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Will the African Free Trade Agreement Succeed?


  • Rim Berahab
  • Uri Dadush


The recently signed African Continental Free Trade Agreement represents a countercurrent to protectionist tendencies across the Atlantic and the Pacific, and may well move the economic integration of the African continent forward. Translating the vision into action, however, will call upon signatories to undertake deeper domestic reforms and to confront specific challenges related to the agreement itself. This brief explains why the agreement is important for Africa and identifies policy implications for Africa and for third countries.

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  • Rim Berahab & Uri Dadush, 2018. "Will the African Free Trade Agreement Succeed?," Policy notes & Policy briefs 1810, Policy Center for the New South.
  • Handle: RePEc:ocp:ppaper:pb1810

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