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Course: African Regional Integration. Economic Communities (e-learning, 8 ECTS, Master in International Business in English)

Ten subjects compose the Course “Regional Economic Integration in Africa” (distance learning) taught by EENI Business School & HA Independent University:

Regional Integration in Africa

  1. Introduction to the Regional Economic Integration in Africa (1 ECTS)
    1. Regional Economic Communities (REC)
  2. Status of the Regional Economic Integration in Africa (2 ECTS)
  3. Action Plan for Boosting Intra-African Trade (0.5 ECTS)
  4. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for Regional Trade and Integration in Africa (0.5 ECTS)
  5. Regional financial integration in Africa (0.5 ECTS)
  6. Infrastructures in Africa (1 ECTS)
    1. Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) (0.3 ECTS)
  7. African Value Chains (0.5 ECTS)
  8. Organisation for the Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa (OHADA) (1 ECTS)
  9. COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite (0.1 ECTS)
  10. African Continental Free-Trade Area (CFTA) (0.5 ECTS)

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  1. Credits of the course “Regional Economic Integration in Africa”: 8 ECTS Credits
  2. Total Tuition Fees: EUR 192 (Pricing Policy)
  3. Organisation: EENI Business School & HA University
  4. Duration: six weeks
  5. Download the syllabus of the course “Regional Economic Integration in Africa” (PDF)

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Learning materials in Master in International Business in English (or Study, Master in International Business in French Intégration régionale en Afrique Study Master Doctorate Business in Spanish Integración regional en África Masters Foreign Trade in Portuguese Integração Regional na África). The student has free access to the materials in these languages.

The course contains exercises that are evaluated, which the student must work out and pass to obtain the diploma of the course “Africa's regional integration” issued by EENI Business School & HA Independent University.

Susana Fernández with African Students

This course “Regional Economic Integration in Africa” is part of the following Online Higher Education Programs  taught by EENI Business School & HA University:
  1. Doctorates: Business in Africa, Foreign Trade
  2. Masters: International Business, Foreign Trade, Africa
  3. Bachelor of Science in Inter-African Business

The students who have taken this course (Regional Economic Integration in Africa) can validate and register for a Bachelor of Science, Master or Doctorate at EENI Business School & HA University.

Example of the Online Course - Regional Economic Integration in Africa:
Pillars of the African Integration





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Objectives of the Course “Africa Regional Integration” (eLearning)

The main objective of the online course “Regional Economic Integration in Africa” is to understand the irreversible process of African Integration whose final goal is the creation of the “African Continental Free-Trade Area.”

The specific aims of the course “Regional Economic Integration in Africa” are:

  1. To understand the fundamental role of the African Union, UNECA, African Development Bank and Regional economic communities and overlapping of functions (“Spaghetti Bowl”) in the process of African Integration
  2. To understand the four pillars of the Africa's Regional Integration
  3. To understand the African Economic Community, African Customs Union and the future “African Common Market
  4. To know the strengths and weakness of the African Integration
  5. To know the Status of the Regional Economic Integration in Africa
  6. To identify the obstacles to Intra-African Trade
  7. To be familiar with the Action Plan for Boosting Intra-African Trade (to reach 25% of intra-African trade)
  8. To learn about the advantages of Information and communication technologies (ICT) applied to inter-African Trade
  9. To understand the African Financial system integration and the role of Cross-border banking
  10. To understand the fundamental role of infrastructures (one of the drivers of the African Economic growth) and ICT (“African Mobile Revolution”) in the process of African Integration
  11. To be familiar with the PIDA (Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa)
  12. To evaluate the trading cost in Africa
  13. To know how the African enterprises can take advantage of the African Value Chains
  14. To learn about two good examples of African Integration: OHADA (Organisation for the Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa) and Tripartite Agreement (COMESA-EAC-SADC)
  15. To know the paths towards the African Continental Free-Trade Area (CFTA), benefits for Africa, and potential scenarios to achieve it

Course intended for all those wishing to understand the path towards the African Continental Free-Trade Area and socio-economic implications for Africa.

Subjects of the Course - Regional Economic Integration in Africa:

Subject 1- Introduction to the Regional Economic Integration in Africa. Syllabus:

This subject consists of four parts:

1- Introduction to the African Integration.

  1. History of the Regional Integration Process in the African Continent
  2. Abuja Treaty
  3. Towards an African Economic Community (AEC)
  4. Treaties and Protocols on Regional Integration

2- Regional Economic Communities (RECs) In Africa (Summary).

