Paul Brenton, World Bank
The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the World Bank Group or its Executive Directors. This submission outlines three aspects of the importance of regional trade integration in Africa for development and poverty reduction. First, there are great challenges, but consequently there is enormous untapped potential through regional integration in Africa to deliver poverty reduction and development gains. Second, we must take a fresh look and reinvigorate some regional integration initiatives if the continent is to become better integrated. Finally, that the World Bank Group and other development partners should be ready to intensify support for those governments and regional communities that are committed to use deeper regional integration as a key tool to drive economic diversification and poverty reduction.