The Regional Integration and Trade Division (RITD) is headed by a Director and reports to the Deputy Executive Secretary (Programme). The Division is responsible for contributing to effective regional cooperation and integration among member States by supporting efforts to deepen regional markets, boost intra-African trade, accelerate industrialization, foster market institutions and tackle the challenges of structural transformation. It is divided into three main sections: African Trade Policy Centre; Regional Integration and NEPAD; and Market Institutions.
Regional Integration and Trade
Regional integration is a key strategy for development and intra-regional trade and is expected to produce considerable economic gains for Africa. Although it is widely recognized that intra-regional trade could play a significant role in accelerating economic growth and poverty reduction and enhancing food and energy security in Africa, the continent continues to trade little with itself.