Assessing Regional Integration in Africa

ECA Policy Research Report

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This report provides a comprehensive evaluation of the state of Africa’s integration process, showing where efforts have succeeded or failed including why intra African trade remains low; and how lack of macro-economic policy convergence and insufficient infrastructures hamper integration.



Opportunity and necessity

In the last three decades African countries have pursued regional integration arrangements to accelerate their economic development. Although such arrangements hold promise for individual countries and the continent as a whole, they require economic analysis of costs and benefits, to inform expectations about what such arrangements can realistically achieve—and to help them succeed.


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