Regional integration, trade, and competitiveness

10 years after its diagnosis on the state of integration in its various aspects, FERDI continues to be actively involved in both theoretical and technical work intended to guide the action of community institutions.

FERDI's studies and research are carried out in close partnership with the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC), the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), and other regional African institutions.

In particular, the foundation examines the competitiveness and development in international trade within regional unions and free-trade zones.


  • Analyse the sustainable competitiveness and capacity of African countries to integrate into the global economy. 
  • Contribute to the analyses of the WAEMU and CEMAC Commissions. 
  • Analyse the impact of measures affecting trade in goods from developing countries (trade facilitation measures and non-tariff protection measures) and their link with the environment.

Achievements 2022

Renewal of partnerships with African regional institutions WAEMU and CEMAC for a three-year period. These partnerships highlight the theme of regional integration and, trade and its links with climate issues. 

Publication of a series of studies on the sustainable competitiveness of economies in the WAEMU zone, edited by Patrick Plane. These studies analyse non-price competitiveness in the WAEMU zone and the performance of WAEMU economies in exporting traditional agricultural products and manufactured goods.

Confirmation of support from CEMAC and the French Treasury for the establishment of the Business Obervartory in CEMAC zone.

Publication of several contributions by Jaime de Melo into the analysis of factors influencing trade and regional integration in Africa.


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