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Economic Development in Africa Report 2019

Made in Africa – Rules of Origin for Enhanced Intra-African Trade

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The advent of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) represents a historic opportunity for the continent to boost intra-African trade and accelerate structural transformation. However, this relies on a critical policy instrument: the effective implementation of preferential trade liberalization among the AfCFTA members. Whether in practice African firms will utilize tariff preferences under the AfCFTA depends on a critical factor: rules of origin (RoO) and the net benefits of complying with them. The Economic Development in Africa Report 2019 argues for the adoption of flexible RoO and a strengthening of institutional capacities to ensure an impartial, transparent, predictable, consistent and neutral implementation of agreed RoO.

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Acknowledgements

The Economic Development in Africa Report 2019: Made in Africa – Rules of Origin for Enhanced Intra-African Trade was prepared by Junior Davis (team leader), Constantine Bartel, Bineswaree Bolaky, Milasoa Cherel-Robson, Matthew Heiden, Aminata Loum, Jane Muthumbi, Simon Neumuller, Claudia Roethlisberger, Carlotta Schuster, Giovanni Valensisi and Stefanie West (the report team). The work was completed under the overall supervision of Paul Akiwumi, Director of the UNCTAD Division for Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes.

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