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GTAP Resource #994

"Implications of the COMESA Free Trade Area and Proposed Customs Union: an Empirical Investigation"
by Karingi, Stephen, Mahinda Siriwardana and Eric Ronge

Trade liberalisation and economic integration are central to the success of the Treaty establishing the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) regional trading bloc. COMESA¡¦s liberalisation and integration programme boasts of a free trade area (FTA) launched in the year 2000 in which at least half of the twenty member states are currently participating. The regional bloc¡¦s integration programme is envisaged to be taken further through the formation of a customs union via a common external tariff (CET) planned to be in place by end of 2004.
This study provides a quantitative assessment using the GTAP model of the likely implications of the implementation of the COMESA Treaty to establish the FTA and then form a customs union through the CET. The focus of the analysis is on the implications of the accompanying trade liberalisation on macroeconomic aggregates including those that have a bearing on poverty reduction; industry structure; welfare; and the trade diversion versus trade creation question.

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Category: GTAP Application
2002 Conference Paper
Status: Published
By/In: Presented at the 5th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis, Taipei, Taiwan
Date: 2002
Version: May 20
Created: Karingi, S. (4/26/2002)
Updated: Bacou, M. (7/16/2002)
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