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From Ethiopia a national transport policy to promote untapped investment opportunities in the sector

The Ethiopian Ministry of Transport has published its national transport policy, a strategic plan to address for the next decade the increasing demand for transportation infrastructure and services in the country. The document, which was announced during the March 2021 Ethiopian Transport Investment Summit (read our post), provides a general overview of transport services and transport infrastructure and will serve as a basis to formulate more detailed transport sub-sector policies.

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Is the AfCFTA a path to industrialization or industrialization should come first?

A common topic among academics is that Preferential Trade Agreements (PTAs) spur industrialization because of the increasing trade flows that are generated in the preferential trade areas as a consequence of tariff liberalization. But if we look at what happened in other Regional contexts, this is not exactly the path that others followed. Read the post on our blog.

The Africa Infrastructure Development Index (AIDI)

Infrastructure in Africa is critical for fostering economic growth and regional integration. The United Nations (UN) Resolution A/RES/70/1 approving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN plan of action to eradicate poverty and promote prosperity in all the dimensions of human development, points out how safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems are crucial for ensuring mobility and a catalyst for integration between local communities, cities, regions and countries.

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AfCFTA buy-in? Large shares of African citizens still skeptical about free trade and open borders

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) became operational on January 1, 2021, with all its expectations for increased cross-border trade, investment volumes, technology transfers, and income for next African generations.

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AfCFTA : “next” or “last” generation Preferential Trade Agreement?

AfCFTA: “next” or “last” generation Preferential Trade Agreement? An analysis on the nature of the Agreement on our blog:

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