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.



Economic partnership agreements and their potential impact on intra-African trade

The report has thus far demonstrated the performance of intra-African trade overthe years. It has also highlighted its opportunities and challenges. This chapter discusses how the prospects of intra-African trade are likely to be influenced by the changing institutional landscape, occasioned mainly by new bilateral and international trade agreements. Besides highlighting how intra-African trade might be affected by the bilateral economic partnership agreements between Africa and the European Union (EU), it also highlights implications of the negotiations under the World Trade Organization (WTO), especially the Doha Round. The Aid for Trade initiative, which has great potential to address these challenges, is also discussed, given that its success depends on continued cooperation among African countries and RECs that have regional and multilateral financial institutions.


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