It is our pleasure to share with you our new report on “Facilitating Cross-Border Trade Through a Coordinated African Response to COVID-19”. The report provides a critical assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on cross-border trade and the related interventions and guidelines put in place to support “safe” trade amid the pandemic. Regional economic communities (RECs) have played a crucial role in coordinating the responses to the pandemic of their Member States, with a view to facilitating the free and timely flow of cross-border trade, and this is recognised in the report which includes a comparative assessment of existing REC COVID-19 trade facilitation guidelines.
In this context, we would like to invite you to participate in a Webinar on “Facilitating Cross-Border Trade and Transport Amid COVID-19” that will take place 11:30-13:30 on 10 September 2020. COVID-19 may remain the “new normal” for some time, and African governments and the private sector will need to adapt and innovate in order to facilitate new “safe” ways of conducting cross-border trade. At the same time the pandemic presents an opportunity to reinvigorate efforts targeted at overcoming Africa’s longstanding trade facilitation challenges.
The Webinar will officially launch ECA’s above-mentioned report and present the preliminary findings of ECA’s new collaborative project with UNCTAD and UN Regional Commissions on the Impact of COVID-19 on Transport and Trade in Africa. This will be followed by remarks from three high-level speakers and an interactive questions and answers sessions.
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Facilitating cross border trade through a coordinated African response to COVID 19
Regional Cooperation: Impact of COVID-19 on Transport and Trade in Africa
11:15 – 11:30 Login and connectivity check;
11:30 – 11:35 Welcoming remarks, Mr. Stephen Karingi, Director, Regional Integration and Trade, ECA;
11:35 – 11:55 Report launch: Facilitating Cross-Border Trade Through a Coordinated African Response to COVID-19, Mr. Stephen Karingi, Director, Regional Integration and Trade, ECA;
11:55 – 12:15 Presentation: Regional Cooperation - Impact of COVID-19 on Transport and Trade in Africa Mr. Soteri Gatera, Senior Economics Affairs Officer, ECA;
12:15 – 12:45 High-level discussants;
12:45 – 13:25 Questions and answers;
13:25 – 13:30 Closing remarks Mr. Stephen Karingi, Director, Regional Integration and Trade, ECA.