Faced with the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, policymakers and business leaders should use the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to equip African women entrepreneurs with the skills and resources to expand their operations and spur the post-pandemic recovery.

As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing has become increasingly clear: women entrepreneurs in Africa are suffering. National lockdowns, business closures, and travel restrictions have disproportionately affected women entrepreneurs in Africa. …


Yesterday’s G20 Trade Minister’s Communiqué hits all the right notes, but fails to meet the moment, offering precious little by way of tangible commitments or coordinated action.

The week began with the marking — not celebration — of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. A celebration would sit at odds with the parlous state of international cooperation today, with major powers pursuing nativist, beggar-thy-neighbour policies in worrying disregard for institutions and allies.

Perhaps, given such strains, we should be content with the mere fact that G20 Trade Ministers met virtually today for the third time this year. This would…


With the World Trade Organization (WTO) now looking for a new Director-General, now is the time to think big about how to reinvigorate the global trade body, use trade policy to speed the response to COVID-19, and ultimately make the trading system work for people and planet. But what does the appointment have to do with the price of fish?

This week, the WTO begins the formal process to appoint a new Director General. Applicants, beware. Even in the rosiest of economic circumstances, this is not a job for the faint of heart. Heading what is arguably the most important…


Economic disruptions caused by COVID-19 have left small businesses scrambling. Governments and international institutions must do everything in their power to ensure the survival of these enterprises.

Few global supply chains have been spared from COVID-19’s wrath. With public places closed, trade routes blocked, and export restrictions in place, micro-, small-, and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs) and their employees have been among the hardest hit from the economic repercussions of COVID-19. …


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