Assessing Regional Integration in Africa IV

Enhancing Intra-African Trade

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The publication seeks to address the pressing issues that are negatively affecting trade amongst African countries. It undertakes a comprehensive empirical analysis of intra-African trade to determine why it has remained consistently low over the past decades. The report proposes concrete recommendations, to be implemented by member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), members of the private-sector, and other stakeholders in Africa’s development. It also analyses the various policy issues and other factors that have affected intra-African trade.



Looking ahead: ARIA IV conclusions and recommendations

ARIA IV analyses the status of intra-African trade, its progress and the challenges that still must be addressed in legal, policy, institutional and infrastructural capacities at the national, regional and continental levels. The role of other essential requirements in ensuring successful trade reforms has been articulated. These requirements include information and communications technology (ICT), the informal economy, external trade agreements (specifically the EPAs) and the role that gender plays in trade, especially in driving the informal economy.


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