WTO Public Forum – Video and data for ‘The new face of trading Africa’


Young and digital: the new face of trading Africa

– A panel hosted by Trade Experettes and

NEW – With input fromRiwi’s Danielle Goldfarb – video above – on the digital shift in African services trade and data from Marta Bengoa. Look up Marta Bengoa’s slides here. 

 Wednesday 09 October 2019 – 14.45-16.15 – Room F

Join us at the 2019 WTO Public Forum in Geneva. Registrations here.


Marta Bengoa, Associate Professor, University of Johannesburg

Kholofelo Kugler, Counsel, ACWL

Kulé Galma, International Consultant, International Trade Centre

Komi Tsowou, Associate Economic Affairs Officer, African Trade Policy Center, Regional Integration & Trade Division, United Nations, Economic Commission for Africa

Moderator: Iana Dreyer, Founder & Editor, Borderlex

Talking points

The African continent saw among the world’s highest commercial services export rates in 2017, with exports surging by 13% that year – excluding tourism exports. Is this the sign of more to come?

The continent’s governments have been active in boosting continent-wide trade with the African Continental Free Trade Area coming into force in 2019 – will this boost manufacturing and if so what type of manufacturing?

The continent’s young population is plugged into the digital world, opening avenues for creatives and the entrepreneurial minded to supply goods and services globally.

What does this mean for global trade policy? Can the WTO be supportive of Africa’s new ways of engaging with the global trading system?


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