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Africa Trade Policy Notes

January 12, 2015

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The Africa Trade Policy Notes series provides accessible summaries of the key policy messages coming from work on trade and regional integration by the Africa Region of the World Bank.

The policy notes cover a wide range of traditional and emerging trade issues for African countries, including trade policy and agreements, trade in services, export competitiveness, trade facilitation, non-tariff barriers to trade, and distributional effects of trade and trade policy reform. 

This series of policy notes and much of the work upon which they are based is supported by the Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Trade 2 which is supported by the governments of the Sweden, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.

Policy Note No. 43: Benefits of the ECOWAS and EPA will Outweigh Costs in Nigeria, but Competitiveness is the Real Issue Antoine Coste, Erik von Uexkull

Policy Note 42: Domestic Obstacles to Trade and Transport in Nigeria and their Impact on Competitiveness Antoine Coste

Policy Note 41: Improving Behavior at Borders to Promote Trade Formalization: The Charter for Cross-Border Traders Paul Brenton, Nora Dihel, Mombert Hoppe, Carmine Soprano

Policy Note No.40: "Tourism in Africa: Harnessing Tourism for Growth and Improved Livelihoods" Iain Christie, Eneida Fernandes, Hannah Messerli, and Louise Twining-Ward

Policy Note No.39: "Reducing Dwell Time to Boost Efficiency at the Port of Cotonou" David Cal MacWilliam

Policy Note No.38: "Unshackling Women Traders: Cross-Border Trade of Eru from Cameroon to Nigeria" Louis Njie Ndumbe

Policy Note No.37: "Where Informal Procedures are Quasi-Formal – Cross-Border Trade between West and Central Africa" Mukhtar Amin and Mombert Hoppe

Policy Note No.36: "Regional Trade of Food Staples and Crop Inputs in West Africa" John Keyser

Policy Note No.35: "How to Push Efficiency Enhancing Reforms at the Port of Dar Es Salaam?" Jacques Morisset, Charles Moret, and Julie Regolo

Policy Note No.34: "Africa Can Feed Africa: Removing Barriers to Regional Trade in Food Staples" Paul Brenton

Policy Note No.33: "Regional Quality Standards for Food Staples in Africa: Harmonization not Always Appropriate" John Keyser

Policy Note No.32: "Counting the Costs of Compliance with Trade Requirements from a Value Chain Perspective: Evidence from Southern Africa" John Keyser

Policy Note No.31: "Addressing Standards Management Challenges from a Strategic Perspective" Josephat Kweka, Paolo Zacchia, Elizabeth Mehta

Policy Note No.30: "Removing Barriers to Trade between Ghana and Nigeria: Strengthening Regional Integration by Implementing ECOWAS Commitments" Mombert Hoppe and Francis Aidoo

Policy Note No.29: "Assessing the Price Raising Impact of Non-Tariff Measures in Africa" Olivier Cadot and Julien Gourdon

Policy Note No.28: "Import Bans in Nigeria Create Poverty" Volker Treichel, Mombert Hoppe, Olivier Cadot, Julien Gourdon

Policy Note No.27: "Why Trade Facilitation is Important for Africa" Barbara Rippel

Policy Note No.26: "Beyond the Nakumatt Generation: Distribution Services in East Africa" Nora Dihel

Policy Note No.25: "Institutional Best Practices for Special Economic Zones: An Application to Tanzania" Tom Farole and Josaphat Kweka.

Policy Note No.24: "Increasing Trade in Banking and Insurance Services in the West Africa Monetary Zone"Thilasoni Benjamin Musuku, Patrick Elat, Andrew Lovegrove, and Oliver Reichert

Policy Note No.23:"Lowering the Cost of Payments and Money Transfers in UEMOA" Thilasoni Benjamin Musuku, Guy Patrick Ewoukem

Policy Note No.22: "Scaling-up Regional Financial Integration in the EAC"
Smita Wagh, Andrew Lovegrove and John Kashangaki

Policy Note No.21: "Enhancing the Recent Growth of Cross-Border Trade between South Sudan and Uganda"Yutaka Yoshino, Grace Ngungi and Ephrem Asebe

Policy Note No.20:"Can Kenya Become a Global Exporter of Business Services?"
Nora Dihel, Ana Margarida Fernandes, Richard Gicho, John Kashangaki, Nicholas Strychacz

Policy Note No.19: "Economic Integration in the Lower Congo Region: Opening the Kinshasa-Brazzaville Bottleneck" Marius Brulhart and Mombert Hoppe

Policy Note No.18:"Deepening Regional Integration to Address Burundi's Trade Challenges and Support Economic Growth" Nora Dihel

Policy Note No. 17: "The Role of Clearing and Forwarding Agents in Reforming the EAC Logistics Sector" John Arnold, John Mathenge, Nora Dihel and Nicholas Strychacz

Policy Note No. 16: "The Impact of Multiple-Taxation on Competitiveness in Nigeria" Mombert Hoppe, Nihal Pitigala

Policy Note No. 15: "Regional Trade Agreements in Sub-Saharan Africa: Supporting Export Diversification" Paul Brenton, Nora Dihel, Ian Gillson, Mombert Hoppe

Policy Note No. 14: "The Challenges and Opportunities of Ghana's Offshore Oil Discovery" Africa Trade Policy Notes, The World Bank.

