Intra-African Trade or Global Integration: A Chicken-and-Egg Dilemma

Though the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has long held that trade between African countries is too low, experts at the South Centre, an inter-governmental think tank of developing countries, say intra-continental trade is already significant in manufactured goods and promises a new path to industrialisation. In some parts of Africa, intra-regional trade is larger than in others. The total exports of the East African Community (EAC) to sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) already surpassed their total exports to the European Union (EU) in 2000. Other countries like Zambia and Senegal also export more to Africa than to Europe. Still, other regions display a bleaker outlook.