"This study seeks to assess the progress made so far and the challenges that face regional integration process in the Horn of Africa with especial emphasis on IGAD; and it provides a roadmap to enhance the regional efforts beyond the creation of free trade area. The objective of the assessment is to provide analytical policy recommendations that help to establish an effective regional economic community. The analysis shall cover diverse issues such as conceptual issues in regional integration, recent developments in IGAD’s regional economic integration, challenges and achievements of IGAD to date, and the importance of regional trade for member countries."