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Trade Policy Development - AfDB

Trade Policy Development - AfDB

Information dated: 2015
Contact

The Director

NEPAD, Regional Integration and

Trade Department (ONRI)

African Development Bank

B.P. 323 - 1002

Tunis Belvédère, Tunisia

Tel: +216 71 10 2825,

+216 71 10 2156,

+216 71 10 3477,

Fax: +216 71 33 2694

E-mail: A.Rugamba [at] afdb.org

Regional integration strategy

The Bank’s engagement in regional integration is underpinned by its Medium Term Strategy (MTS), 2008-2012 and the Regional Integration Strategy (RIS),2009-2012. The African continent has to scale up substantial investments in regional infrastructure development and capacity building in order to make regional integration productive and effective in delivering development. Complementarities are needed in addressing hard and soft infrastructure constraints. While upgrading and building better roads, railways, ports, border constructions, energy installations etc., is important commensurate measures must be taken to improve and remove the legal, regulatory and institutional barriers that constrain the private sector and other businesses operational envi­ronment. To structure and improve its interventions in addressing these constraints the Bank has in 2011 devel­oped the West, Eastern, Central and Southern Africa Regional Integration Strategy Papers (RISPs) respectively that give effect to the regional dimensions. The Northern Africa RISP is still under preparation. The RISPs fur­ther aim at providing an analytical framework for streamlining regional operations (ROs) in the Bank and iden­tify the Regional Public Goods for which the Bank could potentially provide funding support.

Contact

The Director

African Development Institute (ADI)

Office of the Chief Economist

African Development Bank

B.P. 323 - 1002

Tunis Belvédère, Tunisia

Tel: +216 71 10 3513,

+216 71 10 2075,

+216 71 10 2075,

Fax: +216 71 83 3916

E-mail: s.benyahya [at] adfb.org,

s.tapsoba [at] afdb.org,

d.mbengue [at] afdb.org

Trade policy training

The African Development Institute’s programme activities for regional member countries and Bank staff for 2012 included several trade policy training components on trade and regional integration. The main focus areas are the following (i) Balance of Payments Statistics (ii)Innovative methods of financing infrastructure and regional integration (iii)international trade and financial services (iv) export dynamics and trade facilitation and (v) African Regional Integration Outlook (Assessing the impact of regional integration on economic convergence and inclusive growth).