Towards Africa's own mega-regional: The CFTA

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1
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11 February 2016
12 February 2016
The first negotiating session of the Continental Free Trade Area negotiations will take place later this month, the Commissioner for Trade and Industry of the African Union Commission has announced. This first set of negotiations will lay the groundwork for upcoming substantive negotiations...
12 February 2016
This article suggests key insights to strategically advance the Continental FTA negotiations. The establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) is gaining speed. At last year's African Union Summit, participants agreed to get the CFTA agreement in place by 2017, and to immediately...
12 February 2016
Regional integration and cooperation is the way ahead in Africa, but the latest initiatives such as the TFTA and CFTA will face substantial challenges. Integrating in small groups, while abandoning the linear model of integration, should be the most fruitful approach. Last year saw the launch of...
12 February 2016
This article outlines some predictions about who stands to gain the most from the agreement and what are the implementation challenges ahead. It also considers the prospects for TFTA cooperation on industrial policy, non-tariff barrier elimination, and transport infrastructure development in the...
12 February 2016
The Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) holds incredible potential for the African continent. Greater focus on communications will be required in order for that potential to be realised. In some circles, the benefits of the African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) are well known: the establishment...
12 February 2016
Integrating into the global economy will require Africa to first look inwards: by creating successful regional value chains, African economic actors might become competitive enough to enter global value chains. The widespread claim that globalisation largely benefits developed nations should not...
12 February 2016
In recent decades, global value chains have opened new job and income-generating opportunities in developing regions. However, the gains continue to be realised within gendered structures, often putting women in a disadvantaged position. Central actors across value chains can change the course...
12 February 2016
Photo credit: "Hanging gardens of One Central Park, Sydney" Rob Deutscher, Creative Commons, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license, http://bit.ly/1PP2xrB . In order to trade goods and services efficiently, to become a more active partner in global and regional trade, and to...
12 February 2016
Ambitious energy plans launched in Davos Ambitious plans to power Africa were inaugurated at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland by the African Development Bank Group on 21 January. The New Deal on Energy for Africa will unite the private sector and local governments on energy...
12 February 2016
Post-2015 International Development Agenda in the Context of Interlocking Trade and Financing in the LDCs – E15 – January 2016 The adoption of the ambitious post-2015 agenda centring on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the United Nations (UN) in New York in September marks an opportune...