Paul Brenton

Lead Economist, World Bank Group

Paul Brenton is Lead Economist (Trade and Regional Integration) in the Africa Region of the World Bank. His role is to lead analytical work on country, regional and on Africa-wide trade issues and to support Bank staff in their work in these areas. Paul also coordinates the Africa Region's activities that are supported by the Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Trade and Development. Previously he worked in the Trade Department of the Bank where he worked for several years on issues related to trade reform with a focus on regional integration and preferential trade agreements. He has published work on the economic impact of trade policies, with a particular focus on trade preferences for developing countries, regional integration, rules of origin, foreign direct investment and the role of regulations in influencing trade and investment flows. Paul joined the Bank in 2002, having been Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Trade Policy Unit at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels. Before that was a lecturer in economics at the University of Birmingham in the UK. He has a PhD in Economics from the University of East Anglia.

Bridges news

11 June 2018
Le petit commerce transfrontalier joue un rôle fondamental dans la réduction de la pauvreté et l’amélioration la sécurité alimentaire dans toute l’Afrique. Comment le soutenir pour exploiter tout son potentiel en matière de développement? Les économies d’Afrique subsaharienne sont inextricablement...
5 June 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 development potential? Sub-Saharan African economies have been inextricably linked for centuries. Traders,...
11 March 2013
La coopération réglementaire régionale et une clause de préférence régionale pourraient être utiles pour faire progresser l'intégration régionale des services en Afrique. Les services jouent un rôle important pour le développement et la croissance économique dans la plupart des pays d'Afrique...
18 April 2012
A report released by the World Bank earlier this year says that high trade barriers with neighboring countries are costing African nations billions of dollars of potential earnings and depriving the continent of new sources of economic growth. The authors of the report analyze in this article the...