The African Continental Free Trade Area and the trade facilitation agreement: some regional macroeconomic impacts
by Patrice Rélouendé Zidouemba; Mustapha Sadni Jallab
International Journal of Trade and Global Markets (IJTGM), Vol. 14, No. 3, 2021

Abstract: This contribution analyses the potential impacts of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the positive role played by the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) to augment its impact. We provide empirical evidence that expected trade flows and real GDP growth from the AfCFTA are relatively significant but are amplified by the TFA. In addition, the impacts on trade and economic growth are stronger when the TFA is extended to trade flows with non-African regions. More interestingly, all African regions experience an increase in exports of industrial and intermediate goods, which constitutes a catalyst for industrialisation and structural economic transformation.

Online publication date: Fri, 18-Jun-2021

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