8:00—9:30 AM ET / 1:00-2:30 PM BST

How Can a Common African Market Address SDGs, Intellectual Property Rights, Industrialization, and Geopolitical Tensions? A Working Group Series on Advancing Regional Economic Integration


Philomena Apiko, Head of AU-EU Relations, ECDPM

Bruce Byiers, Development economist and Head of African Economic Integration, ECDPM 

Marisella Ouma, Advocate of the High Court of Kenya; Deputy General Counsel, Central Bank of Kenya


W. Gyude Moore, Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development (CGD)

Francis Mangeni, CGD Non-Resident Fellow; Former Director of Trade, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa

In this four-part series, experts have covered a range of pillars for a Common African Market, such as the role of the digital economy in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), trade facilitation and supply chains for Africa’s industrialization, innovation ecosystems, and intra-African migration. In this seminar, thinkers and analysts from across the continent and in DC will discuss how the AfCFTA fits within the context of the SDGs, how a Common African Market can deliver better labor market outcomes, how we should respond to the geopolitical urgency of the AfCFTA in growing great power competition, and which approaches to industrialization for structural transformation the AfCFTA should consider.

This webinar series is hosted by CGD’s Africa Initiative, the AfCFTA Secretariat, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). At the culmination of this series, there will be a hybrid event at the CGD office in Washington, D.C., to commemorate, summarize, and drive attention to the policy recommendations of the group in pushing forward a Common African Market.


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