Introduction: Trade Relations, Business Opportunities and Policy Instruments for Fostering Africa’s Trade

  • Mena HassanEmail author
  • Gbadebo Odularu
  • Musibau Adetunji Babatunde
Part of the Advances in African Economic, Social and Political Development book series (AAESPD)


In this digitally powered twenty-first century global economy, innovative policy solutions are being generated by leveraging on the role of technologies in unlocking trade relations, business opportunities, entrepreneurship and inclusive trade in Africa. One of the major goals of this book is to help economists, policy experts and business leaders to understand the challenges facing Africa’s trade growth but also its incredible potential, in order to reshape the African trade agenda for the future of inclusive growth and sustainable development. In addition, it provides a robust background for enhancing evidence-based policymaking across selected sectors—agriculture, manufacturing, services, high technology, etc—thereby creating opportunities to pursue the reforms needed to stimulate trade and investments towards job generation and economic expansion.


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  1. African Development Bank (AfDB) Group (2019) African Economic Outlook 2018, African Development Bank Group. Available online at
  2. Odularu G, Alege P (ed) (2019) Trade facilitation capacity needs: policy directions for national and regional development in West Africa. Palgrave Macmillan, USA. Available online at

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mena Hassan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gbadebo Odularu
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
  • Musibau Adetunji Babatunde
    • 7
  1. 1.Trade Policy Analyst, World Trade Organization (WTO)GenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of Economics and FinanceBay Atlantic University (BAU)WashingtonUSA
  3. 3.Socio-Economic Research Applications and Projects (SERAP LLC)WashingtonUSA
  4. 4.Center for Research on Political Economy (CREPOL)Dakar-YoffSenegal
  5. 5.Trade, Economics and Agribusiness DivisionSSCG ConsultingBirminghamUK
  6. 6.American Heritage University of Southern California (AHUSC)OntarioUSA
  7. 7.Department of EconomicsUniversity of IbadanIbadanNigeria

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