With respect to key economic development indicators such as economic growth, poverty levels and employment levels, this book shows that, ironically and in direct contrast with the conventional views that trade liberalisation alleviates poverty, trade liberalisation in Africa has resulted in high levels of unemployment and low economic growth which ultimately lead to increased poverty. In addition, this book provides a detailed analysis of why trade liberalisation has failed to yield meaningful benefits to Africa. The binding constraints and blockages which prevent positive spin-offs on trade liberalisation in Africa are discussed in detail in this book.
In the same vein, the author provides practical strategies which must be adopted by African countries in order to gain from trade liberalisation, making this work a must read for African governments, academia, trade experts, regional trading blocs, the World Trade Organisation and development partners. In view of this, and, as part of the disruptive and structural transformation policies, the author discusses case studies and international experience contextualised to Africa as well as strategies for addressing the trade related infrastructure gap, production capacities, export promotion and aid for trade.