18 results about AFRICA


NEWS

Small-Scale Cross-Border Trade in Africa: Why It Matters and How It Should Be Supported

June 5, 2018

Small-scale cross-border trade can play a fundamental role in contributing to poverty reduction and food security across Africa. How can it be supported to ensure that it delivers its full deve... READ MORE

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Supporting Small-Scale Cross-Border Traders Across Africa

June 5, 2018

Small-scale cross-border trade – often referred to as informal cross-border trade – is a pervasive phenomenon in Africa. As such, it holds fundamental social and economic development im... READ MORE

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The African Continental Free Trade Area: An Opportunity for Informal Cross-Border Trade

June 5, 2018

How can African countries use the African Continental Free Trade Area to overcome the existing challenges to informal cross-border trade and harness the potential of such trade to support incom... READ MORE

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West African Cross-Border Trade: Trends and Opportunities

June 5, 2018

Cross-border trade is not a new phenomenon in West Africa. What are the major changes that made it evolve over time? And which barriers still hinder its development?
 

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Ratification of African Continental Free Trade Area Gets Underway

May 24, 2018

Two months after over 40 nations signed a framework agreement for an African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), signatories are now beginning the ratification process, while also looking at the... READ MORE

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African Leaders Launch Continental Free Trade Area

March 22, 2018

African leaders gathered at an extraordinary summit of the African Union (AU) in Kigali, Rwanda, on Wednesday 21 March to launch the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), with high hopes ac... READ MORE

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How Can the CFTA Help Africa Respond to its Economic Transformation Imperative?

February 15, 2018

Despite the substantial growth of their economies over the last decades, many African countries are still struggling to transition to higher value-added economic activities. In a global trade c... READ MORE

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African Leaders Prep for Summit on Continental Trade Deal

February 8, 2018

African national leaders concluded the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union last week, with the summit adopting a series of decisions on issues related to continental economic... READ MORE

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Botswana to sign Tripartite Free Trade Area Agreement

January 26, 2018

The Tripartite Free Trade Area comprise of 26 countries from the three (3) Regional Economic Communities of COMESA, the EAC and SADC. The Tripartite Free Trade Area consists of a combined populatio... READ MORE

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Africa’s first digital free trade area for rollout in 2018

January 8, 2018

Businesses within the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) could save up to $450 million in clearance documentation once the bloc adopts blockchain technology for clearing imports... READ MORE

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Africa’s CFTA trade accord holds promise in spite of barriers

December 20, 2017

Africa is proving to be one of the arenas for moving regional trade negotiations forward. 

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African Countries Make Headway Towards the Creation of the CFTA

December 8, 2017

African countries concluded an intense month of talks as part of the negotiating process towards the establishment of the Continental free trade area (CFTA), with the fourth Meeting of African Mini... READ MORE

RESEARCH

African Integration: Facing up to Emerging Challenges

December 20, 2016

This paper examines the key elements bearing upon regional integration in Africa. It argues that integration should be conceived as a a means to respond to the development aspirations of societies... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Regional Integration and High Potential Value Chains in West Africa

December 20, 2016

This paper aims to provide an understanding of West Africa’s potential for participation in GVCs. Upgrading strategies require identifying value chains in which West Africa has existing capab... READ MORE

RESEARCH

African Regional Integration Index Report 2016

May 5, 2016

Regional integration is a development priority for Africa. All Africans, not just policy makers and decision makers, have a role to play in making integration a reality for the continent. Integrati... READ MORE

RESEARCH

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... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Innovation, Competitiveness and Regional Integration: Assessing Regional Integration in Africa VII

January 1, 2016

Assessing Regional Integration in Africa VII examines how the three elements of regional integration, innovation and competitiveness are interlinked. It explores the prospects for harnessing them w... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Safeguard Measures in Multilateral and Regional Trade Agreements

October 14, 2015

Safeguard measures are designed for application when sudden and unexpected import surges cause or threaten to cause harm to domestic industry; recognising that even fair trade can negatively affect... READ MORE