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Africa's Trade Revisted

  • Natalia T. Tamirisa
  • Arvind Subramanian

The popular impression that Africa has not integrated into world trade, as suggested by the evolution in simple indicators, has been called into question recently by more formal analysis. This paper refines and generalizes this analysis, but lends support to the popular view of disintegration. Africa, especially Francophone Africa, is currently under-exploiting its trading opportunities and has witnessed disintegration over time, a trend that is most pronounced in its trade with the technologically advanced countries.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 01/33.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 2001
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:01/33
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