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The system’s promoters must figure out how to compensate the African countries that run trade surpluses.
Regularising freer movement of people across African borders is one of the continent’s great developmental challenges.
A border crossing between Uganda and Kenya at Malaba. The two countries have made strides in improving mobility between them.
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It’s likely that free movement will advance first among groupings within regional communities.
The Agoa agreement provides eligible African countries with duty-free access to the US market.
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Africa should push for extension of AGOA rather than bilateral trade deals with the US.
President Uhuru Kenyatta signs a treaty integrating DRC into the East African Community in June 2022.
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Kenya’s new president needs to forge closer ties with regional heavyweights to create a balance of power that favours his country.
Inauguration ceremony of Colombian President Gustavo Petro, left, and vice president Francia Marquez in Bogota, on 7 August.
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Colombia is an important South American regional hub and potentially important trade partner for Africa.
Mombasa port serves Kenya and eight other countries in the region.
Harnessing the combined effect of trade and urbanisation could significantly boost the economies of African countries.
Companies are moving their production back to developed countries. This is jeopardising the decades-long progress in global poverty reduction.
Tanzania’s President Samia Hassan holds up her COVID-19 vaccination card in July 2021.
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President Samia Hassan has set Tanzania on a change of course – time will tell if the pattern holds and addresses the country’s challenges.
Leaders in Africa need to develop practical ways to achieve their aspirations.
Relying on donor funding means that the funder ultimately determines the health priorities. This is one reason why many programmes in Africa focus on a single disease such as HIV.
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa addressing the G20 recently.
While South Africa should pay careful attention to all its existing trade and economic relations, particular attention should go to its intra-African economic relations.
African policymakers should strenuously safeguard their right to choose from the widest possible range of technology options that suit their countries’ development needs.
Nigerian soldiers pictured at their post on the land border with Niger in 2015.
Border closure is an implicit admission of the ineptitude and incompetence of Nigeria’s customs and immigration officers
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, left, with his Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu Buhari in late August in Japan.
South Africa and Nigeria need to lead policy debates on long term measures to address migration in Africa.
Africa has tried for decades to develop robust intra-regional trade. Free trade agreement is the most recent effort
Now that African countries have signed up for the continental free trade agreement, they must complete the institutional loop by jumpstarting the creation of the African Monetary Fund.
People from the DRC flee the fighting. Movement of people is restricted across the continent.
The free movement of people between African countries could facilitate economic development.
Africa’s Free Trade Agreement proposes a single market for goods and services and investments across 55 countries.
The African Continental Free Trade Agreement promises to redefine relations among African states and beyond.
African leaders meet in Kigali to sign the continent’s free trade agreement.
Continental free trade area’s potential impact includes boosting intra-Africa trade, manufacturing exports, job creation and poverty alleviation.