Journal of African Trade

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Considerations for Rules of Origin under the African Continental Free Trade Area

Landry Signé, Payce Madden
In Press, Corrected Proof, Available Online: 11 December 2020
Rules of origin are used to determine a product’s eligibility for preferential tariffs under a free trade agreement and have major implications for the extent of trade under the agreement and the growth of regional value chains. Firms choose to comply with rules of origin when the benefits of trading...
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Prospects and Challenges for Supply Chain Trade under the Africa Continental Free Trade Area☆

Jaime de Melo, Anna Twum
In Press, Corrected Proof, Available Online: 25 January 2021
African countries are negotiating the African Continental Free Trade Area with the aim to spearhead global value chain (GVC) trade among African countries as a driver for robust economic growth. This paper evaluates the participation of Sub-Saharan African Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in GVC-related...
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Rules of Origin across African Regional Trading Agreements: A Landscape with Measures to Address Challenges at Harmonization☆

Julien Gourdon, Dzmitry Kniahin, Jaime de Melo, Mondher Mimouni
In Press, Corrected Proof, Available Online: 29 December 2020
To become operational, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) must harmonize Rules of Origin (ROO) across Africa’s Preferential Trade Agreements (PTAs) along two dimensions: regime-wide rules and product-specific rules. This paper describes and evaluates these ROO across the major multiple-membership...
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Regional Integration and Trade: Case of COMESA Free Trade Area

Grace Gondwe
In Press, Corrected Proof, Available Online: 22 March 2021
This paper examines the factors influencing intra-Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) trade by empirically investigating whether the Free Trade Area (FTA) contributed to trade growth from 1997 to 2015. Gravity models for exports and imports were estimated to identify the factors influencing...
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Reaping the AfCFTA Potential Through Well-Functioning Rules of Origin

Komi Tsowou, Junior Davis
In Press, Uncorrected Proof, Available Online: 10 May 2021
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Rules of Origin (RoOs) determine the conditions for the application of the Agreement’s tariff preferences. The effectiveness of existing preferential trade agreements within the continent is undermined by heterogeneous RoO regimes and costly trade facilitation...
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Common Currency and Intra-Regional Trade in the Central African Monetary Community (CEMAC)

Divine Ngenyeh Kangami, Oluyele Akinkugbe
In Press, Uncorrected Proof, Available Online: 7 June 2021
We applied the threshold autoregressive and difference-in-differences techniques to examine the effects of adopting a common currency on bilateral trade flows between member states of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) customs union, over the period from 1980 to 2013. We found...
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Effect of China’s Zero-Tariff Treatment under FOCAC on Export Diversification in Beneficiary Countries in Africa

Zhina Sun, Ehizuelen Michael Mitchell Omoruyi
In Press, Uncorrected Proof, Available Online: 9 July 2021
In this study, we quantitatively assessed the effect of China’s zero-tariff treatment on export diversification in beneficiary countries in Africa. We assessed its overall effect and its effect on particular industries and regions. The results showed that, overall, zero-tariff treatment significantly...
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Environmental Effects of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement: A Computable General Equilibrium Model Approach

Marta Bengoa, Somya Mathur, Badri Narayanan, Hanna C. Norberg
In Press, Uncorrected Proof, Available Online: 30 July 2021
Growth and development in middle- and low-income countries often come at an environmental cost, but is that trade-off always necessary? This study uses a computable general equilibrium model to estimate the macroeconomic and environmental impact of the world’s most significant plurilateral trade agreement,...