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 rules of origin across Africa

The envisaged CFTA will be one market; one market needs one set of rules of origin. This chapter thus addresses the important issue of harmonizing rules of origin to anchor the CFTA. It examines the rules of origin regimes in five of the eight main RECs and highlights the important COMESA–EAC–SADC Tripartite negotiations on rules of origin as a building block for crafting continental rules of origin. It also draws lessons from practices elsewhere in the world, particularly the EU.


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