cross border trade. Informal cross border trade comprises a large proportion of intra-African trade. Every day for the next week and a half a new blog post on the AfCFTA symposium covering a discrete issue will be posted.

Our social media handles are:
Twitter: @afronomicslaw
Facebook: Afronomics Law

Caroline B Ncube

Caroline B Ncube

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