Supporting Small-Scale Cross-Border Traders Across Africa

Volume
7,
Number
4
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5 June 2018
5 June 2018
Small-scale cross-border trade – often referred to as informal cross-border trade – is a pervasive phenomenon in Africa. As such, it holds fundamental social and economic development implications. Across the continent, countless small-scale traders cross borders daily to sell goods or services in a...
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,...
5 June 2018
How can African countries use the African Continental Free Trade Area to overcome the existing challenges to informal cross-border trade and harness the potential of such trade to support income generation, job creation, structural transformation, and food security on the continent? Informal cross-...
5 June 2018
Over the last six years, the Rwandese non-governmental organisation Pro-Femmes/Twese Hamwe has been implementing a project aimed at empowering women cross-border traders. Why is it important to facilitate small-scale cross-border trade from a gender perspective? Pro-Femmes/Twese Hamwe is a Rwandan...
5 June 2018
The East African Community (EAC) and the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) are the two only African regional economic communities that have adopted simplified trade regimes (STR) to facilitate small-scale cross-border trade. What can be learnt from their experiences? Regional...
5 June 2018
Cross-border trade is not a new phenomenon in West Africa. What are the major changes that made it evolve over time? And which barriers still hinder its development? The signature of the agreement establishing the Continental Free Trade Area by forty-four African countries on 21 March 2018 in...
5 June 2018
The Rising Potential of e-Commerce for Trade and Development in Africa – TRALAC – May 2018 This paper examines the role of electronic commerce (e-commerce) and related Information and Communication Technology services (ICTs) in the furthering of trade and development in Africa. It begins with a...