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Interest in intraregional trade within West Africa has been stimulated by debate on its potential tosupport broad economic growth and to enhance food security. This paper documents intraregional trade during1970-82 among 18 West African countries, including estimated tmrecorded trade. Analysis of trends in the size,composition, and flow of this trade indicate its continued importance and its vitality, as it changed rapidly inresponse to changing regional market conditions. Policies to promote intraregional trade need to consider productchoice carefully. Efforts to achieve food security are not promising, since little complementarity exists in grainprcxluction. Some important sectors (in particular, cattle) cannot easily expand output New industries, such asIvorian processed foOO.s, have the potential to achieve economies of scale and to supplant non-African suppliers dueto lower transport costs. In general, any efforts to exploit the identifiable benefits of intraregional trade need todeal with the existing barriers to this trade, including tariff barriers, weak regional institutions, and nonconvertiblecurrencies.

Subject(s): International Relations/Trade

Issue Date: 1989

Publication Type: Conference Paper/ Presentation

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/197678 Page range: 133-140

Total Pages: 8

Record appears in: International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) > 1989 Occasional Paper Series No. 5





Autor: Burfisher, Mary E. ; Missiaen, Margaret B.

Fuente: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/197678?ln=en







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