News & Analysis: Trade

Burundi reopens borders with Tanzania, suspends mandatory quarantine

“Burundi on Monday said it would reopen its Kobero-Kabanga and Mugina borders with Tanzania, which were closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.”

via The Citizen

South Africa’s WTO ambassador on the logic behind a COVID-19 IP waiver

“South Africa, Mlumbi-Peter said, was fully aware that IP was not the only barrier to ramping up vaccine production. Voluntary licences, technology transfer and the sharing of clinical data as well as trade secrets could all play a part in what she called the toolkit of combating the pandemic.”

via Financial Times

What Happens When the Vaccine Factory of the World Can’t Deliver?

“India stopped exporting COVID-19 vaccines in mid-April, leaving Covax and the 92 low-income and lower-middle-income countries that depend on the program in the lurch. The shortfall is estimated to be at 190 million doses by the end of June.”

via New York Times

TRIPS waiver: US support is a major step but no guarantee of COVID-19 vaccine equity

“The question is how to translate rights under WTO rules into access to medicines on the ground. The 2005 TRIPs amendment has only ever been used once in 2007 when Canada supplied generic antiretroviral drugs to Rwanda. Those involved subsequently criticised the amendment for being overly bureaucratic, costly and complicated.”

via The Conversation

Africa’s ports shrug off COVID-19 and Suez crisis

“Despite the effects of COVID-19 and the recent blockage of the Suez Canal, Africa’s ports are expanding faster than at any time in their history.”

via African Business

Chinelo Anohu: What the Future Holds for Attracting Investment to Africa

COVID-19 Africa Watch talks to Senior Director of the Africa Investment Forum, Chinelo Anohu, about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the AIF’s approach and the overall investment landscape across the continent.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Fake and fraudulent: Cross-border bus passengers can buy forged COVID-19 test results

“In a matter of minutes, Daily Maverick was able to secure two fake COVID-19 test results from two bus companies for a total of R700.”

via Daily Maverick

Survey of Impact of COVID-19 on African Trade Finance

“COVID-19 and related challenges provide an impetus for central bank and capital market regulators to engage with industry, to explore the viability of creating new trade financing capacity via the participation of asset managers and private equity in directing capital to the financing of international trade—including South-South trade and African trade.”

via Afreximbank

Hustle at the Border for Zimbabwean Traders

On top of missed income opportunities caused by the freeze of productive activities, many women traders in Zimbabwe suffered economic losses from goods that have remained unsold and, in many cases, gone to waste because of their perishable nature.

via COVID HQ Africa

Uganda’s coffee exports increase despite COVID-19 market disruptions

“Uganda’s coffee exports have defied coronavirus market disruptions for a straight second month recording growth in value and volume.”

via The East African