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COMESA Call For Research Papers: Boosting Intra-African Trade

The importance of boosting intra-African trade has gained significant impetus in shaping continental development strategies since the signing of the Abuja Treaty at the 8th African Union Summit of Heads of State and Governments, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 23 to 30 January 2012.

Since the implementation of the Abuja Treaty, the role of Regional Economic Communities (RECs) have become increasingly important, as is evidenced by the establishment of the African Economic Community (ACE).

As one of the largest RECs in Africa, COMESA has a critical role to play in consolidating regional markets. COMESA successfully established a Free Trade Area (FTA) between their 19 member states in October 2000, with the primary goal of facilitating regional integration through zero customs tariffs on goods traded between countries.

Despite the progress made during the negotiation process, implementation of the trade agreements among COMESA members has been slow. This has led to the establishment of the COMESA-ACBF Capacity Building Programme in Economic and Trade Policy Research and Analysis. The purpose of the programme is to undertake policy-oriented research to facilitate evidence-based decision making in COMESA.

For Call For Papers

The COMESA-ACBF Capacity Building Programme has extended a call for empirical and/or policy-oriented research papers that speak to regional integration in COMESA in the context of boosting intra-African trade.

COMESA invites researchers to submit extended abstracts and full papers under the identified research areas. The abstracts and papers will be reviewed, and successful authors will be asked to make presentations at the 3rd COMESA Research Forum scheduled for July 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda.

Successful candidates will be assisted during a formal research forum and will be provided with a return economy air ticket, accommodation and daily subsistence allowance. A selection of papers will be peer reviewed and published in COMESA’s flagship publication “Key Issues in Regional Integration Volume VI”.

Submissions of draft papers or extended abstracts must be received by 15 March 2017.

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