Journal of African Trade

Volume 6, Issue 1-2, December 2019

1. The Effects of Trade Facilitation on Trade Performance in Africa

Daniel Sakyi, Sylvanus Kwaku Afesorgbor
Pages: 1 - 15
Institutional trade barriers constitute substantial constraints for a number of exporters and importers. These barriers are multidimensional and they impede trade flows and trade performance of many developing countries, including African countries. In particular, the International Trade Centre through...

2. Trade Reforms and Integration of Cocoa Farmers into World Markets: Evidence from African and non-African Countries

Komi Tsowou, Samuel K. Gayi
Pages: 16 - 29
The paper analyses cocoa farmers’ integration into global markets taking into account trade reforms in five cocoa producing countries. The analysis investigates price transmission mechanisms from world to domestic cocoa markets in the context of trade liberalizing policy reforms. The empirical analysis...

3. Foreign Direct Investment and Export Competitiveness in Africa: Investigating the Channels

Gladys Gamariel, Seedwell Hove
Pages: 30 - 46
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into Africa has surged in recent years. At the same time, international trade has increased, exposing African countries to international competition. This raises the question of whether FDI plays a role in enhancing export competitiveness. This study investigates the impact...

4. Trade and Industrialisation in Africa: SMEs, Manufacturing and Cluster Dynamics

Raphael Kaplinsky, Mike Morris
Pages: 47 - 59
Trade in manufacturing through global and regional value chains has played an especially prominent role in global economic growth in recent decades. However, Africa faces severe challenges in growing manufacturing activities in the face of China and Southeast Asia’s competitive dominance of global manufactured...

5. How Do Trade Margins Respond to Exchange Rate? The Case of Egypt✩

Chahir Zaki, Alia Abdallah, May Sami
Pages: 60 - 80
This paper examines the effect of the exchange rate devaluation on the quantity and value of exports (intensive margin of trade), as well as the ability to export new products and/or venture into new export markets (extensive margin of trade). Using monthly firm-level and sector-level data for the period...

6. The Impact of Regional Integration on Africa’s Manufacturing Exports

Rodgers Mukwaya
Pages: 81 - 87
This paper analyses the impact of Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs) on intraregional manufactured exports in Africa. Using data from 1990 to 2015 for 45 African countries, a structural gravity model was estimated using the Poisson pseudo maximum likelihood estimator that controlled for heteroscedasticity...