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African trade integration most exciting whenever it creates more jobs

Published on October 06, 2016

This integration will be key to Africa's long-term success and African nations must integrate more, UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi told a public meeting in Geneva.

"Africa has to know that there is no part of the world which has been successful in trading globally without learning first to trade with its neighbours," Dr. Kituyi said on Thursday, talking at a session on inclusive trade at the World Trade Organization (WTO) public forum.

Africa is widely noted for its low levels of intra-regional trade, but in fact the levels are much higher when North Africa is removed from the analysis, Dr. Kituyi said. In East Africa, intra-regional trade is closer to 26%, the same level as in Latin America. Read more. Source | UNCTAD