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Economic Development in Africa 2008

Export Performance Following Trade Liberalization - Some Patterns and Policy Perspectives

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This year’s report examines Africa’s export performance after trade liberalization in order to draw lessons for use in the design of future development strategies. It identifies Africa’s weak supply response as the most important impediment to the continent’s export performance, suggesting that future export policies should focus more on ways to increase production for export. The publication proposes some policies that could help Africa to refocus its development priorities on structural transformation in order to increase the continent’s supply capacity and export response.

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Africa’s Export performance following trade liberalization: Agriculture

This chapter analyses the evolution of Africa’s international trade in agriculture following the adoption of trade liberalization policies. Considering that one of the objectives of trade liberalization was to shift relative prices and resources in favour of the tradable sector, how has African agriculture — and, in particular, how have African agricultural exports — performed over the period under review?

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