The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and Developmental Regionalism: A Handbook
By Faizel Ismail
This handbook is intended to provide negotiators, policymakers and other stakeholders with an overview of the theory and implementation of the AfCFTA and regional integration in Africa, and to raise questions that could facilitate discussion and dialogue by all stakeholders at the country, Regional Economic Community and African Union levels. It is also about ideas and values and the importance of critical thinking when considering appropriate policies for the development of the African continent. This is particularly important as African countries accelerate the process of structural transformation and industrialisation of Africa.
It is envisaged that this manual will become a building block and point of reference. In this context a few questions are raised after each chapter to stimulate questions for discussion and learning.
Professor Faizel Ismail is the Director of the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town. He has a PhD in Politics from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom (2015); an MPhil in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Sussex (1992), and BA and LLB Degrees from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Pietermaritzburg) in South Africa (1981 and 1985). He has served as the Ambassador Permanent Representative of South Africa to the WTO (2010-2014). He was also South Africa's Special Envoy on the South Africa-USA AGOA negotiations between January 2015 and June 2016. He is the author of three books on the WTO: Mainstreaming Development in the WTO: Developing Countries in the Doha Round (2007) and Reforming the World Trade Organization: Developing Countries in the Doha Round (2009). His latest book was published by the South Centre and TIPS: WTO Reform and the crisis of multilateralism: A Developing Country Perspective (2020).
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