Blocked arteries: The EU’s problem with African integration


Encouraging regional integration could improve economic diversification and economic security in North Africa, while encouraging the regional labour migration that has long helped sustain the Sahel and West Africa.

On 21 March 2018, at an Extraordinary Summit of the African Union (AU) in Kigali, representatives and heads of state from 44 African countries signed an ostensibly landmark protocol launching the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA). Moussa Faki Mahamat, chair of the AU commission, heralded the move as “driven by the conviction that integration is not an option, but an imperative”. The launch of the ACFTA is only the beginning of a long process designed to enhance intra-African commercial links, but it is one that demonstrates a potential future for a rising…

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