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Expanding Trade within Africa: The Impact of Trade Facilitation

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  • Njinkeu, Dominique

    (International Lawyers and Economists Against Poverty (ILEAP))

  • S. Wilson, John

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    (The World Bank)

  • Powo Fosso, Bruno

    (Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC))

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    Abstract

    This paper examines the impact of trade facilitation on intra-African trade. The authors examine the role of trade facilitation reforms, such as increased port efficiency, improved customs, and regulatory environments, and upgrading services infrastructure on trade between African countries. They also consider how regional trade agreements relate to intra-African trade flows. Using trade data from 2003 to 2004, they find that improvement in ports and services infrastructure promise relatively more expansion in intra-African trade than other measures. They also show that, almost all regional trade agreements have a positive effect on trade flows

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    Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 4790.

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    Length: 31 pages
    Date of creation: 01 Dec 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:4790

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    Keywords: Trade; Africa; Regional Integration; Trade Facilitation;

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    1. Dequiedt, V. & Geourjon, A.-M. & Rota-Graziosi, G., 2012. "Mutual supervision in preshipment inspection programs," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 99(2), pages 282-291.

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