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
Jean-Guy Afrika is a Senior Trade Policy Analyst at the AfDB. He is the task manager of the Africa Trade Fund, a trade-related technical assistance facility with the objective to enhance the trade performance of African countries. In his capacity, Jean-Guy also spearheads efforts to develop a system of indicators to monitor the impacts of regional integration in Africa. Prior to joining the Bank, he worked as Senior Trade Officer with the East African Community (EAC). He was recognized by the Chairperson of the EAC Council of Ministers for special contributions in the finalization of the EAC Common Market Protocol. Before EAC, he worked as Director of Export Promotion at the Rwanda Investment & Export Promotion Agency. Jean-Guy graduated from George Mason University (GMU) with a MA in International Commerce and Policy. In 2012, his alma mater (GMU) honored him with the Distinguished Young Alumnus Award.
Africa’s economic landscape has changed considerably over the last twenty years. After two decades of sustained economic growth, Sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP is almost $1.5 trillion. Its middle class rose to 350 million people in 2010, up from 126 million people in 1980 and in 2010, consumer spending stood at approximately $600 billion.