Policy Note No. 13: "Reforming African Customs: The Results of the Cameroonian Performance Contract Pilot"Thomas Cantens, Gael Raballand, Nicholas Strychacz, Tchapa Tchouawou

Policy Note No. 12: "The Business Environment in Southern Africa: Issues in Trade and Market Integration"Taye Mengistae

Policy Note No. 11: "Risky Business: Poor Women Cross-Border Traders in the Great Lakes Region of Africa"Paul Brenton, Celestin Bashinge Bucekuderhwa, Caroline Hossein, Shiho Nagaki, and Jean Baptiste Ntagoma

Policy Note No. 10: "Towards a Regional Integration of Professional Services in Southern Africa" Nora Dihel, Ana Margarida Fernandes, Aaditya Mattoo

Policy Note No. 9: "Deepening Regional Integration to Eliminate the Fragmented Goods Market in Southern Africa" Ian Gillson

Policy Note No. 8: "Addressing the Trade Challenges Facing Landlocked LDCs: The Experience of Lesotho" Ian Gillson and Nicholas Strychacz

Policy Note No. 7: "Addressing Trade Restrictive Non-Tariff Measures on Goods Trade in the East African Community" Robert Kirk

Policy Note No. 6: "Africa's Trade in Services and the Opportunities and Risks of Economic Partnership Agreements" Paul Brenton, Nora Dihel, Larry Hinkle, and Nicholas Strychacz.

Policy Note No. 5: "Reform and Regional Integration of Professional Services in East Africa" Nora Dihel, Ana Margarida Fernandes, Aaditya Mattoo and Nicholas Strychacz.

Policy Note No. 4: "Estimating the Fiscal Impact of the Côte d’Ivoire-EU Economic Partnership Agreement"Mombert Hoppe.

Policy Note No. 3: ">Developing an African Offshoring Industry - The Case of Nigeria" Ismail Radwan and Nicholas Strychacz.

Policy Note No. 2: "Non-Tariff Barriers and Regional Standards in the EAC Dairy Sector" Michael F. Jensen, John Keyser, and Nicholas Strychacz.

Policy Note No. 1: "Facilitating Cross-border Mobile Banking in Southern Africa" Samuel Maimbo, Tania Saranga, and Nicholas Strychacz.

 

 


French Translations



Notes de politique commerciale, Note 37 : "Formalisation des procédures informelles - le commerce transfrontalier entre l'Afrique occidentale et centrale" Mukhtar Amin and Mombert Hoppe

Notes de politique commerciale, Note 33 : "Normes de qualité régionales pour les denrées alimentaires en Afrique : L’harmonisation n’est pas toujours appropriée." John Keyser

Notes de politique commerciale, Note 30 : "Elimination des obstacles au commerce entre le Ghana et le Nigeria: Renforcer l'intégration régionale par la mise en oeuvre des engagements de la CEDEAO" Mombert Hoppe and Francis Aidoo

Notes de politique commerciale, Note 28 : "Les interdictions d’importation au Nigeria augmentent la pauvreté" Volker Treichel, Mombert Hoppe, Olivier Cadot, Julien Gourdon

Notes de politique commerciale, Note 13: "Réforme des douanes africaines : les résultats des contrats de performance au Cameroun" Thomas Cantens, Gael Raballand, Nicholas Strychacz, Tchapa Tchouawou.

Notes de politique commerciale, Note 11: "Les femmes pauvres qui pratiquent le commerce transfrontalier dans le région des Grands Lacs de l'Afrique" Paul Brenton, Celestin Bashinge Bucekuderhwa, Caroline Hossein, Shiho Nagaki, et Jean Baptiste Ntagoma.

Notes de politique commerciale, Note 6: "Le commerce des services en Afrique: opportunités et dangers des accords de partenariat économiques" Paul Brenton, Nora Dihel, Larry Hinkle, et Nicholas Strychacz.

Notes de politique commerciale, Note 5: "Réforme et intégration régionale des services professionnels en Afrique de l'Est" Nora Dihel, Ana Margarida Fernandes, Aaditya Mattoo et Nicholas Strychacz.