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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

24Jul2013

Be thy Neighbour’s Keeper: Avoiding the Resource Curse in Eastern Africa Through Regional Cooperation

Eastern Africa is the new fossil fuel frontier. In the last few years Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Mozambique have discovered large quantities of commercially viable oil and gas deposits, with the potential for even more discoveries as more aggressive prospecting continues. There is reason to be upbeat about the region’s economic prospects over the next three decades, or at least before the oil runs out.


24Jun2013

Africa’s Energy Security Contingent on Energy Sector Integration

According to a recent survey by Ernst & Young, 44% of businesspeople in Africa identified inadequate infrastructure as one of the key constraints to doing business in the region. This means that as Africa continues to grow in the next two decades, infrastructure development must top the investment agenda.


07Jun2013

Is it time to take free movement of people in Southern Africa seriously?

Neo-liberal scholars and experts of regional integration highlight the alleged virtues of common markets, where capital and goods flow freely within economically integrated regions. Yet, they tend to forget that the other key factor of production, labour, is arguably even more important in supporting the creation of sustainable regional economic communities (RECs). Indeed, labour mobility may allow for cultural and social exchanges (which are not produced by mere flows of capital) and further support the diversification of national economies.


21May2013

Intra-African Trade for Structural Economic Transformation

During the last 10 years the African continent has been growing far above the average growth rate of the previous two decades, despite the global financial crisis and the great trade collapse. Nevertheless, the relative high growth rates have, as in the 1960s, largely been driven by commodity export volumes to the rest of the world and the associated increasing commodity prices. The increase in commodity prices has in turn mainly been due to the rise of the BRICS and other emerging economies.


15May2013

Introducing the Integrating Africa Blog

The economies of African countries are currently going through an intense growth phase. The African middle class is also growing. Nearly 34 per cent of Africans belong in the middleclass, clearly indicating the direction of future economic growth.


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