INTERNATIONAL TRADE

AFRICAN TRADE AGREEMENTS

Taken as a region, Africa has not developed the plethora of trade agreements found elsewhere around the world. Unfortunately for Web users, not all of the existing trade organizations have created home pages for their agreements, resulting in a lack of information available through the internet. However, this site will give a brief overview of the major African trade agreements that have been made to date, and will provide links to these organizations when possible.


Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC)

The CEEAC was established in 1983 to end customs duties and other trade restrictions between the 10 member countries. It also hopes to establish a common market area by the year 2000.


Common Market for Eastern & Southern Africa (COMESA)

The COMESA has 20 members that enjoy perferential access to markets within the European Union under the Lome Convention. COMESA members are working to establish a customs union without tariffs, a free currency exchange zone, a common external tariff, trade liberalization, and encourage the free movement of people and goods between member countries. COMESA aims to pool members collective resources to support the economic development efforts of member countries.

Members (20):
Angola Burundi Comoros Eritrea
Ethiopia Kenya Madagascar Malawi
Mauritius Mozambique Namibia Rwanda
Sudan Swaziland Tanzania Uganda
Zaire Zambia Zimbabwe

Information about the Common Market for Eastern & Southern Africa


Economic Community of Western African States (ECOWAS)

Between its 16 member countries, ECOWAS aims to encourage economic development.

Members (16):
Angola Burundi Comoros Eritrea
Ethiopia Kenya Madagascar Malawi
Mauritius Mozambique Namibia Rwanda
Sudan Swaziland Tanzania Uganda
Zaire Zambia Zimbabwe

Economic Community of Western African States


Preferential Trade Area for Eastern and Southern African States (PTA)

The PTA was established in 1981 to promote economic cooperation between member states, particularly in the areas of agriculture, industry, transportation, and communications. It also aims to facilitate international trade through the lowering of tariff barriers between states.

Members (22):
Angola Burundi Comoros Djibuti Eritrea
Ethiopia Kenya Lesotho Madagascar Malawi
Mauritius Mozambique Namibia Rwanda Seychelles
Somalia Sudan Swaziland Tanzania Uganda
Zambia Zimbabwe


Southern Africa Development Community (SADC)

One of the more well African known trade agreements, SADC was formed in 1992 to promote economic development among southern African states. The 12 member states include Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Members (12):
Angola Botswana Lesotho Malawi
Mauritius Mozambique Namibia South Africa
Swaziland Tanzania Zambia Zimbabwe

The Southern Africa Development Community Home Page.
More Informationon the SADC.


West African Trade Organization (WATO)


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