Building an Inclusive Continental Free Trade Area

Volume
6,
Number
6
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20 September 2017
20 September 2017
In January 2012, African leaders adopted the decision to establish a Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) by the indicative date of 2017, an important step in the African Union’s larger integration ambition of creating a Continental Customs Union and, ultimately, a full-fledged African Economic...
20 September 2017
Bridges Africa met with Albert Muchanga, the African Union’s Commissioner for Trade and Industry, to discuss the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) currently under negotiation. Negotiations towards the establishment of the CFTA kicked off in February 2016. With six meetings of the CFTA Negotiating...
20 September 2017
How can African negotiators and policymakers ensure that the CFTA will be successful? With the imminent release of the latest edition in the Assessing Regional Integration in Africa report series, this article draws out key messages and recommendations to inform the design and implementation of a “...
20 September 2017
Can African countries simultaneously foster trade liberalisation, economic growth, and human rights in the context of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA)? A recent study argues that they can, and that it would make economic and political sense for them to do so. The Continental Free Trade Area (...
20 September 2017
Fifty years after the signing of its founding declaration, how much has the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) achieved in terms of regional integration? What are the main lessons that the CFTA process can draw from its experience? Back in 1967, five nations of South-East Asia (...
20 September 2017
What are the challenges facing the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) negotiations in terms of public policy coherence? The analysis of the coherence of public policies now covers a growing range of dimensions.[1] This issue is particularly significant when it comes to trade policy, due to the...
20 September 2017
Leveraging the Services Sector for Inclusive Value Chains in Developing Countries – ICTSD – September 2017 This paper analyses how increased competitiveness in services can drive sustainable development opportunities in value chains in developing countries. By arranging the services components of...