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
Date Written: 2019
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
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