- Sanjeev Gupta, Kevin Carey, and Ulrich Jacoby
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- October 2007
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Sub-Saharan Africa: forging new trade links with Asia/Kevin Carey, Sanjeev Gupta, and Ulrich Jacoby—Washington, DC: International Monetary Fund, 2007.
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1. Africa, Sub-Saharan—Foreign economic relations—Asia. 2. Asia—Foreign economic relations—Africa, Sub-Saharan. 3. Africa, Sub-Saharan—Commerce. 4. Africa, Sub-Saharan—Economic conditions. 5. Africa, Sub-Saharan—Economic policy. I. Gupta, Sanjeev. II. Jacoby, Ulrich. III. International Monetary Fund.
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African, Caribbean, and Pacific
Africa Growth and Opportunity Act
Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (WTO)
Communauté Économique et Monétaire de l’Afrique Centrale (Central African Economic and Monetary Community)
China National Offshore Oil Corporation
Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa
Everything But Arms initiative (European Union)
Economic Community of West African States
U.S. Energy Information Administration
National Oil Company of Equatorial Guinea
Generalized System of Preferences (WTO)
International service outsourcing
Latin America and the Caribbean
Middle East and North Africa
Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (IMF)
Regional trade agreements
Southern African Development Community
Standard International Trade Classification
World Trade Organization
Sub-Saharan Africa’s share in world trade has been declining since the 1970s. The growth in many emerging economies in Asia, in particular China, and the associated increased demand for commodities is creating opportunities for the region to reverse this decline and to use trade to promote growth and reduce poverty. This paper examines shifts in sub-Saharan Africa’s trade with different regions since 1985 as well as changes in its composition, including trade in manufactured goods. It also presents estimates on the extent to which sub-Saharan Africa is exploiting its trade potential, using a benchmark model. This is followed by an analysis of the impediments to trade that are specific to the region, and suggestions to tackle these in order to make trade an engine of growth.
An earlier, shorter version of this paper’s material appeared in the April 2007 issue of the Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa. The authors wish to thank Benedicte Christensen, Arvind Panagriya, Volker Treichel, Dmitry Gershenson, and Yongzheng Yang for their guidance and help in preparing this paper, and Axel Palmason, Stephen Tokarick, Brad McDonald, Felix Eschenbach, Caroline Freund, Zhiwei Zhang, and Nuno Limão for helpful comments. They are grateful to Gustavo Ramirez for research assistance, Anne Grant for editorial assistance, Emma Morgan for production of the document, and Marina Primorac for coordinating production of the printed publication.