Mark Pearson, ECDPM paper, July 2019
The regional integration agenda in Africa is under threat, mainly because of complacency, donor dependency and lack of ownership of the integration agenda by African countries themselves. Our research on the COMESA programme, which exemplifies these problems, has shown that:
COMESA Member States may want to consider: lowering the level of ambition from a free trade agreement to a trade facilitation ambition; moving to an implementation by law integration process; using a different approach that combined a political (top-down) decision approach with a more pragmatic bottom-up approach to achieving regional integration; and creating a fit-for-purpose administration for regional integration.
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