Nicolas Péridy, Ahmed Farouk Ghoneim , Femise Research Programme , 2008

The aim of this research project is to provide some new and original insight concerning the GAFTA welfare and trade impact, 10 years after the implementation of this agreement. This project starts with the description and a critical analysis of economic integration and trade in the Arab world in the past decades. Particular emphasis is put on the provisions included in the GAFTA agreement. Its limitations are also discussed. Recent patterns in regional integration are also compared with the analysis of trade flows in Arab countries, especially since the implementation of the GAFTA agreement in 1998.

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