Globalization and the changing picture of Africa's trade

Africa’s international trade links appear to have reached a watershed. Instead of cementing Africa’s trade ties to the developed countries that have traditionally dominated the continent’s international economic relations, there is a systematic shift in the weight of partners. Between 1992 and 2009, intra-African trade grew almost three fold, while trade with China grew eight fold. Despite the observed partner changes, Africa remains the weakest continent in the global eco­nomy. This situation is to a very significant extent attributed to its productive resource capacities limitations. Underdeveloped capacities mean that the continent cannot harness its po­tential for development. This is argued by NAI researcher Francis Matambalya in the The Swedish Institute of International Affairs' magazine 'Internationella Studier' (International Studies).

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