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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