Regional trade arrangements in africa iv tables 1 official checkpoints on selected routes of western african highways december 2000 10 2. 4 i introduction africa is home to some 30 regional trade arrangements rtas many of which are part of deeper regional integration schemes2 on average each african country belongs to four. Regional trade integration in the eu and east asia represents two success stories the two regions have however taken different paths to success eu integration has been driven by formal institutional arrangements whereas east asian integration has been a result of natural market forces. C the web of africas trade arrangements africa has been a pioneer of regional integration from the sacu established in 1910 through the historic pan african congresses to the first regional federations african trade integration has included numerous arrangements at regional and subregional levels. Regional trade arrangements rtas in africa have been ineffective in promoting trade and foreign direct investment relatively high external trade barriers and low resource complementarity between member countries limit both intra and extraregional trade
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