The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), the operational phase of which was launched at the 12th Extraordinary Meeting of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union, held on July 7, 2019, in Niamey, Niger, is a crucial step in the continent’s economic integration process.
Beyond the theoretical argument suggesting increased interdependence through the necessary stability that promotes trade, what contribution can the AfCFTA make to a more stable and prosperous Africa?
“The heavy-handed intervention by security forces during the July 22 demonstrations in Hawassa could radicalize the positions of the pro-Sidama state movement in the region, leading to even more violent clashes.” […]
The signing of the peace agreement between Ethiopia and its neighbor, Eritrea, on July 9, 2018 brought new economic and political hopes to the region. Moreover, for both Addis Ababa and Asmara, it meant not only the end of two decades of a frozen-positions war, but also the opening of unexpected perspectives. One year on, however, progresses seem to have remained mainly symbolic.
Initiated by Pety Rakotoniaina and some Malagasy politicians, the Fanjakana Gasy movement aims to create a “State within the State” in the southern part of Madagascar. Stake experts reviews the chronology of this short-living proto-secessionist movement.