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Title:Regionalism and the WTO: Opportunities and Dangers for Africa
Author:Soko, MillsISNI
Periodical:South African Journal of International Affairs
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:economic integration
Economics and Trade
Inter-African Relations
Development and Technology
international relations
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10220460409545464
Abstract:This paper examines the phenomenon of regionalism and its ramifications for the African region within the framework of the WTO. Regional economic integration has the potential to foster economic growth and industrial development in Africa. However, whether the continent can deploy regional integration as a tool to advance its development objectives meaningfully will depend largely on the extent to which a plethora of interlinked legal, institutional and economic issues within the WTO, as well as domestic governance weaknesses in many African countries, can be addressed effectively. Furthermore, the future success or failure of African regionalism will be influenced by the nature of the final outcome(s) of the ongoing economic partnership agreements (EPA) negotiations between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. Ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]