Nairobi hosts consultative meeting in preparation for AfCFTA Phase II negotiations

The African Trade Policy Centre of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA),the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD)and the African Union Commission(AUC)areholding aseries ofconsultative meetings in Nairobi, Kenyato initiate research onthe 9thedition of the Assessing Regional Integration in Africa (ARIA9).

This particular edition will prepare analytical work to informtheAfCFTAPhase II negotiations.

TheARIA 9 report will address thethree topicsof theAfCFTAPhase II negotiations: a)Competition policy, b) Investment; c)Intellectual property rights; andadditionally look at the case ford)Digital trade and e-commerce.

During the meetings, there will be presentations of case studiesincludingonthe experiencesof the RECsacross eachof thesethemes whichwill build a discussionon possiblepolicies and their characteristics in each of the four subjects, as well as their developmental potential.

Concluding each theme will be a comparative analysis of the case studies from which recommendations will be drawn forthe Africancontinental context.

Theoutput from theconsultativemeetings aspirestoform theintellectual groundwork underpinning the phase II negotiations, butalsoinform futureAfrican negotiations with other trading partners and negotiations elsewhere in the world.

The meeting, which ran from16 to 27thJuly,willbring together experts from the African Union Commission,Economic Commission for Africa,UNCTAD, AfDB, Overseas Development Institute, International Arbitration Africa, Centre for Trade Policy and Law, Cape Town University, CUTS, ARIPO, OAPI, ECOWAS, EAC, COMESA Competition Commission, SADC, among others.

Source: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa