Economic Development Through Regional Trade: A Role for the New East African Community?

Hardcover | February 14, 2012

byK. Kimbugwe, N. Perkidis, M. Yeung

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Regional trade agreements proliferated in Africa in the wake of independence from colonial rule. For the most part these agreements failed to deliver the regional integration and economic benefits that were promised, and amounted to little more than a propaganda coup for the leaders that signed them. This book explores conventional explanations of the failure of these agreements, and challenges the accepted wisdom, highlighting the symbiotic relationship between "Big Man" politics and crony capitalism.

The rise of second generation regional trade agreements in the first decade of the twenty-first century emphasises the pressing need for a revised assessment of the aims, consequences and scope of these agreements. This book focuses on the revitalized East African Community to examine the potential benefits of modern agreements to foster economic development and the hurdles that must be overcome to realize this potential.

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Regional trade agreements proliferated in Africa in the wake of independence from colonial rule. For the most part these agreements failed to deliver the regional integration and economic benefits that were promised, and amounted to little more than a propaganda coup for the leaders that signed them. This book explores conventional exp...

KATO KIMBUGWE Economist with an array of policy, research and teaching experience focusing on the impact of trade barriers on African industry. He has contributed to many successful business start-ups, including the delivery of turnkey projects in various African markets. Kato is currently working as a Private Sector Development Advis...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.04 inPublished:February 14, 2012Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023031421X

ISBN - 13:9780230314214

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Table of Contents

Preface
"Big Men" and Little Trade
Regional Trade and Economic Development
Regional Integration in Africa
Regional Integration Theory
East African Firms' Perceptions of NTBs
Quantifying NTBs in East Africa
Quantifying Tariff Barriers in East Africa
Conclusion