Assessing regional integration in Africa VI

Harmonizing policies to transform the trading environment

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This publication comes at a time of renewed enthusiasm for shortening the period of the vision of the Abuja Treaty. The publication's overall objective is to provide analytical research that defines frameworks for African governments, the African Union and the Regional Economic Communities, towards accelerating the establishment of the African Common Market through: the speedy removal of all tariff and non-tariff barriers, obstacles to free movement of people, investments and factors of production in general across Africa, and through fast-tracking the creation of an African continental Free Trade Area.



Harmonizing and strengthening trade facilitation measures and programmes

Africa’s dependence on overseas trade of more than 80 per cent, and intra-African trade of just 10 per cent, contrast sharply with other regions: intraregional trade in North America is 40 per cent and in Western Europe is 60 per cent. If Africa trades more with itself, it can take advantage of shorter travel distances, but to make good on this natural advantage it must do more to remove tariff and non-tariff barriers and boost its industrial base.


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