Issues arising from pooling resources and integrating economies
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
To all those who are convinced that regional integration requires strong political will and committed leadership, African Heads of State showed just that when they were presented with a single African passport at the 27th African Union Summit in Kigali, Rwanda. The proposal to implement a single passport for Africa and ensure free movement of people is part of the African Union’s 2063 Agenda.
Illicit financial flows – flows of financial resources leaving a jurisdiction through illegal or illicit means – are the largest drain on developing countries’ ability to finance the Sustainable Development Goals agenda. Africa is particularly affected: the African Development Bank estimated that the continent lost over a trillion dollars since the 1980s, making it a net creditor to the world.
Economic crisis and commodity downswings: Can local content policies provide a transformative solution for Africa?
The current commodity slowdown has once again laid to bare the structural weaknesses of a number of African resource-rich economies. But can this misfortune be turned around, and this time permanently if countries adapt their strategy by leveraging their resources to create more economic linkages? This article suggests that local content can be an efficient policy tool to make the difference.
Debates preceding the June 2015 renewal of the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), a US Government initiative to enhance market access for qualifying Sub-Saharan African countries, centered on the unilateral nature of the initiative. Unlike a negotiated trade deal, the US Government under AGOA decides what countries and what products are eligible. With African countries having signed Economic Partnership Agreements with the European Union, it is not hard to imagine that it is unlikely for AGOA to be renewed beyond 2025 – at least not in its current form. The question therefore is: How do African countries ensure they are able to compete in the US market beyond AGOA? And can African countries use AGOA as a springboard to enhance their participation in global trade beyond the US and post AGOA?
Relaxing Visa Regulations: An imperative to push Africa’s integration agenda and unlock the continent’s economic potential
As world leaders gather in Kigali to attend the World Economic Forum for Africa, the free movement of people across the continent, a top priority in the vision for Africa set in Agenda 2063, will undoubtedly be at the heart of discussions.