Welcome to the Africa Knowledge for Development Networks– A platform that promotes knowledge sharing on Economic and Social Development of Africa. It aims to provide strategic input into development policies of African Member States and Regional Economic Communities. It serves as a mechanism to build relations among practitioners and Government entities working on Economic, Social and Human Development issues through communities of practice.
A CONTINENT ON THE MOVE
The film, 'A Continent on the Move' provides a snapshot of a rising and a fast-moving Continent. Its traders, trackers, and the business sector work tirelessly, navigating barriers to trade. The message of the film is an urgent one: if Africa is to achieve the Continental Free Trade Area, governments need to fast-track the free movement of people, goods and services. A documentary film by Camerapix for the Economic Commission for Africa
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The overall objective of ARIA 5, a joint publication by ECA, AUC and AfDB is to contribute analytical insights to shape the debate and the move towards fast-tracking the establishment of a Continental Free Trade Area through the removal of outstanding obstacles to trade including barriers to the free movement of people, investments and factors of production across Africa.
As in the previous three editions, this 2012 Yearbook presents a time series showing the performance of African countries for various economic and social indicators over the period 2003–2011. The exception is for the mining sector, where the timeframe is 2001–2009, owing to the inherent lag in compiling data for the relevant indicators.
The Yearbook continues to serve its intended purpose of publishing within a single volume, data on African countries for policymakers, researchers and other users.
The experience of the last decade suggests strongly that Africa is likely to make the twenty-first century its own—an experience woven into this document countless times. Essentially, since the beginning of this century, African countries have shown strong economic growth owing to improved economic management, a generally hospitable international environment and rising prices for their commodity and other strategic minerals.
The main message of this second edition of the African Governance Report(AGR II) is that Africa has made modest progress in improving governance using the benchmarks of the first edition of the report (AGR I). Though marginal, this progress has had positive spin-offs for the continent: declining levels of violent conflicts and civil wars, consolidation of peace and security, economic growth averaging 5% in recent years, modest improvement in the living standards of the African people and fewer deaths from the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Africa also continues to post remarkable progress in economic governance and public financial management. African economies are better managed, with improvements in the tax system and revenue mobilization, improved budgetary management and a more conducive environment for private investment and private-sector growth.
Without the prerequisite capacity to trade as well as with weak investment absorption capacity, trade agreements are like “putting the cart before the horse”.Problems with African regional trade…Continue