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Benefits of the ECOWAS CET and EPA will outweigh costs in Nigeria, but competitiveness is the real issue (English)

This note analyzes the benefits of ECOWAS Common External Tariff (CET) and Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) will outweigh costs in Nigeria, but competitiveness is the real issue. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 93642 JAN 01, 2015

Coste, Antoine; von Uexkull, Erik Disclosed

Improving behavior at borders to promote trade formalization : the charter for cross-border traders (English)

Informal trade supports the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of households in Africa, reaches markets and clients that are underserved by formal channels, and contributes to regional food security. ... See More +

Brief 89473 JUL 01, 2014

Brenton, Paul; Dihel, Nora; Hoppe, Mombert; Soprano, Carmine Disclosed

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 Disclosed

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 Disclosed

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 French Disclosed

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 French Disclosed

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 Disclosed

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

Morisset, Jacques; Moret, Charles; Regolo, Julie Disclosed

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 Disclosed

Regional quality standards for food staples in Africa : harmonization not always appropriate : Normes de qualité régionales pour les denrées alimentaires en Afrique : L'harmonisation n'est pas toujours appropriée (French)

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 C. English Disclosed

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 Disclosed

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 C. French Disclosed

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 Disclosed

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; Hoppe, Mombert; Cadot, Olivier; Gourdon, Julien French Disclosed

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 Disclosed

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 Disclosed

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

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

Lowering the cost of payments and money transfers in UEMOA (English)

This policy note had two principal objectives: the first is to identify opportunities for and barriers to reducing the cost of money transfers between and within West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) member countries. ... See More +

Brief 63811 JUL 01, 2011

Musuku, Thilasoni Benjamin; Malaguti, Maria Chiara; Mason, Andrew McEwen; Pereira, Ceu Disclosed

Scaling-up regional financial integration in the EAC (English)

In the East African Community (EAC) commercial banks have generally been ahead of the curve in assessing the potential of the regional financial market. ... See More +

Brief 63810 JUL 01, 2011

Wagh, Smita; Lovegrove, Andrew; Kashangaki, John Disclosed

Enhancing the recent growth of cross-border trade between South Sudan and Uganda (English)

This note describes the recent trend and the pattern of trade between South Sudan and Uganda, which showed a dramatic growth initially but remains vulnerable to changing local security conditions. ... See More +

Brief 63809 JUN 01, 2011

Yoshino, Yutaka; Ngungi, Grace; Asebe, Ephrem Disclosed

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Benefits of the ECOWAS CET and EPA will outweigh costs in Nigeria, but competitiveness is the real issue (English)
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JAN 01, 2015 93642 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Improving behavior at borders to promote trade formalization : the charter for cross-border traders (English)
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JUL 01, 2014 89473 Brief
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
Unshackling women traders : cross-border trade of Eru from Cameroon to Nigeria (English)
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JUN 01, 2013 79711 Brief French
Where informal procedures are quasi-formal : cross-border trade between West and Central Africa (English)
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MAY 01, 2013 78406 Brief French
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
Regional quality standards for food staples in Africa : harmonization not always appropriate : Normes de qualité régionales pour les denrées alimentaires en Afrique : L'harmonisation n'est pas toujours appropriée (French)
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JUL 01, 2012 72854 Brief English
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 French
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 French
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
Lowering the cost of payments and money transfers in UEMOA (English)
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JUL 01, 2011 63811 Brief
Scaling-up regional financial integration in the EAC (English)
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JUL 01, 2011 63810 Brief
Enhancing the recent growth of cross-border trade between South Sudan and Uganda (English)
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JUN 01, 2011 63809 Brief