8:30—10:00 AM ET / 1:30-3:00 PM GMT

How Can a Common African Market Strengthen Digital Economies, Innovation Ecosystems, Supply Chains, and Regional Cooperation? A Working Group Series on Advancing Regional Economic Integration


  • Martin Mbaya, Director of Executive Education, Strathmore Institute of Public Policy and Governance; Founder of EnAdIn Ltd; Co-Founder of Nairobi Capital Inc.
  • Marisella Ouma, Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and Deputy General Counsel, Central Bank of Kenya
  • Mark Pearson, Economist and Consultant on Trade Policy, Trade Infrastructure, and Trade Facilitation


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 the first webinar of this series, the working group discussed intra-African migration, free movement of persons and quality infrastructure (standards) for a Common African Market. In this second meeting, we are looking at digitalization, intellectual property, innovation, trade facilitation and supply chains as core parts of the Common African Market: How is the digital and innovation-driven economy being prioritized by the AfCFTA? What should it look like in the Common African Market? What is the role of trade facilitation and supply chains in trade and industrialization on the African continent as we move into the Common African Market?

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. 

You can see Martin Mbaya’s presentation here.

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