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Regional trade agreements in Africa: success or failure?

de Melo, Jaime (2013) Regional trade agreements in Africa: success or failure? International Growth Centre Blog (03 Dec 2013). Blog Entry.

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Regional trade agreements (RTAs) have been proliferating in the past three decades, reflecting among other things the increasing involvement of developing economies in international trade. In Africa, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, the first RTAs were established as mechanisms that would facilitate the continent’s unity in post-colonial times. Even today, the majority of African RTAs go beyond the economic objectives of increased industrialisation and trade, aiming at promoting democracy, preventing regional conflicts, harmonising institutional development, etc.1 The economic performance of most African RTAs has not met the expectations of member countries, partly due to below-potential market integration that reflects high trade barriers. However, beyond the removal of trade barriers, when combined with political benefits, the potential deep-integration outcomes of RTAs in Africa can substantially contribute to the inclusion of these economies in global value chains.

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Additional Information: © 2013 The Author
Divisions: International Growth Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2017 12:54
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 10:48

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