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Trade Liberalization, Investment and Economic Integration in African Regional Economic Communities towards the African Common Market

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This report reviews the progress in African regional integration processes, suggesting an option for revising the timeframe for accelerating continental integration. Several recommendations related to accelerating integration; the need for a development-driven regional integration; the focus on export value addition and diversification in manufactured goods and services; and, enhancing competition policy and attracting more foreign and domestic investment have been made. This report concludes that there is an urgent need to expand integration with regards to international trade.

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Acknowledgements

This report was prepared under the supervision of Mina Mashayekhi, Officer-in-Charge, Division on International Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities jointly with Elisabeth Tankeu, Commissioner of Trade and Industry, African Union Commission for the Sixth Ordinary Session of the Conference of African Union Ministers of Trade, 29 October to 2 November 2010, Kigali, Rwanda.

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