The Tripartite FTA: The great leap forward for regional integration in Africa?

Volume
4,
Number
6
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25 June 2015
23 June 2015
The recent launch of the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) - now the largest free trade area across Africa - ushers in a new framework for trade and integration on the continent. The proposed “Grand” FTA will stretch from Cape Town to Cairo, creating an integrated market with a combined population...
23 June 2015
What was agreed in the African Tripartite FTA deal signed on 10 June 2015? What were the main challenges in the negotiations? What are the prospects for the second phase? What are the implications for the CFTA negotiations which were launched on 15 June 2015 at the other end of the continent in...
23 June 2015
What are the prospects for the negotiations towards the establishment of Continental FTA in Africa? The African Union (AU) summit formally launched negotiations for a Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) at its meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa on 15 June. The CFTA is a priority initiative under...
23 June 2015
Why do we often fail in our regional endeavours and what can be done to improve matters? More specifically, how can we enhance the implementation of instruments on the regional level? Regional integration in Africa is necessary because our nations cannot prosper in isolation. The challenges posed...
18 June 2015
How can African countries capitalise on the transition period as envisaged in their Economic Partnership Agreements with the EU to deepen regional integration so as to enhance further the agreements benefits? After over 12 years of controversial discussions, countries belonging to three African...
18 June 2015
The regional integration efforts in the East African Community have focused mainly on promoting the free movement of capital, goods, and services. However, such efforts have failed to address economic development disparities among member states. There are about 143.5 million people living in the...
18 June 2015
Building on a strong endowment of natural resources and skills, Africa can become a model of green transformation, demonstrating that growing without eroding the underlying stock of natural wealth is possible. African economies have been growing fast with an average growth rate of 5.1 percent...
18 June 2015
The 'Africa rising' cliché, has generated a lot of views across the world. An issue of primary importance, however, is how much this growth is contributing to poverty reduction at the base of the pyramid. With the changing climate, can this “cliché” be substantiated as sustainable or not? What...
18 June 2015
Africa launches negotiations on the CFTA On Monday 15 June, African leaders launched negotiations to establish the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) by 2017. This decision, taken at the 25th Summit of the African Union, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, follows the launch of the Tripartite Free...
18 June 2015
Industrial Policies in Lower-Middle-Income Countries – E15 Initiative – June 2015 This paper analyses the industrial policies implemented by some LMICs in selected industries and discusses the main conditions that affected their successes or failures. It shows that while multilateral trade rules...