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Tourism in Africa : harnessing tourism for growth and improved livelihoods (English)

Tourism is one of the key industries driving the current economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). From a small base of just 6.7 million visitors in 1990, SSA attracted 33.8 million visitors in 2012. ... See More +

Brief 81835 OCT 01, 2013

Christie, Iain; Fernandes, Eneida; Messerli, Hannah; Twining-Ward, Louise

Reducing dwell time to boost efficiency at the Port of Cotonou (English)

The Port of Cotonou is of primary importance to economic growth and diversification in Benin. Furthermore, given its key geographic location as a port serving Niger and other land-locked countries to its north, and its proximity to Nigeria and Lagos, the Port of Cotonou is an important regional port. ... See More +

Brief 79712 JUL 01, 2013

MacWilliam, David Cal

Reducing dwell time to boost efficiency at the Port of Cotonou (English)

The Port of Cotonou is of primary importance to economic growth and diversification in Benin. Furthermore, given its key geographic location as a port serving Niger and other land-locked countries to its north, and its proximity to Nigeria and Lagos, the Port of Cotonou is an important regional port. ... See More +

Brief 80541 JUL 01, 2013

MacWilliam, David Cal

Unshackling women traders : cross-border trade of Eru from Cameroon to Nigeria (English)

Eru, a vegetable found in the forest, plays an important role in trade between countries in West and Central Africa, especially between Cameroon and Nigeria. ... See More +

Brief 79711 JUN 01, 2013

Ndumbe, Louis Njie

Unshackling women traders : cross-border trade of Eru from Cameroon to Nigeria (English)

Eru, a vegetable found in the forest, plays an important role in trade between countries in West and Central Africa, especially between Cameroon and Nigeria. ... See More +

Brief 80540 JUN 01, 2013

Ndumbe, Louis Njie

Where informal procedures are quasi-formal - cross-border trade between West and Central Africa (English)

This note outlines the critical barriers that constrain trade between Nigeria and Cameroon, describes the practical norms that have emerged as a response to those constraints, and recommends key reforms for the governments to undertake. ... See More +

Brief 78406 MAY 01, 2013

Amin, Mukhtar; Hoppe, Mombert

Where informal procedures are quasi-formal : cross-border trade between West and Central Africa (English)

The border between Cameroon and Nigeria is also the border between West and Central Africa and the two regional trade communities of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC). ... See More +

Brief 80539 MAY 01, 2013

Amin, Mukhtar; Hoppe, Mombert

Regional trade of food staples and crop inputs in West Africa (English)

Rising prices for basic food products are back in the headlines and when food prices go up poor consumers in Africa, who spend the majority of their income on simple foodstuffs, suffer. ... See More +

Brief 76221 MAR 01, 2013

Keyser, John

How to push efficiency enhancing reforms at the port of Dar Es Salaam? (English)

The Port of Dar Es Salaam, the second largest in East Africa after Mombasa, is one of the least efficient on the planet, hindering trade and economic expansion not just for Tanzania but also for neighboring landlocked countries. ... See More +

Brief 76220 FEB 01, 2013

Moret, Charles; Regolo, Julie; Morisset, Jacques

Africa can help feed Africa : removing barriers to regional trade in food staples (English)

Africa is not achieving its potential in food trade. The growing demand for food in Africa is increasingly being met by imports from the global market. ... See More +

Brief 76219 NOV 01, 2012

Brenton, Paul

Counting the costs of compliance with trade requirements from a value chain perspective : evidence from Southern Africa (English)

This note uses a value chain perspective to show how the cost of complying with regional trade requirements affects agriculture competitiveness and rural incomes. ... See More +

Brief 72848 JUL 01, 2012

Keyser, John

Regional quality standards for food staples in Africa : harmonization not always appropriate (English)

One approach to improve the trade environment for food staples that has gained considerable momentum and widespread support in recent years has been to harmonize quality standards across countries and with international ones. ... See More +

Brief 72854 JUL 01, 2012

Keyser, John

Addressing standards management challenges from a strategic trade perspective (English)

Export diversification and expansion is an integral part of the Government of Tanzania's trade and competitiveness strategy. Nontraditional agricultural exports, notably in fish and horticulture products, have exhibited strong growth in the last decade. ... See More +

Brief 71295 MAY 01, 2012

Kweka, Josaphat; Zacchia, Paolo; Mehta, Elizabeth

Import bans in Nigeria increase poverty (English)

Nigeria currently prohibits importation of 24 groups of items. These include a range of food products, certain medicines, industrial products such as glass bottles and textile fabrics and consumer products including footwear and furniture. ... See More +

Brief 67874 MAR 01, 2012

Treichel, Volker; Cadot, Olivier; Gourdon, Julien; Hoppe, Mombert

Import bans in Nigeria increase poverty (English)

