Integrating Africa is the AfDB Group’s blog on regional integration in Africa. It chronicles the issues arising from African countries’ efforts as they work to pool resources and integrate their economies for the development of their regional and individual economies. Read More
Regional financial integration and monetary coordination in the West African Monetary Zone and the East African Community
Oct 13th 2014
Achieving regional financial integration and a regional monetary union are long-standing ambitions for most African regional economic communities (RECs) and elsewhere in the developing world. For example, late in 2013, leaders of the East African Community (EAC) agreed to establish a monetary union within 10 years. Similarly, the 15 members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) agreed on a roadmap to establish a shared currency known as the “Eco” by 2020.
Apr 15th 2014
The global medical tourism market has been estimated at US $10.5 billion in 2012 and is projected to grow to US $32.5 billion by 2019. While there are uncertainties about the total number of medical tourists globally (as distinct from spa and wellness tourists), increasingly more Africans leave the continent in search of health care, and more tourists visit African countries to receive health care.
Mar 13th 2014
The African Development Bank estimates that illicit financial flows have drained in excess of a trillion dollars from Africa since 1980. These flows undermine the tax base, damage political institutions and exacerbate inequality. With major momentum behind global counter-measures, there are clear opportunities for progress at the regional level – including through stronger information exchange and cooperation, tax base harmonization and innovative uses of trade data.
Dec 20th 2013
When thinking about regional integration in Africa we often think first of trade policy, telecommunications, ICT, and road infrastructure. But on a continent larger than China, India, the US, and Europe combined, air transport is inevitably going to play a key role in facilitating integration. For Africans to interact and do business with each other, they need to get there.
Dec 16th 2013
The adoption of the Bali Package on December 7, 2013 generated no small amount of euphoria among trade officials that gathered at the 9th Ministerial of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The WTO claims that the deal will generate between $400 billion and $1 trillion in global trade. But with dust settling from the Ministerial meeting, we briefly examine here what the Bali Package really means for Africa in the area of trade facilitation – which lies at the heart of what was agreed.