As Africa seeks to implement its recently established continental free-trade area (AfCFTA), it is worth assessing some of the lessons about bloc negotiations with external powers learnt from a policy seminar held in Barbados on “Comparative Region-Building in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific”.

The meeting was hosted by the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) group of states secretariat in Brussels; the University of the West Indies; the Caribbean Community (Caricom); and the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) Institute For Pan-African Thought and Conversation.

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