Regional Integration, Infrastructure and Trade
Infrastructure is Africa’s top priority. With low levels of intra-regional economic exchange and the smallest share of global trade, Africa is the least integrated continent in the world. Infrastructure inefficiencies are costing Africa billions of dollars annually and are stunting growth. Bridging the gap in infrastructure is thus vital for economic advancement and sustainable development. However, this can only be achieved through regional and continental cooperation and solution finding.
The Community of Practice (CoP) on Regional Integration and Trade aims to encourage dialogue on how to harmonise regional and national policies on infrastructure, market development and trade, as well as improve regional infrastructure in ICT, transport, water and energy. Cornerstones for discussion include, among others, capacity building, public private partnerships, resource mobilisation and intra-African trade.