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Assessing Regional Integration in Africa II

Rationalizing Regional Economic Communities

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This report examines the effectiveness of Africa’s regional economic communities in pushing forward the regional integration agenda towards the objectives of the Abuja Treaty establishing the African Economic Community. A fully functioning African Economic Community will remove all barriers to movement of people, goods and services across the continent, thereby creating a single economic space. The report examines the critical role that institutions in general can play in achieving policy objectives, and the specific role that African institutions perform. The analysis focuses on the regional economic communities, which have been designated by the African Union as the building blocks for achieving the African Economic Community.

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Strengthening the rationalization framework

The design and structure of a rationalization frame work is important for the integration agenda to succeed. In addition to a well thought out implementation plan for the rationalization of the regional groupings, mechanisms are needed to strengthen the entire process. Support should focus on four main activities:

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