Treatment of Trade in Services in Africa

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The services sector has become a critical part of any country’s economy, usually representing a higher percentage of GDP than agriculture and manufacturing combined. However, intra-African trade in services remains untapped: existing bottlenecks, such as infrastructural constraints in transport and communication services; outright restrictions to trade, affecting both market access and national treatment; less than optimal domestic regulations; and ill-adapted regulatory governance represent some of the impediments to benefit from the untapped potential. The creation of the CFTA is meant to go some way to solve this situation by creating a single market for both trade in goods and services.

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