Assessing Regional Integration in Africa

ECA Policy Research Report

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This report provides a comprehensive evaluation of the state of Africa’s integration process, showing where efforts have succeeded or failed including why intra African trade remains low; and how lack of macro-economic policy convergence and insufficient infrastructures hamper integration.




The Organization of African Unity (OAU) Charter and the Constitutive Act establishing the African Union define regional integration as one of the anchoring ideals of African unity. The Lagos Plan of Action and the Abuja Treaty establishing the African Economic Community spell out the economic, political, and institutional mechanisms for attaining this ideal.


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