Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics

The Trade Hot Topics series provides concise and informative analyses of various trade and trade-related issues which are prepared both by Commonwealth Secretariat and international experts.


Building Africa's Post-COVID Economic Resilience

What Role for the AfCFTA?

Despite the delay to the implementation and subsequent negotiating phases of the AfCFTA, this issue of Trade Hot Topics discusses how current achievements and ongoing negotiations for Phase 1 (movement of goods and services) and future negotiations for Phase 2 (investment, competition policy and e-commerce) can be positioned as a catalyst to enhance a trade paradigm capable of withstanding shocks to the international trading system.


Keywords: trade policy, COVID-19, Africa, AfCFTA
JEL: O55: Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth / Economywide Country Studies / Economywide Country Studies: Africa; F53: International Economics / International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy / International Agreements and Observance; International Organizations; R11: Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics / General Regional Economics / Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes; F13: International Economics / Trade / Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
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