Results of WCP Virtual International Conference on International Trade and Investment (ICITI2022)

Mauritius South Africa Tunisia Cameroon Egypt Lesotho Rwanda Benin Morocco Kenya Senegal - Private group - - 12 July 2023

The WTO Chairs in the African region organised a virtual International Conference on International Trade and Investment, with a special conference theme of ‘AfCFTA: Challenges and Opportunities’on the 7–8 September 2022. The organising and participating WCP included the University of Mauritius (Mauritius), North-West University (South Africa), University of Tunis (Tunisia), University of Nairobi (Kenya), Université d’Abomey-Calavi (Benin), Cheikh Anta Diop University (Senegal), University of Rwanda (Rwanda); Cairo University (Egypt), National University of Lesotho (Lesotho), University of Yaounde 2 (Cameroon), Université Mohammed V Rabat (Morocco) and Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia).

The conference aimed at providing a forum not only to academics working on issues related to Africa and developing countries but also to policymakers from the region who could discuss and deliberate on the implications, benefits, challenges and opportunities of the AfCFTA. The conference organisers received more than 30 papers from Kenya, South Africa, India, Benin, Mauritius, UK, Rwanda, Cameroon, USA, Tunisia, Poland, EU and Morocco. A doctoral colloquium preceded the conference and 11 papers were presented by doctoral students of the region. The papers included conceptual, empirical research and country-specific case studies in line with the conference theme as well as other trade-related issues in Africa.

Please find more information and abstracts from the doctoral colloquium in the document enclosed.