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The African Continental Free Trade Area has the potential to boost growth and lift 30 million people out of extreme poverty.

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Explore data and analysis on the evolution of preferential trade agreements.


Maintaining trade flows will be crucial in limiting negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Caroline Freund

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Belt and Road Initiative

China proposed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013 to improve connectivity and cooperation on a transcontinental scale.

Regional Trade Agreements

Deep trade agreements are increasing in number and depth. Find out why they are important to regional integration.

One South Asia

The World Bank Group supports greater cooperation and regional economic integration in South Asia.

Database: Content of Deep Trade Agreements

This dataset on the content of preferential trade agreements (PTAs) maps 52 provisions in 279 PTAs notified at WTO signed between 1958 and 2015.

Africa - Regional integration stories from the field

The World Bank Group's Regional Integration Program in Sub-Saharan Africa allows countries to come together to address challenges of small and fragmented markets.

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