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Dawn Nagar Calls for More Intra-country Trade in Africa

Region-building in Southern Africa Dawn Nagar, co-editor of Region-building in Southern Africa, has written about the need for more intra-country trade in Africa, in an article for the Cape Times, which has been republished on the Centre for Conflict Resolution’s site.

Nagar also discusses the challenges that have arisen from the “tripartite grouping of the East African Community (EAC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa), and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).”

Africa remains the world’s only region where intra-country trade is a paltry 10 percent. As part of efforts to integrate the continent’s national economics, the African Union (AU) recently brought together nearly 400 policymakers, economists, and business people with the object of establishing a continental free trade area by 2023.

Africa’s present economic anchor is the tripartite grouping of the East African Community (EAC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa), and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

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