Alex Rugamba, Director, AfDB Energy and Climate Change Department

Given the complexity of the regional integration process, there is need for a systematic analysis of the status-quo in order to define the policies and priorities that will make the Bank’s new Regional Integration Strategy more relevant and effective. We are aware that despite the commitments by African Governments, regional bodies, and pan-African bodies such as the African Development Bank, the African Union Commission and the United Nations Economic Commission on Africa’s integration, results have been modest. This calls for serious and candid introspection as we chart the way forward. The reasons behind the slow pace of integration on the Continent need to be critically examined. Why has there been so many unfulfilled commitments and missed milestones? Indeed, despite the commitment expressed by RMCs and other key players in regional integration, the outcomes have been less impressive, with intra-African trade estimated at between 12% and 16%. Is there need for a paradigm shift? What should be the key priorities to facilitate trade and fast-track regional integration in Africa? Some have questioned the relevance of the fundamental approach to integration, which mirrors the European model. These observations need to be examined for their validity. Read More

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