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African leaders have just signed a framework establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area, the largest free trade agreement since the creation of the World Trade Organisation....

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World Economic Forum

Africa has a new free trade area. This is what you need to know


This will be one of the world’s largest free-trade areas in terms of the number of countries, covering more than 1.2 billion people and over $4 trillion in combined consumer and business spending if all 55 countries join. Here are four things you need to know about the AfCFTA...

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Washington Post

Africa’s big new free trade agreement, explained


A successful CFTA could reduce this gap by increasing the growth of the manufacturing sector and its value-added given the CFTA’s market size of 1.2bn people and over $3.4 trillion of cumulative GDP...

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Africa Business Magazine

The CFTA and industrialization go hand-in-hand


In order to help bridge the gap and offer business and policy leaders with Africa’s biggest opportunities and perspectives in the sector, the Brookings’s Africa Growth Initiative has just released a report entitled...

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Brookings Institution

The Potential of Manufacturing and Industrialization in Africa - Trends, Opportunities & Strategies


The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) stands to open up trade across the continent, accelerating industrialization and economic development...

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Brookings Institution

How Africa’s Historic Free Trade Agreement will Change the Continent


Despite President Trump’s acknowledgment that the “United States faces an extraordinarily dangerous world,” his regional strategy toward Africa is too weak to advance American interests...

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Brookings Institution

A Sound Trump Policy on Africa could Protect US Interests


Spotlighting opportunities for business in Africa and strategies to succeed in the world’s next big growth market

Here, we describe the extent of the African business opportunities in key sectors and suggest steps investors can take to translate that opportunity into profitable, sustainable enterprises...


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Brookings Institution


African Transformation, African Development: How Institutions Shape development Strategy

This powerful book traces new continental institutions for development and their capacity to affect economic growth, regional integration, and international cooperation in Africa...

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Cambridge University Press


Innovating Development Strategies in Africa: The Role of International, Regional and National Actors

 In this book, Landry Signé explores the key drivers of African policy and economic transformation, proposing a preeminent explanation of policy innovations in Africa through the examination of postcolonial strategies for economic development....


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Cambridge University Press