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ARGUMENT

Teaming up with Oxford academics, Christopher Cramer and John Sender, Arkebe Oqubay (PhD) has co-authored a book on African economic development ...

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COUNTER ARGUMENT

Andrew Mold, from UNECA, and Samiha Showdhury, from the World Bank, challenge the “Oxford View” on three grounds...

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CHECK

It has become truism that free trade will not solve all of Africa’s problems, although it has the potential to lift close to 30 million people out of poverty...

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LEARN

Africa’s agriculture and agribusiness can expand to one trillion dollars in a decade, the World Bank estimates. Ironically, Africa remains a net 19 billion dollars ...

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GUIDE

The free trade area in Africa hardly succeeds in the absence of an integrated high speed rail network covering much of the continent, argues Rowland Ataguba, managing director of Bethlehem Rail Infrastructure ...

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FEAST

For those interested to see the correlation between economic integration, democracy and currency misalignments across exchange rate regimes in Africa, here is an extensive study, a goldmine for data. ...

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African Economic Development

Teaming up with Oxford academics, Christopher Cramer and John Sender, Arkebe Oqubay (PhD) has co-authored a book on Africa...

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FRAMEWORK FOR BOOSTING INTRA-AFRICAN TRADE IN AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES AND SERVICES

Africa’s agriculture and agribusiness can expand to one trillion dollars in a decade, the World Bank estimates. Ironically, Africa remains a net 19 billion dollars importer of agricultural commodities and food in the two ...

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Why the extent of intra-African trade is much higher than commonly believed—and what this means for the AfCFTA

Andrew Mold, from UNECA, and Samiha Showdhury, from the World Bank, challenge the “Oxford View” on three grounds: The comparative analysis fails to compare apple to apple; large scale commodities exports ...

Africa’s free trade area offers great promise. But only if risks are managed with resolve

It has become truism that free trade will not solve all of Africa’s problems, although it has the potential to lift close to 30 million people out of poverty. Africa has, however, a lot to learn from Europe on how the promise of regional trade bloc succeeds. It is about identifying the pitfalls such as tariff, standards ....

Africa tries free trade

The obsession with economic nationalism in Africa gives way to liberalization, argues an op-ed published in Reason. In a decade, the AfCFTA 90pc of tariffs on goods traded between member states will be abolished. By 2035, th...



African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) aims to integrate, diversify and industrialize African economies...



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Africa's new free trade area is promising, yet full of hurdles

Close to 1.4 billion dollars in consumer spending, with a combined GDP of 2.6 trillion dollars; 50pc of the African population will be urbanized in a decade;