Trade in Services in the African Continental Free Trade Area: Prospects, Challenges and WTO Compatibility

Journal of International Economic Law, Vol. 23, No.1 (2020), pp. 65-95

Posted: 31 Dec 2019 Last revised: 10 Jun 2020

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Regis Y. Simo

University of the Witwatersrand - School of Law

Date Written: 2019

Abstract

This article engages with the recently adopted agreement for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in the area of services. While services trade had heretofore stood at the queue of African trade pacts, the AfCFTA breaks new grounds by negotiating goods and services concurrently, signalling a paradigm shift and a commitment to a deeper integration of the continent. Upon Members’ implementation of the Protocol on Trade in Services, whose aim is to establish a single market in services, the region will be the largest economic integration agreement ever concluded since the birth of the World Trade Organization (WTO). This paper sets out to analyse the provisions of the Protocol and how they contribute to achieving the objective of attaining a single market where services (alongside goods, people and capital) move unrestricted.

Keywords: African Continental Free Trade Area, AfCFTA, Trade in Services, GATS, WTO, Africa

JEL Classification: K33, F02, F10, F13, F15, F53, F55, O24, O55, P48

Suggested Citation

Simo, Regis Y., Trade in Services in the African Continental Free Trade Area: Prospects, Challenges and WTO Compatibility (2019). Journal of International Economic Law, Vol. 23, No.1 (2020), pp. 65-95, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3501431

Regis Y. Simo (Contact Author)

University of the Witwatersrand - School of Law ( email )

PBag X3, WITS
2050 Johannesburg
South Africa

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