e-Course: Regional Economic Integration in Africa

EENI Business School & HA University

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

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

Regional Integration in Africa (Master Course)

  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 “Professional 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. Students can begin the course when he/she wishes (open enrolment) and from any place in the world
  5. Requires an average dedication of 12 hours per week
  6. Duration: six weeks
  7. Download the syllabus of the “Professional Course: Regional Economic Integration in Africa” (PDF)

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 course materials in these languages (free multilingual training).

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

The specific aims of the “Professional Course: Regional Economic Integration in Africa” are the following:

  1. To understand the fundamental role of the African Union, the UNECA, the African Development Bank and the Regional economic communities and the function overlapping (“Spaghetti Bowl”) in the African Integration process
  2. To understand the four pillars of the African Regional Integration
  3. To understand the African Economic Community, the 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 the Intra-African Trade
  7. To be familiar with the Action Plan for Boosting Intra-African Trade (to reach 25% of the intra-African trade)
  8. To learn about the advantages of the Information and communication technologies (ICT) applied to the inter-African Trade
  9. To understand the African Financial system integration and the role of the Cross-border banking
  10. To understand the fundamental role of infrastructures (one of the drivers of the African Economic growth) and the ICT (“African Mobile Revolution”) in the African Integration process
  11. To be familiar with the PIDA (Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa)
  12. To evaluate the trading costs 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 the 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), the benefits for Africa, and the potential scenarios to achieve it

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

The course contains exercises that are evaluated, which the student must work out and pass to obtain the diploma “Professional Course: Regional Economic Integration in Africa” issued by EENI Business School & HA Independent University.

African Students, Master International Business

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: African Business, Global Trade
  2. Masters: Business in Africa, Transport in Africa, International Business, Foreign Trade

Students who have taken this Professional Course (Regional Economic Integration in Africa) can validate and register for a Master or Doctorate at EENI Business School & HA University.

Online Enrolment Procedure (continuous):

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Pillars of the African Integration





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Subjects of the Professional 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 Economic 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. Sectoral Harmonisation Policies
  3. Macroeconomic Policy Convergence, Financial, and Monetary Integration
  4. Peace, Security, Stability, and Governance
  5. Facts and figures about the 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 REC (Regional Economic Communities)
  3. Free movement of people and right of establishment
  4. Macroeconomics policy convergence
  5. Physical integration in Africa
    1. Road Transport
    2. Rail transport
    3. Air transport
    4. Energy
  6. Developments at inter-REC and continental levels
  7. Mainstreaming regional integration
  8. Harmonising the 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 the African Regional Economic Integration

African Free-Trade Area (Doctorate, Master)

Description of the Professional 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 the 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 the 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 the CENSAD showing an average increase of 40% or more.

The West African Economic and Monetary Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, the Southern African Development Community, the Economic Community of West African States, the 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 a customs union.

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, the duplicative border customs procedures and the uncomfortable paper requisites. The Foreign trade paperless remains a distant objective. The Free movement of people and right of establishment has advanced in some Regional Economic Communities but remain a key 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 African competitiveness in the regional and Global Markets by reducing high cost of doing business in Africa, exacerbated by deficiencies in the 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) Master

COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Agreement (Master Africa)

Financial Integration in Africa

Master Course: African Value Chains

Africa Free-Trade Area (e-Course)

Master Course: African Regional Economic Communities

Central African Integration

Southern African Integration

West African Economic Integration (Master, Course)

East African Economic Integration (Master, Course)

Members COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite

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