Trading up through regional integration: can a productive capacity-driven strategy provide the answer for the EAC economies?
Responsible researcher: Francis Matambalya
Project established in April 2011
This project is focused on the EAC and also involves the Secretariat of the East African Community (EAC). The project is conceived to contribute to research-based development policy and strategy formulation. Its main subject of inquiry is on innovative ways for African countries to exploit regional integration. The SPEED (Strategic Partnership for Economic Emancipation and Development) model is a newly proposed development model that explains how African economies should exploit international partnerships (e.g., through FDI) and harness local endowments to enhance competitiveness. The model underscores the creation of critical levels of essential productive capacities, e.g., financial resources and non-financial resources (entrepreneurial, system of support institutions, human capital, infrastructural, and technological, etc.) to support regional integration. Invariably, the competitiveness of economic production activities depends on the existence of these capacities. The trading-up study falls within the broad research agenda of international trade, Africa-EU relations and regional integration.
The project is implemented in three phases:
April 2011 – March 2014
Actively nurtures partnership with the Government of Tanzania, Mennonite Church of Tanzania, and independent corporate entrepreneurs.
May 2011 – March 2012
Will be implemented in Kenya, and will also be inspired by a broad-based partnership involving the Government of Kenya, Mennonite Church of Kenya, and Kenyan entrepreneurs.
May 2011 - March 2014
This part of the project will come back to Tanzania.