"Asia and Africa today"
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of the Russian Academy of Sciences
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ISSN 0321-5075. Published since July 1957.

"Asia and Africa today" № 9 2020





Аuthor Ekaterina N. ZANOSKINA
Junior Research Fellow, Centre for Global and Strategic Studies, Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

  This article deals with the topical issue of the impact of global trends on intra-African trade dynamics and the recent progress of integration processes. Intra-African trade has increased significantly over the last twenty years, but it is still smaller than in other regions of the world.

  While the signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement is a noteworthy achievement, it is only the beginning of a major of what is likely to be a long and challenging process of boosting intra-African trade, particularly when implemented alongside trade facilitation measures. Projected increases in intra-African trade are highest for industrial products which demonstrates the role the CFTA can play in driving Africa’s structural transformation.

  This paper analyses the political economy of trade policymaking in Africa’s two largest economies, Nigeria and South Africa, to better understand which country will lead the integration process. Both have played major roles in the integration processes of their respective regions. In West Africa, Nigeria has long been the motor behind regional cooperation in ECOWAS. However, the country often takes protectionist measures in trade with its neighbors, slowing down the ECOWAS market integration agenda. South Africa, meanwhile, has played a dominant role in the development of Southern Africa, strongly influencing SADC trade dynamics. South Africa is essential in the AfCFTA negotiations.

  Our study concludes that South Africa has a stronger economic position in regional affairs than Nigeria, and is entitled to be considered a regional power in Africa.

Keywords: intra-African trade, regional power, trade integration, AfCFTA Agreement, Africa
Pages 58-63