ECOWAS Parliament Members Reaffirm Commitment to Fight Counterfeit Medicines

April 18, 2017

Members of the Economic Community of West African States' (ECOWAS) parliament's Committee on Health and Social Service and Committee on Trade, Customs and Free Movement held a joint session... READ MORE


Africa looks to boost growth and jobs with free-trade area

December 1, 2016

Six years ago it took almost three weeks for a shipping container to travel the 1,100km from the Kenyan port of Mombasa to Kampala, the Ugandan capital. While poor infrastructure did not help, the del... READ MORE


Regional before global: A value chain approach to industrialisation in West Africa

November 22, 2016

Sustainable Development Goal 9 calls for a commitment to “build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.” Are regional value chains a relev... READ MORE


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


Free trade a concept that remains elusive in Africa

March 4, 2016

Last week we looked at visa openness in Africa and concluded that the continent remains largely closed with its citizens requiring visas to travel to 55% of other African countries. This week we take... READ MORE


CFTA negotiators establish their launch pad

February 29, 2016

The first meeting of the Continental Free Trade Area Negotiating Forum (CFTA-NF) laid the groundwork for upcoming substantive negotiations on Africa’s largest free trade area. Negotiators are... READ MORE


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


West Africa: FAJ Challenges Gambia Repressive Media Laws in Ecowas Court

December 9, 2015

The Federation of African Journalists (FAJ), the African Group of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), has filed a legal claim before the Court of the Economic Community of West African... READ MORE


Assessing Regional Integration in Africa: Towards an African Continental Free Trade

June 1, 2012

African Union Heads of State and Government have adopted and are pursuing regional integration as an overarching continental development strategy. The vision at the continental level is to achieve... READ MORE


Assessing the Economic Impact of the ECOWAS CET and Economic Partnership Agreement on Ghana

January 1, 0215

Ghana is currently facing two major trade policy adjustments - the economic community of West African states (ECOWAS) common external tariff (CET) is a significant milestone within the long history... READ MORE