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Building Blocs to Free Trade in Africa

9 August 2016

A number of African countries have consolidated to create regional trade blocs. Each trade bloc has its own goals and objectives, but in essence they all aim to achieve economic prosperity through regional integration.

More specific objectives include the promotion of economic development and cooperation, international and regional investment, regional integration, free trade and free movement between all member states – in reverse of what we have seen happening between the UK and Europe recently - fair competition, peace and security, growth and the development of common policies and strategies, and the reduction of poverty.

With such high ambitions, some may ask if this is achievable? For many of these organisations it is still early days, but let's take a look at their story so far.

To read the full report click here.

The team

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