Connecting African Markets and People: Streamlining Regional Trade and Free Movement Protocols

Improving global governance
Posted Nov 21, 2021 | ECDPM, Philomena Apiko, Amanda Bisong, Bruce Byiers

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) seeks to address the challenge of multiple, overlapping regional economic community memberships, to speed up regional and continental economic integration, and to contribute to the movement of people in line with the African Union Free Movement Protocol (AU-FMP). In this ECDPM paper, Philomena Apiko, Amanda Bisong and Bruce Byiers discuss these objectives and review how the AfCFTA and the FMP alter state relations on trade and movement of people, and how AfCFTA can interact with existing regional agendas and initiatives. They advise policymakers and their partners to engage actively with the AfCFTA and the FMP and identify where these strengthen traction among regional processes.


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