Trade in Services in the African Continental Free Trade Area: Prospects, Challenges and WTO Compatibility

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Abstract

This article engages with the recently adopted agreement for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in the area of services. While services trade had heretofore stood at the queue of African trade pacts, the AfCFTA breaks new grounds by negotiating goods and services concurrently, signalling a paradigm shift and a commitment to a deeper integration of the continent. Upon Members’ implementation of the Protocol on Trade in Services, whose aim is to establish a single market in services, the region will be the largest economic integration agreement ever concluded since the birth of the World Trade Organization (WTO). This paper sets out to analyse the provisions of the Protocol and how they contribute to achieving the objective of attaining a single market where services (alongside goods, people and capital) move unrestricted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-95
Number of pages31
JournalJOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC LAW
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2020

Keywords

  • AfCFTA
  • Africa
  • African Law
  • regional integration
  • trade in services
  • WTO Law

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law
  • Political Science and International Relations

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