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


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.


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.