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SACU - One Hundred Not Out: What future for the Customs Union?

This paper is based on research conducted recently in South Africa (SA), Namibia, Angola and Botswana. Policy and decision makers were asked to complete a questionnaire about the future of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU). Although the resp…

Regional integration in Southern Africa: The SACU states

The second in the series of papers on regional integration in Southern Africa deals with those states which, along with South Africa, have reached a high level of integration and interdependence in the region. These states, consisting of the Souther…

Horn of Africa Bulletin Vol 30 Issue 3 July-August 2018

The HAB issue on Ethio-Eritrea rapprochement finally saw the light of day and is a testimony to the profound nature of the changes in Ethiopia unleashed since Prime Minister Abiy ascended to the helm of power, and, the rapidity of the rapprochement …

Dynamics of South African Investment in the Rest of Africa

Given South Africa’s dominant economic role in the Southern African, and broader African, regions, it is important to understand the dynamics of investment from this country into the rest of Africa. This discussion paper aims to contribute to this u…

Unpacking the Significance of African Continental Free Trade Area for Africa and its People

With free trade under attack in much of the developed world, Africa is forging a new path for itself to foster sustainable wealth and development for the continent. On 21 March 2018, AU leaders met in Rwanda to finalise the signing of a new trade ag…

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…

Women Traders in East Africa: The Case Study of the Busia One Stop Border Post

Across the continent, African countries are implementing various projects to improve intraregional trade, with a specific focus on improved trade facilitation and the constraints that impede cross-border trade. Efforts have focused on ensuring impro…

Do Governance Institutions Matter for Trade Flows between Sub-Saharan Africa and its Trading Partners

This study analyses the role of governance institutions in trade involving Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and its trading partners. Specifically, the objectives of this study are to: investigate the effect of institutions on trade between SSA and its trad…

How an IGAD Regional Maritime Council can Boost Trade

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) region spans geostrategic waterways of the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the western Indian Ocean. In ancient times, these routes were a conduit for African trade to and from Arabia, India and be…

Growth Spillovers Effects Through Trade in Africa: A Spatial Econometric Approach

This research purposed to assess the regional impact of growth induced by intra-regional trade in Africa from 2001 to 2015. Indeed, there is not much literature on the impact of trade on neighbouring countries in the same regional integration area. …

East African Community Regional Trade Policy amidst the COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented global health and economic crises. National and international measures, including social and economic lockdowns, and suspension/ban of international passenger travel to control its spread have led to a …

East African Community Regional Trade Policy Amidst the COVID-19 Crisis - Working Paper

When the world reopens for business, the EAC needs to be ready to speedily bounce back and effectively re-engage in the global value chains and trade informed by lessons from the exogenous shock. The EAC needs to view this moment as reset time with …

How will the Democratic Republic of Congo's Joining the EAC Bloc Affect Regional Trade?

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2019 expressed interest in joining the East African Community (EAC) regional bloc to tap into the benefits of the regional trade and expanded markets. Using the SMART-WITS Model simulation approach, this stu…

How is Uganda Likely to Benefit from DRC's Membership in the EAC Bloc?

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has applied to join the EAC to tap into the regional benefits of the bloc. DRC’s membership is expected to boost regional trade given its vast market of 81 million people, geographical proximity and natural res…

Study Report on Trends, Structural Reforms and Intercontinental Trade Dynamics: The Case of Sierra Leone's Approach to the Implementation of the AfCFTA

This study is the second in the series of the initial gathering of data and information on the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) across selected West African countries. The first study assessed the preparedness …

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