Regional integration and trade

Focuses on the central role of achieving effective regional cooperation and economic integration among member States by supporting efforts to deepen regional markets, boost intra-African trade and global trade, accelerate industrialization and tackle the challenges of structural transformation

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The Regional Integration and Trade Division (RITD) is headed by a Director who reports to the Deputy Executive Secretary (Programmes). The Division is responsible for contributing to effective regional cooperation and integration among member States by supporting efforts towards deepening regional markets, enhancing trans-boundary cooperation, boosting intra-African trade, accelerating industrialization, fostering market institutions and tackling the challenges of structural transformation. It is divided into three main sections: African Trade Policy Centre; Regional Integration; and Market Institutions.

The core functions of the Division are as follows:

a)      Contributing to enhancing the capacity of member States and regional economic communities to develop, implement and monitor policies and programmes to deepen regional markets and accelerate industrialization including in the pharmaceutical sector;

b)      Contributing to enhancing the capacity of member States and regional economic communities to develop, implement and monitor policies and programmes in the areas of intra-African and international trade;

c)      Assist member States, Pan-African institutions, regional economic communities and intergovernmental organizations in the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes for the advancement of Africa’s structural transformation;

d)      Developing and disseminating policy tools, instruments and guidelines and helping to build the capacity of member States (including African landlocked developing countries) to identify opportunities for diversification, value adding and the development of manufacturing and industrial clusters;

e)      Creating an enabling environment across the continent that is conducive to deeper regional integration;

f)      Supporting member States to ensure trade and industrialization policy coherence and the alignment of trade and industrialization policies with the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063;