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Postby -Astoria- » Thu Jan 07, 2021 12:44 am

Dumb Ideologies wrote:I'm generally opposed to free trade policies, but if this is regionalisation rather than globalisation it could work out. If they can get more of what they need from each other and rely less on the West and China it might help with keeping the profits of development local.

This, really.

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Postby Nekostan-e Gharbi » Thu Jan 07, 2021 2:30 am

Sungoldy-China wrote:The borders of Africa are the product of the malicious intent of Western colonists, which led to wars between African countries;

If African Continent-Wide Free Trade Bloc reduce border conflicts, it will be a greate success


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Postby Vivolkha » Thu Jan 07, 2021 6:27 am

Interesting.

I'm convinced that the trade bloc will be a net positive for African countries. However, it should be noted that it alone will not solve the continent's low development.
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Postby Nakena » Thu Jan 07, 2021 6:30 am

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Sungoldy-China wrote:The borders of Africa are the product of the malicious intent of Western colonists, which led to wars between African countries;

If African Continent-Wide Free Trade Bloc reduce border conflicts, it will be a greate success


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Postby The Emerald Legion » Thu Jan 07, 2021 6:33 am

Dumb Ideologies wrote:I'm generally opposed to free trade policies, but if this is regionalisation rather than globalisation it could work out. If they can get more of what they need from each other and rely less on the West and China it might help with keeping the profits of development local.


Issue is China basically owns a ton of the local infrastructure in Africa.
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Postby Repubblica Fascista Sociale Italiana » Thu Jan 07, 2021 6:33 am

This has been in the works for a long time. The problem is Africa is abundant in raw material, but not in the exports of manufactured goods. In the modern global trade economy, manufactured goods are the real money maker, even moreso than oil I would say
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Postby Northwest Slobovia » Thu Jan 07, 2021 11:19 am

Kowani wrote:It's interesting, to me, to see how while the rest of the world is running screaming away from free trade, Africa is embracing it.

The UK is hardly the "rest of the world". :p A bunch of Asian nations just set up their own trade bloc, the EU is still going strong, as is NAFTA. Nobody likes the Chinese, but whose fault is that?
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Postby Vivolkha » Thu Jan 07, 2021 11:23 am

Northwest Slobovia wrote:Nobody likes the Chinese, but whose fault is that?

The Chinese government's.
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Postby Northwest Slobovia » Thu Jan 07, 2021 11:26 am

Vivolkha wrote:
Northwest Slobovia wrote:Nobody likes the Chinese, but whose fault is that?

The Chinese government's.

Precisely. So if the US and the EU want to lock them out of their markets specifically, it's hardly the rest of the world is running screaming away from free trade.
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Postby Nekostan-e Gharbi » Thu Jan 07, 2021 3:15 pm

Vivolkha wrote:
Northwest Slobovia wrote:Nobody likes the Chinese, but whose fault is that?

The Chinese government's.


China obviously. This is not the China thread though.
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Postby Bronzite » Thu Jan 07, 2021 9:23 pm

Will certainly be interested to see how successful it is, and hope that it is. Should also hear some news on the East African Federation this year if still on schedule. They are supposed to finish their draft of the constitution this year and move to the next stage.

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Postby New haven america » Thu Jan 07, 2021 9:25 pm

Northwest Slobovia wrote:
Kowani wrote:It's interesting, to me, to see how while the rest of the world is running screaming away from free trade, Africa is embracing it.

The UK is hardly the "rest of the world". :p A bunch of Asian nations just set up their own trade bloc, the EU is still going strong, as is NAFTA. Nobody likes the Chinese, but whose fault is that?

The Chinese government.

And it's not that people hate the Chinese, it's that people hate the CCP, PRC, and those who support the 2 entities.
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Postby A z a n i a » Tue Feb 02, 2021 4:29 pm

The AfCFTA, along with the African Passport, is long overdue. There has been a woeful lack of any significant intra-African trade for far too long, and the AfCFTA, once properly ironed out, will help correct this.
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Postby Ethel mermania » Tue Feb 02, 2021 4:38 pm

I hope it works out for them.
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Postby Borderlands of Rojava » Tue Feb 02, 2021 5:29 pm

It will make a few people rich and will make others slaves. Just like how globalization in general does to the third world.
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Postby A z a n i a » Tue Feb 02, 2021 5:36 pm

Borderlands of Rojava wrote:It will make a few people rich and will make others slaves. Just like how globalization in general does to the third world.

This thought has been sitting in the back of my head ever since I first heard that the AU was working on it. With proper oversight and strong leadership, it could very work towards for the benefit of the African people. Unfortunately, the AU is notoriously lacking in both, and difficulties will inevitably come when trying to bring 55 countries under a single trade block. Then there's also the matter of already-existing wealth disparities and widespread corruption, which could worsen if the AfCFTA isn't implemented properly.
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Postby Risottia » Wed Feb 03, 2021 2:38 am

Sungoldy-China wrote:The borders of Africa are the product of the malicious intent of Western colonists, which led to wars between African countries;

Seems to me that in the last 60 years there was plenty of time to draw new locally-produced borders.
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Postby Kowani » Wed Feb 03, 2021 2:13 pm

Risottia wrote:
Sungoldy-China wrote:The borders of Africa are the product of the malicious intent of Western colonists, which led to wars between African countries;

Seems to me that in the last 60 years there was plenty of time to draw new locally-produced borders.

looks at South Sudan and Katanga
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