African Union negotiations for a continental free trade area- technical studies
This assignment fell under Priority Area 4 of the EU-funded African Union Support Program III (AUSP III) which was divided into two main results: Firstly to enhance EU-Africa dialogue on key policy areas of interest for both Africas and EUs growth and development (i.e. trade, mineral resources, industrialisation); and secondly to support the AUs role in steering the implementation of continental strategies in the field of trade and continental integration, industrialisation, effective and transparent governance of raw materials and statistics. The overall objective of the project was to support the deepening of African integration and sustainable development in line with the vision and mission of the African Union. The specific objective was to contribute to strengthened continental integration, intra-regional trade, and inclusive and sustainable growth in Africa by providing targeted support to the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) negotiations coordinated by the African Union Commission.
The purpose of the assignment was to help the African Union Community and the African Union Member States to conduct the Continental Free Trade Area negotiations based on a clear understanding of benefits, challenges and costs of various options related to a Continental Free Trade Area. This was achieved by conducting up to 36 high quality technical studies across the areas of trade in goods, trade in services and customs and trade facilitation.