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Economic Development in Africa Report 2019

Made in Africa – Rules of Origin for Enhanced Intra-African Trade

  • Author: UNCTAD
  • Publication date: July 2019
  • Page count: 236
  • Language(s) in this book: English
  • Sales number: 19.II.D.7

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ISBN: 9789211129434
ISBN: 9789210039741

About the product

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) represents a historic opportunity for the continent to boost intra-African trade and accelerate structural transformation. However, this relies on a critical policy instrument: the effective implementation of preferential trade liberalization among the AfCFTA members. Whether in practice African firms will utilize tariff preferences under the AfCFTA depends on a critical factor: rules of origin (RoO) and the net benefits of complying with them. This report argues for the adoption of flexible RoO and a strengthening of institutional capacities to ensure an impartial, transparent, predictable, consistent and neutral implementation of agreed RoO.