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


The Unexplored Potential of Africa’s Trade in Services

Services trade matter for growth, development, gender equality and job creation for countries in Africa. They are also key inputs in the production of important exports and food staples, yet inefficiencies along their value chain can contribute to high prices: in Ethiopia, services account for about 80 percent of the final price of roses, one of the country’s key export products – similarly, between 60 and 75 percent of the price of teff, Ethiopia’s staple food grain, comes from services inputs.


Bracing for the post AGOA period

Next time you pick up sporting gear or a pair of jeans in a U.S. mall, do check the label. It may have been made in Lesotho, a small, mountainous and land-locked country completely surrounded by South Africa, with a population of around two million.


Why AGOA remains critical to Lesotho’s development

The US- Africa African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum, which took place from September 22-26, 2016, in Washington DC, USA, was an opportunity for both African countries and the US to reflect on the gains made under AGOA to date. This was especially important as indications point to the current iteration of AGOA being the last one ahead of a new trade dispensation between the US and Africa from 2025 onwards, punctuated by reciprocal trading relations.


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Development of export industries in West Africa critical to reap maximum AGOA benefits

Since 2000, the United States’ African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) has been a pillar of the U.S. trade policy towards Sub-Saharan Africa. It offers duty-free entry to over 6,400 products into the U.S. from eligible Sub-Saharan African countries, making African products more cost-effective and competitive. The recent extension of AGOA to 2025 gives new impetus to eligible countries to harness its advantages.


Unlocking the potential of the tourism industry in Africa

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 marks World Tourism Day, organized by the World Tourism Organization which is a special United Nations agency dedicated to the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. World Tourism Day 2016 will be celebrated under the theme, “Tourism for All: Promoting Universal Accessibility”.