African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement and the Mega-Regional Trade Agreements (MRTAs): what are the underlying challenges and prospects for Africa-South-South trade?

Jurnal Perspektif Pembiayaan dan Pembangunan Daerah

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Title African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement and the Mega-Regional Trade Agreements (MRTAs): what are the underlying challenges and prospects for Africa-South-South trade?
 
Creator Chukwu, Anayochukwu Basil
Agbanike, Tobechi
Anochiwa, Lasbrey
 
Subject AfCFTA
MRTAs
Regional integration
Trade policy
South-South trade
 
Description This study examines the possible challenges and prospects of the recent signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement on South-South trade. The recent ratification of the agreement by the African Union (AU) Heads of Government and the establishment of the mega-regional trade agreements (MRTAs) by the major global trading economies are the biggest since the establishment of the WTO. One of these regional and continental agreements' principal objectives is to further strengthen trade terms and balance of trade statistics between member nations. Whereas almost all the regional and continental blocs have to a large extent, achieved the purpose of their trade agreements, Africa stands out as the only region whose intra-trade value still constitutes less than 15% of global trade share. Many reasons have been adduced to be responsible for the weak trade performance, one of which is weak regional integration. This study, therefore, concludes that for Africa to achieve significant improvement in global trade, the region needs to encourage regional trade, which will act as a catalyst for transforming the domestic economies and lay a robust foundation for healthy regional competition and integration
 
Publisher Program Magister Ilmu Ekonomi Pascasarjana Universitas Jambi
 
Date 2021-12-31
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Article
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier http://online-journal.unja.ac.id/JES/article/view/13937
10.22437/ppd.v9i5.13937
 
Source Jurnal Perspektif Pembiayaan dan Pembangunan Daerah; Vol. 9 No. 5 (2021): Jurnal Perspektif Pembiayaan dan Pembangunan Daerah; 413 - 432
2355-8520
2338-4603
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://online-journal.unja.ac.id/JES/article/view/13937/12564
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2022 Anayochukwu Basil Chukwu, Tobechi Agbanike, Lasbrey Anochiwa
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
 

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