Inclusive Trade in Africa: The African Continental Free Trade Area in Comparative Perspective

1st Edition

David Luke, Jamie Macleod

Published March 22, 2019
Reference - 208 Pages - 34 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138394520 - CAT# K400436
Series: The International Political Economy of New Regionalisms Series


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Providing the first book-length analysis of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), this volume asks how can it be ensured that the AfCFTA is effectively implemented to deliver inclusive trade in Africa.

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will cover an African market of 1.2 billion people and GDP of over $2.5 trillion, across all 55 member States of the African Union. Yet, trade policy increasingly appreciates that free trade is not enough; trade must also be inclusive to deliver developmental benefits. With contributions from leading trade policy authors across Africa and beyond, this book offers insights into the development and implementation of the AfCFTA and serves as a reference for stakeholders interested in trade in Africa more broadly. The contributors assess what important lessons can be drawn from the experiences of regional integration in and beyond Africa, including from success stories like ASEAN as well as from failures like the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas.

An important new work for researchers and policymakers focusing on African trade and economic policy, and trade policy more generally.

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