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A global trade war

The global trading system is currently experiencing actions by governments not seen prior to the establishment of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), at least not on the same scale.

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Angola ratifies New York Convention on Foreign Arbitral Awards

Angola acceded to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (1958) on 12 August 2016, becoming its 157th Contracting State Party.

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What are the trade implications of ‘Brexit’ for South Africa?

Although the reasons behind “Brexit” are varied, most businesses would just like to know what the impact on them would be.

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UK looks to Commonwealth for trade prosperity

The Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting is taking place in London this week. In addition thereto, the Commonwealth Business Forum is taking place where business leaders of the Commonwealth interact with each other and the respective governments.

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Brexit Scenarios for South Africa

Following the United Kingdom’s (UK) vote to leave the European Union (EU) on 23 June 2016, the UK is faced with a few possible scenarios. These scenarios would then also affect South Africa.

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South Africa remains eligible for benefits under AGOA

South Africa has narrowly avoided suspension from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (“AGOA”). Last night President Obama issued a proclamation revoking South Africa’s impending suspension from AGOA.

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SA's decision to support the disbanding of the SADC Tribunal challenged

The Law Society of South Africa and several others have challenged the decision by President Jacob Zuma (as well as other Ministers) to participate in the suspension of the SADC Tribunal and the signing of the 2014 Protocol on the SADC Tribunal.

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UK votes for Brexit – Trade with SA may suffer

The United Kingdom (UK) narrowly voted to leave the European Union (EU) on 23 June 2016. David Cameron resigned as expected and the markets are reeling. But what does the UK’s decision to leave the EU have to do with trade with South Africa (SA)? Unfortunately, there will be implications for trade between SA and the UK.

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Protection of Investment Act signed by Zuma

On 13 December 2015 President Zuma assented to the Protection of Investment Bill. This follows the South African government’s refusal to renew bilateral investment protection treaties with several EU member countries and the later introduction of what was then known as the Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill in 2013.

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