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  • Print publication year: 2011
  • Online publication date: July 2011

X - Intra-African regional trade integration

Summary

Introduction

This chapter examines intra-African regional trade integration agreements, as well as examples of projects funded to realize such integration. The chapter begins by giving a brief overview of the African Economic Community (AEC), which is ultimately the goal of economic integration in the continent, as well as the various regional arrangements that are its pillars and that have been the subject of this book so far. The chapter shows that the treaties establishing each of these regional bodies, or RTAs as I have referred to them throughout this book, anticipate such cooperation between regions. The chapter then examines the importance of linkages between the regions in agriculture, which is of major importance to African economies, before examining the importance of links in communications, information and communication technology and air transport and surface transport (roads, rail, ports and maritime). The chapter ends with a discussion of the proposed COMESA-EAC-SADC FTA and the East Africa Migration Route Programme.

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