Journal of African Trade

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Research Article

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, Uncorrected 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...
Research Article

Prospects and Challenges for Supply Chain Trade under the Africa Continental Free Trade Area†

Jaime de Melo, Anna Twum
In Press, Uncorrected 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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Regional Integration and Trade: Case of COMESA Free Trade Area

Grace Gondwe
In Press, Uncorrected 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. A gravity model for exports and imports was estimated to identify the factors shaping...
Research Article

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...