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The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group and the European Union (EU)

The Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa, hosted a policy research seminar in Cape Town, from 29 to 30 October 2012, on “The African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) Group and the European Union (EU)”. The Cape Town meeting foc…

Adedeji at 80: Moving Africa from Rhetoric to Action

This report informs on the millenium seminar which focused on strengthening Africa’s regional integration efforts and had three important goals: • To review the continent’s socio-economic and political condition and consider the development paradigm…

MERCOSUR Experience in Regional Integration: What could Africa learn from it?

MERCOSUR is almost thirty years old. The project has achieved relevant accomplishments, but it has also accumulated many unfulfilled objectives and even some setbacks. It began with a very ambitious goal: the constitution of a common market. This am…

The African Union (AU) and Migration: Implications for Human Trafficking in Africa

Through the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community (AEC) or Abuja Treaty (1991), the African Union (AU) promotes the formation of Regional Economic Communities (RECs), such as among others, the Economic Community of West African States…

Migration, Peace and Security: What Role for CSOs? Outcomes Report

On 9-10 October 2019, the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS), the United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP), and the Gorée Institute jointly organized a two-day multi-stakeholder dialogue on the theme…

Trade Effects of the East African Customs Union in Tanzania: Application of a Structural Gravity Model

By measuring the effects of forming and joining a regional integration bloc using an augmented structural gravity model, this paper finds that the East African Community (EAC) and EAC Customs Union have significantly enhanced Tanzanian trade into EA…

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA): Legal Overview

Regional integration in Africa is seen as a priority by many of the continent’s policymakers and economic stakeholders. With all Africa now signed up to the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), the challenge now is to implement a conti…

The 2030 National Development Strategy and the 2021-2024 New Economic Programme: Essential Capacities and Skills Required to make the Union (of Incompatible Sets) Work / Strategie Nationale de Developpement 2030 et Nouveau Programme Economique Triennal

In November 2020, Cameroon thus adopted its new ten-year development plan with a name that no longer refers to a document, it is entitled the 2030 National Development Strategy (NDS30) and follows the GESP (2010-2019). Much has been said and written…

Fundamental Lessons From Regional Economic Communities for the African Continental Free Trade Area: A Case Study of the East African Community

In January 2012, the African Union (AU) Heads of States agreed to unite the economies of Africa into a single free trade area. Subsequently, in May 2019, all 55 AU member states apart from Eritrea signed the agreement establishing the Africa Contine…

Assessment of National Financing and Investment Policies in the ECOWAS Member Countries with Regard to the ECOWAS Regional Financing and Investment Protocol

Regional integration has been at the helm of the African Union (AU)’s development approach since 1980 when this was enshrined in the Lagos plan of Action, with a view to integrating the Continent into a pan-African political unity and industrializat…

Regional Integration and Trade Development in the HoA: Progress and Challenges

Throughout the world, regional integration agenda has been of high priority, as the UN Sustainable Development Goals explicitly stated trade related measures and economic cooperation as instruments to eradicate global poverty. The various goals unde…

Les Maliens, Favorables à L’intégration Régionale et aux Investissements Étrangers, Soutiennent L’influence Positive de la Chine / Malians Favour Regional Integration and Foreign Investment, Support China's Positive Influence

In recent years, there has been a revival of regional integration worldwide, both in West African and other African countries, despite the mixed and often disappointing economic and trade results of the 1960s and 1970s. It should be noted that the l…

The State of the Political Instability and its Impact on Trade in South Sudan: A Critical Assessment

In December 2013, South Sudan descended into a civil war following the long feud between the president and his vice president that has caused huge humanitarian crisis, not only in the country, but in the region. Close to two million South Sudanese a…

Reconfiguring Alliances in the Horn of Africa: Implications for Regional Stability and Integration

While the trilateral alliance formed in 2018 by Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia has resolved some obstacles to peace in the Horn of Africa, it has also created new risks for stability and regional integration. Tensions between and within states that a…

The Role of the Private Sector in the Development Agenda

The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) and the SADC Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap have identified the private sector as one of the key enablers of development, facilitating th…

Mapping the Future of Africa-China Relations: Insights from West Africa

The year 2020 marked two decades since the start of the Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). The past 20 years have seen China reshaping Africa’s development landscape while raising questions about the nature of African agency in relation to C…

Oil Boom and Cross-border Agricultural Trade in Central Africa

This study explored the impact of an oil boom on agricultural exports based on the gravity model and panel data for 1995 to 2013. We found that oil rent plays a major role in cross-border trade between Cameroon and other Economic and Monetary Commun…

Deepening Integration in SADC: Achievements, Challenges and Opportunities

The objective of this lecture was to stimulate a critical and high-level discourse on regional integration with specific focus on the SADC region. The main objective of this lecture was to understand the current state of affairs within the SADC regi…

Africa's Integration: Not an Option, but an Imperative

Implementation of AfCFTA brings with it prospects of freer trade within the continent, and the development of Africa’s internal markets. AfCFTA has the potential to generate jobs, lift wages, spur innovation, increase competition, create wealth, gen…

Africa’s Integration: Not an Option, but an Imperative

Regional integration based on the principles of cooperation and coordination has been a tool used by countries and groups of countries to accomplish a wide range of objectives. These range from accessing lucrative markets and investments, securing o…

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