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Summary, key messages and policy recommendations

Assessing Regional Integration in Africa VII (ARIA VII) reviews the relationship between regional integration, innovation and competitiveness. These three elements may not at first seem linked, and competitiveness seems more usually related to efforts to integrate national economies into regional arrangements. But closer review reveals several ways the three interact dynamically. By knitting together networks of institutions, people and markets—the essentials setting innovation in motion—even a loose connection between two or more nations is bound to facilitate innovation and related creative activities. The cross-pollination of ideas and experiences greatly benefits innovators, who can use their enhanced knowledge to adapt ideas and apply them to push beyond the current frontiers of innovation— contributing to competitiveness within the bloc.

Related Subject(s): International Trade and Finance
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