Afrikas neue Freihandelszone: Schneller als erwartet?

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Am 21. März 2018 unterzeichneten 44 Mitgliedsstaaten der Afrikanischen Union einen Entwurf zur Schaffung der African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Autorin
Lynda Iroulo greift diesen Beschluss in ihrem neuesten Blogbeitrag auf und erklärt, wie dieser zustande kam, was er beinhaltet und welche Auswirkungen ein afrikanischer Binnenmarkt sowie Zollunion auf die wirtschaftliche Entwicklung des Kontinents haben könnten.

Iroulo bewertet den Beschluss als grundsätzlich positiv, verweist jedoch darauf, dass es noch einige Hürden zu überwinden gibt, wie z.B. die Ratifikation durch die nationalen Parlamente. Darüber hinaus sieht Iroulo besonders vorhandene Korruption und fehlende Infrastruktur als Governance-Herausforderungen, mit denen sich die afrikanischen Länder auseinandersetzen müssen, bevor das Potential eines Binnenmarktes vollständig ausgeschöpft werden kann.

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Free Trade Area: Africa May be Moving Faster than its Shadow

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On 21 March 2018, at the 10th extraordinary session of the African Union (AU) assembly in Kigali Rwanda, 44 member states adopted the initiative known as the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The draft commits countries to removing tariffs on 90% of goods. When AfCFTA comes into force, supposing all 55 member states enforce it, it will create a single market for goods and services as well as a customs union, free movement of people, and subsequently a single currency.

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Guns n’ Roses

This is a co-authored blog post, written by Thurid Bahr, Jelena Cupać, İrem Ebetürk, Lynda Iroulo, Mitja Sienknecht, Anam Soomro

International Women’s Day is a celebration of women fighting for their rights. This fight started in the late 18th century with political and legal issues being the main items on the agenda and it gained traction in the 19th and 20th. Since then, women have accomplished a lot in all spheres of life, including academia. Just like men could do for centuries, women can now make significant contributions to scientific knowledge. The more women joined academia, the more they theorized about their everyday experiences, and the more everybody became aware of the inequalities they were facing. Women have been the agents of and the force for change. It was them who insisted to take such concepts as patriarchy, gender bias, and positive discrimination seriously and address them in public discourse and policies. Many challenges, however, still remain. This is why we have come together to write this blog post on women in academia reflecting different perspectives. We claim neither to present the full picture nor to represent the correct perspective. We want to raise some issues relevant to our experiences. Let us walk you through these with some music in the background:

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