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Syllabus of the Online Course (Subject): Action Plan for Boosting Intra-African Trade.

The course (subject) “Intra-African Trade” consists of two parts:

1- Introduction to Intra-African Trade.

  1. Obstacles to Intra-African Trade
  2. Diversification of the African exports
  3. Lack of African infrastructures
  4. Free-Trade Areas in Africa
  5. Trade liberalisation
  6. Trade barriers
  7. Cross-border African trade
  8. African customs
  9. Information networks
  10. Information and communications technology (ICT)
  11. High costs of doing business in Africa
  12. African financial markets and access to credit
  13. Currencies: Multiplicity and non-convertible.
    1. The case of the CFA Franc and the South African Rand
  14. Free movement of people, labour, and capital
  15. Lack of African regional frameworks for services in trade liberalisation

2- Action Plan for Boosting Intra-African Trade (Economic Commission for Africa and the African Union).

  1. Trade Policy
  2. Trade Facilitation
  3. Trade-Related Infrastructure
  4. Trade Finance
  5. Trade Information
  6. Factor Market Integration
  7. Towards the African Continental Free-Trade Area (CFTA)

Example of the Online Course: Intra-African Trade
Intra-African Trade

The eLearning Course (Subject) “Intra-African Trade” is part of the:
  1. Doctorates: Business in Africa, Foreign Trade
  2. Course: Regional Integration in Africa
  3. Masters: International Business, Foreign Trade, Africa
  4. Bachelor of Science in Inter-African Business

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Description of the Online Course: Action Plan for Boosting Intra-African Trade.

The main objective of the Action Plan for Boosting Intra-African trade is to reach 25% of the intra-African trade (currently, is 10% - 13%) through the regional integration.

The final aim is to create a continental market (the African Common Market): the African Continental Free-Trade Area (CFTA)

Although the African products have a competitive cost “in factory (EXW)” but the distribution process in Africa (transport, handling, customs, and storage) increases the final price and therefore they generate a loss of competitiveness.

The Action Plan for Boosting Intra-African Trade identifies several obstacles to Intra-African Trade (Export Diversification, Lack of infrastructures, African trade barriers, African cross-border trade, customs)

One of the troubles of the intra-African trade is the long delay of Customs in Africa (12 days), to high compared by example with Central Asia (6 days).

Near 80% of the African exports are exported out of Africa.

The development of National Single Windows is a key factor to improve the intra-African trade.

The Regional Economic Communities (REC), like COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa), EAC (East African Community), SADC (Southern African Development Community), IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development), ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States), CEN-SAD, ECCAS (Economic Community of Central African States) or the Arab Maghreb Union are the key pillar of this vision according to the Treaty of Abuja (the African Economic Community).

The Regional Economic Communities are working in free-trade areas, customs union, common markets and economic and monetary unions.

The Economic Commission for Africa and African Union are the promoters of this ambitious plan.

The COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Agreement or Organisation for the Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa (OHADA) are good examples of the regional integration in Africa that can boost the intra-African trade.

Today, Africa only represent the 3% of the global trade. China, India, European Union, and the United States (African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) programme) are the top partners of Africa.

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