Economic Integration: to Expand or to Deepen?

January 14, 2016

This brief seeks to examine the various geographically proximate African FTAs in the context of analyzing the deeper and expand models of economic integration and endeavor to indicate which of the two is likely to prevail. The compelling discussion in the brief is on the real or potential of either or both models and their robustness in driving economic integration in the continent. The brief as well highlights some of the persistent challenges that are holding Africa’s integration thus denying it measurable gains. European Union integration experiences are weaved in by way of underlining important lessons for African integration.

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Topics: ECONOMIC COMMUNITY OF WEST AFRICAN STATES (ECOWAS) SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY (SADC) COMMON MARKET FOR EASTERN AND SOUTHERN AFRICA (COMESA) EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY (EAC) REGIONAL INTEGRATION

Agreements: SOUTHERN AFRICAN CUSTOMS UNION (SACU)

Regions: AFRICA

Authors: GERALD AJUMBO

Publishing Institution: AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK

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