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What benefits does the African trade bloc bring to the AU's member states and what changes does this deal bring?

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  • which of those blocs are you talking about?
    – Fizz
    Apr 22 '19 at 11:14
  • @Fizz Generally speaking, all of them. I'm asking for a summary of the benefits and changes, not a detailed explanation of all the ins and outs of the deal. Apr 22 '19 at 11:15
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I suppose this Wikipedia table would a reasonable summary, although I suspect it may be somewhat outdated.

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And if you want to know which county is in which block...

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(Don't ask what "active" means precisely, the Wikipedia page doesn't quite say; it's the opposite of "stalled".)

A LSE page has more concise (and updated to 2017) version of that trade-wise, which also includes tariff details:

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The AFTZ coalesces some of those free free trading areas (EAC, SADC, COMESA) but not their other goals. The announced AfCFTA would basically be a continent-wide free-trading area.

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Note that the absence of Nigeria from AfCFTA is quite significant, economically; Nigeria has the largest GDP in Africa, although South Africa comes fairly close.

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  • Thank you for taking the time and putting in the effort to answer my question, I appreciate it. Apr 23 '19 at 7:17

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