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:

Phase one

April 2011 – March 2014
Actively nurtures partnership with the Government of Tanzania, Mennonite Church of Tanzania, and inde­pen­dent corporate entrepreneurs.

Phase two

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.

Phase three

May 2011 - March 2014
This part of the project will come back to Tanzania.

Development policy
EAC economies
East Africa
Economic development
Francis Matambalya
Regional integration
financial resources
human capital
international partnership
international trade
non-financial resources
productive ca­pa­ci­ties
regional integration
support insti­tutions
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