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Fostering Trade in Africa

Trade Relations, Business Opportunities and Policy Instruments

  • Gbadebo O.A. Odularu
  • Mena Hassan
  • Musibau Adetunji Babatunde

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Festus Ebo Turkson, Robert Mensah Adjei, Alfred Barimah
    Pages 63-96
  3. Folasade Bosede Adegboye, Oluwatoyin A. Matthew, Jeremiah Ejemeyovwi, Olumide S. Adesina, Romanus Osabohien
    Pages 97-109
  4. Folasade Bosede Adegboye, Gbadebo Odularu, Oluwatoyin Augustina Matthew
    Pages 153-170

About this book


This book discusses trade relations and facilitation issues at both the regional and the continental African level, highlighting the increasing business opportunities and challenges that confront Africa in the digital age. It also examines the effects of trade policies and other policy instruments on Africa’s economic development and presents workable policy measures for a more business-friendly ecosystem. Discussing various topics, including trade relations between African countries, African and international trade agreements, and trade liberalization policies, the book appeals to scholars of economics, business and management as well as professionals and policymakers interested in fostering free trade and sustainable business development in Africa.


African trade Trade facilitation in Africa E-commerce African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) One-Belt One Road (OBOR) Digital Age Trade-policy reforms and recommendations Doing Business in Africa Multilateral Trade Agreements Africa's business environment E-commerce in Africa

Editors and affiliations

  • Gbadebo O.A. Odularu
    • 1
  • Mena Hassan
    • 2
  • Musibau Adetunji Babatunde
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Economics and FinanceBay Atlantic University (BAU)WashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Trade Policies Review DivisionWorld Trade OrganizationGenevaSwitzerland
  3. 3.Department of EconomicsUniversity of IbadanIbadanNigeria

About the editors

Gbadebo O. A. Odularu holds a PhD degree in Regional Economic Development from the University of Sunderland, United Kingdom. He works as the Economics and Finance lecturer for Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at Bay Atlantic University, Washington D.C, USA. He is also the Socio-Economic Research Applications & Projects (SERAP) LLC Development Policy Specialist. He works closely with national, continental and international partners to provide evidence-based policy tools for fostering regional and sustainable development towards realizing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) 2030. Gbadebo Odularu has been visiting scholars at: the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), University of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK); Centre for Regional Economic Studies (CRES), Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP), Seoul, South Korea; United Nations Institute for Economic Development Planning (UNIDEP), Dakar, Senegal; the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment (SSEE), University of Oxford, UK; and the World Trade Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland. He is currently affiliated with the Centre for Research on Political Economy (CREPOL)- Senegal, American Heritage University of Southern California (AHUSC), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), SSCG Consulting, DAgriVest - Benin, Marymount University, Old Dominion University (ODU), as well as the African Agribusiness Incubator Network (AAIN). Gbadebo Odularu has undertaken extensive research in development economics and has refereed publications in major economic journals and books, among which are: (i) Trade Facilitation Capacity Needs for West Africa - (ii) Negotiating south-south regional trade agreements for Africa - and (iii) Scaling up SDGs Implementation: Emerging Cases from State, Development and Private Sectors -

Mena Hassan is a Trade Policy Analyst at the World Trade Organization’s Trade Policies Review (TPR) division. She has over 15 years experience in trade policy, trade facilitation, and trade and development. She prepared and co-authored TPR reports on the trade and economic policies of many African countries and has delivered a large number of technical assistance and capacity building activities in  African countries, especially in the area of trade facilitation.  Mena holds a Ph.D from the University of St.Gallen in International Affairs and Political Economy (DIA) and a M.A. in International Political Economy from the University of Warwick.

Adetunji Babatunde is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economics, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. His research focuses on energy economics, international economics and macroeconomics. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Fostering Trade in Africa
  • Book Subtitle Trade Relations, Business Opportunities and Policy Instruments
  • Editors Gbadebo O.A. Odularu
    Mena Hassan
    Musibau Adetunji Babatunde
  • Series Title Advances in African Economic, Social and Political Development
  • Series Abbreviated Title Advances in African Economic, Social and Political Development
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-36631-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-36634-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-36632-2
  • Series ISSN 2198-7262
  • Series E-ISSN 2198-7270
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 218
  • Number of Illustrations 3 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
  • Topics African Economics
    International Economics
    African Business
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