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.



Trade experience beyond Africa

The world has witnessed the flourishing of regional agreements over the past five decades. Of these, only a few, such as those of the European Union, can be considered to have achieved impressive progress in achieving their goals. Some have done better than others in improving regional integration, there by benefiting their populations and countries. Identifying the success stories and achievements of the regional economic communities (RECs) that are role models may be valuable to latestarters in advancing their own regional integration agendas.


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