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Expanding trade within Africa : the impact of trade facilitation
 
Author:Njinkeu, Dominique; Wilson, John S.; Fosso, Bruno Powo; Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 4790
Country:Africa; Date Stored:2008/12/02
Document Date:2008/12/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Common Carriers Industry; Economic Theory & Research; Free Trade; Trade Policy; Trade LawLanguage:English
Region:AfricaReport Number:WPS4790
Volume No:1 of 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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