Nigeria currently prohibits importation of 24 groups of items. These include a range of food products, certain medicines, industrial products such as glass bottles and textile fabrics and consumer products including footwear and furniture. ... See More +

Brief 67997 MAR 01, 2012

Treichel, Volker; Cadot, Olivier; Gourdon, Julien; Hoppe, Mombert

Assessing the price raising impact of non-tariff measures in Africa (English)

Ample anecdotal evidence summarized in, inter alia, Gillson (2011) and Charalambides and Gillson (2011) suggests that non-tariff measures (NTMs), whether protectionist in intent or not, raise trade costs and inhibit regional trade in Africa.1 Beyond old-style quantitative restrictions (QRs) and bans, even measures that could be potentially justified by market failures like Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures or product standards are often ill-suited to both consumer protection needs and State monitoring capabilities, generating unnecessary hurdles. ... See More +

Brief 67998 MAR 01, 2012

Cadot, Olivier; Gourdon, Julien

Removing barriers to trade between Ghana and Nigeria : strengthening regional integration by implementing ECOWAS commitments (English)

Global markets offer important opportunities for companies in developing countries. By exporting to larger markets, the companies can increase production, growth, and employment at a faster pace than by focusing only on smaller domestic markets. ... See More +

Brief 67999 MAR 01, 2012

Hoppe, Mombert; Aidoo, Francis

Why trade facilitation is important for Africa (English)

Trade facilitation can provide important opportunities for Africa by increasing the benefits from open trade, and contributing to economic growth and poverty reduction. ... See More +

Brief 66320 NOV 01, 2011

Rippel, Barbara

Beyond the Nakumatt generation : distribution services in East Africa (English)

Distribution services are an important driver of growth in East Africa. With contributions to gross domestic product (GDP) ranging from about 11 percent in Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania to more than 14 percent in Uganda in 2008/09 distribution services are a significant part of all East African economies. ... See More +

Brief 66319 SEP 01, 2011

Dihel, Nora

Increasing trade in banking and insurance services in West Africa monetary zone (English)

This policy note identifies a limited number of 'quick wins' for integration of the banking and insurance sectors in West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ) which could be used as confidence building successes from which to build momentum for further integration centered reforms as well as an agenda for medium-term progress in integration of the sector. ... See More +

Brief 63812 AUG 01, 2011

Elat, Patrick; Reichert, Oliver; Lovegrove, Andrew; Musuku, Thilasoni Benjamin

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Tourism in Africa : harnessing tourism for growth and improved livelihoods (English)
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OCT 01, 2013 81835 Brief
Reducing dwell time to boost efficiency at the Port of Cotonou (English)
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JUL 01, 2013 79712 Brief
Reducing dwell time to boost efficiency at the Port of Cotonou (English)
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JUL 01, 2013 80541 Brief
Unshackling women traders : cross-border trade of Eru from Cameroon to Nigeria (English)
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JUN 01, 2013 79711 Brief
Unshackling women traders : cross-border trade of Eru from Cameroon to Nigeria (English)
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JUN 01, 2013 80540 Brief
Where informal procedures are quasi-formal - cross-border trade between West and Central Africa (English)
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MAY 01, 2013 78406 Brief
Where informal procedures are quasi-formal : cross-border trade between West and Central Africa (English)
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MAY 01, 2013 80539 Brief
Regional trade of food staples and crop inputs in West Africa (English)
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MAR 01, 2013 76221 Brief
How to push efficiency enhancing reforms at the port of Dar Es Salaam? (English)
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FEB 01, 2013 76220 Brief
Africa can help feed Africa : removing barriers to regional trade in food staples (English)
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NOV 01, 2012 76219 Brief
Counting the costs of compliance with trade requirements from a value chain perspective : evidence from Southern Africa (English)
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JUL 01, 2012 72848 Brief
Regional quality standards for food staples in Africa : harmonization not always appropriate (English)
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JUL 01, 2012 72854 Brief
Addressing standards management challenges from a strategic trade perspective (English)
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MAY 01, 2012 71295 Brief
Import bans in Nigeria increase poverty (English)
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MAR 01, 2012 67874 Brief
Import bans in Nigeria increase poverty (English)
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MAR 01, 2012 67997 Brief
Assessing the price raising impact of non-tariff measures in Africa (English)
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MAR 01, 2012 67998 Brief
Removing barriers to trade between Ghana and Nigeria : strengthening regional integration by implementing ECOWAS commitments (English)
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MAR 01, 2012 67999 Brief
Why trade facilitation is important for Africa (English)
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NOV 01, 2011 66320 Brief
Beyond the Nakumatt generation : distribution services in East Africa (English)
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SEP 01, 2011 66319 Brief
Increasing trade in banking and insurance services in West Africa monetary zone (English)
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AUG 01, 2011 63812 Brief