Assessing Regional Integration in Africa: Rationalizing by United Nations

By United Nations

This document examines the effectiveness of Africa's local fiscal groups in pushing ahead the neighborhood integration schedule in the direction of the goals of the Abuja Treaty setting up the African financial group. a completely functioning African financial group will get rid of all obstacles to stream of individuals, items and providers around the continent, thereby making a unmarried monetary area. The record examines the serious position that associations in most cases can play in attaining coverage ambitions, and the categorical position that African associations practice. The research makes a speciality of the local monetary groups, that have been distinctive through the African Union because the construction blocks for attaining the African fiscal group.

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However, the complex patchwork resulting from the multiplicity and overlapping membership in regional economic communities raises considerable problems for policy and programme coordination and harmonization. The multiplicity of regional economic communities has several drawbacks: Fragmented economic spaces and approaches to regional integration. Increased cost of membership in regional economic communities. Unhealthy rivalry for donor funds. Contradictory obligations and loyalties for member countries.

To promote agricultural development and improve food security, the regional economic communities have concentrated on harmonizing policies and strategies;rationalizing production and promoting interregional agricultural trade; implementingjoint early warning systems for pests, diseases, and extreme climatic conditions; developing efficient regional markets for agricultural products; and building common research and capacity building institutions. As with industry, few regional economic communities have boosted agricultural production or productivity.

National budgets need to give priority to infrastructure including appropriate allocations for maintenance and rehabilitation Industry Promoting industrial cooperation across Africa is a major challenge. Aggregate production, productivity, and manufacturing value added remain low because of poor intrasectoral and intersectoral links and the similarity and limited range of products across countries. Other problems relate to industry's lack of technological sophistication and antiquated capital stock.

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