  1. CEN-SAD (Community of Sahel-Saharan States)
  2. COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa)
  3. EAC (East African Community)
  4. ECCAS (Economic Community of Central African States)
  5. ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States)
  6. IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development)
  7. SADC (Southern African Development Community)
  8. UMA (Arab Maghreb Union)
  9. COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

3- Other African Economic Groups (Summary).

  1. SACU (Southern African Customs Union)
  2. MRU (Mano River Union)
  3. IOC (Indian Ocean Commission)
  4. WAEMU (West African Economic and Monetary Union)
  5. WAMZ (West African Monetary Zone)
  6. ICGLR (International Conference on the Great Lakes Region)
  7. CEMAC (Central African Economic and Monetary Community)

4- The Four Pillars of the Regional Economic Integration in Africa.

  1. Trade and Market Integration
  2. Harmonisation of Sectoral Policies
  3. Macroeconomic Policy Convergence, Financial, and Monetary Integration
  4. Peace, Security, Stability, and Governance
  5. Facts and figures about Regional Economic Integration in Africa

Subject 2- Status of the Regional Economic Integration in Africa. Syllabus:

  1. Assessing Regional Economic Integration in Africa (ARIA) report (Economic Commission for Africa, African Development Bank, Africa Union)
  2. Developments in the major areas across the RECs (Regional Economic Communities)
  3. Free movement of people and right of establishment
  4. Macroeconomics policy convergence
  5. Physical integration in Africa
    1. Road
    2. Railway
    3. Air transport
    4. Energy
  6. Developments at the inter-REC and continental levels
  7. Mainstreaming regional integration
  8. Harmonising Rules of origin across Africa
  9. Trade Facilitation Measures and Programs
  10. Market Access and Services
  11. Trans-African Corridors initiatives
  12. Best Practices in Regional Economic Integration in Africa

African Free-Trade Area (Doctorate, Master)

Description of the Course: Regional Economic Integration in Africa.

The Regional Economic Communities are the main customers of the Economic Commission for Africa at the sub-regional level. The commission and its Sub-Regional Office works in close collaboration with the main Regional Economic Communities to harmonise membership, reinforce policy and build technical capacity to pursue Regional Economic Integration in Africa.

There are multiple regional trading blocs in Africa, known as Regional Economic Communities, many of which have overlapping memberships.

The ultimate goal of the Economic Commission for Africa is to create an African Common Market. An area where the Regional Economic Communities have been observed to be more active in trade and market integration.

On average, all the Regional Economic Communities and intra-intergovernmental organisations registered positive growth in exports to the community members, with the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa and CENSAD showing an average increase of 40% or more.

The West African Economic and Monetary Union, Intergovernmental Authority on Development, Southern African Development Community, Economic Community of West African States, Arab Maghreb Union and the OIC registered growth in exports to the community in the range of 20-40%.

The Constitutive Act of the African Union makes it clear that the main goal of the African Union is to set up an African Economic Community and assigns to the Regional Economic Communities the primary responsibility. An intermediate stage in this effort is the transition of the Regional Economic Communities into customs unions.

A continuous evaluation of the integration efficiency in Africa is fundamental to gain a deeper understanding of the strengths and weakness of the African Integration efforts. It is from this perspective that the African Union Commission and the Economic Commission for Africa publish the report on Assessing Regional Economic Integration in Africa (ARIA).

The cost of doing business in Africa is usually high, due in part to the infrastructure gaps, duplicative border customs procedures and uncomfortable paper requisites. The Paperless foreign trade remains a distant objective. The free movement of people and right of establishment has advanced in some Regional Economic Communities but remain a paper objective in many other African sub-regions.

The African exports remain heavily concentrated in a few primary commodities, especially fuels and mining products. Of the top twenty exported products by Africa, the vast majority are fuels, fuel products, and mineral products. A few are basic agricultural commodities (sugar, cotton, cocoa, and coffee), and a slight number are manufactured goods.

The International Transport is critical to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (United Nations) and the objectives of the Regional Economic Integration in Africa. It is of particular importance important to intensify Africa's competitiveness in regional and Global Markets by reducing the high cost of doing business in Africa, exacerbated by deficiencies in transport infrastructure.

Methodology: e-learning (Online) / Distance Learning.

Area of Knowledge: Africa

Africa: Foreign Trade and Business (Master)
African Portal - EENI Business School & HA University

Samples of the Course: Regional Economic Integration in Africa

Facts Integration Africa

Africa National single window

Intra-African Trade

Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA)

COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Agreement (Africa)

Financial Integration in Africa

Online Course: African Value Chains

Africa Free-Trade Area (e-Course)

Online Course: African Regional Economic Communities

Central African Integration

Southern African Integration

West African Economic Integration (Online Course)

East African Economic Integration (Online Course)

Members COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite

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