1st Edition

The Evolution of Economic Development in Africa
African Trade, 1948–2017

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ISBN 9780367749200
July 6, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
432 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Within the theoretical framework of the trade-growth and structural transformation-growth nexuses, the book examines the evolution of African (goods and service) trade in terms of value and share of global commerce relative to other regions during 1948-2017. It also identifies and discusses discernible changes in the composition and structure of African exports and imports during 1995-2015 and their implications for economic development in Africa.

The study attributes Africa's laggard trade performance during the period primarily to sub-optimal macroeconomic policies and lack of bold export development policies and initiatives, among other factors. It also offers an incisive discussion of several inhibitions to the structural transformation of African exports and imports, including lack of finance, globalization, tariff, and non-tariff measures in global markets. The discussion of the evolution of African trade during 1948-2017 based on statistics and publications of international organizations, including the UNCTAD, the World Bank, and the African Development Bank, among others, is the first of its kind in terms of scope and depth of review of African trade.

The analyses of cross-border trade during 1948-2017 and their implications for Africa’s economic development prospects constitute a useful reference material for academics and students of African and development studies and African and international policy-makers.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction and overview 2. Evolution of African Trade During 1948 - 2017 3. Inhibitions to Growth and Transformation of African Trade 4. Structural Transformation of African Trade: A Primer 5. Conclusions and Recommendations

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Francis K. Mbroh is the Director of African Development Services Limited, Ilford, Essex, UK. He graduated with MSc (Financial Economics) and PHD (Economics) certificates from Birkbeck College and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) respectively of the University of London. He has professional experience of over 30 years gained from the academia, and international banking and economic advisory service industries. Francis has presented papers at many international conferences in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America, including UNCTAD XIII, which held in Doha, Qatar during April 21-26, 2012.