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Expanding trade within Africa : the impact of trade facilitation, Volume 1
Author:Njinkeu, Dominique; Wilson, John S.; Fosso, Bruno Powo; Country:Africa;
Date Stored:2008/12/02Document Date:2008/12/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Free Trade; Trade Law; Trade Policy; Economic Theory & Research; Common Carriers Industry
Report Number:WPS4790Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 4790
Volume No:1  

Summary: 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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