Assessing Regional Integration in Africa (ARIA) is a major publication of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), produced in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC) and other development partners. It is devoted to a close analysis and evaluation of Africa’s progress towards regional integration. ARIA addresses achievements and challenges and considers solutions to improve the implementation of these objectives. This new publication undertakes a comprehensive empirical analysis of intra-African trade to determine why it has remained consistently low over the past decades.
The report proposes concrete recommendations, to be implemented by member States, Regional Economic Communities, members of the private-sector, and other stakeholders in Africa’s development. It also analyses the various policy issues and other factors that have affected intra-African trade, although these issues may have been addressed in different contexts. For the full report, click here