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The African Continental Free Trade Area & the United African States by Prof Vusi Gumede

Prof Vusi Gumede's keynote address reflects on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement that recently entered into force. The Keynote Address deals with the AfCFTA in the context of the African Economic Community (AEC) envisaged in the 1991 Abuja Treaty, which was earlier touched on in the 1980 Lagos Plan of Action for the Economic Development of Africa (1980-2000).

Professor Vusi Gumede views the AfCFTA and the AEC as potential steps towards the United African States – he makes a case for the political federation of African countries into a single African nation as he revisits the Casablanca, the Monrovia, and the Brazzaville blocs/groups as well as examining continental integration efforts since the political independence of the majority of African countries in the mid-to-late 1950s and during the 1960s.

The Keynote Address distills from the work that Professor Gumede is involved with regarding the AfCFTA, pan-African developmental integration and his activism regarding the United African States. Professor Gumede highlights critical issues pertaining to the AfCFTA and proposes how can the AfCFTA be better implemented, including options for dealing with the Regional Economic Communities, the Customs Unions, the Monetary Communities and the Tripartite Free Trade Area.

The Keynote Address examines many other issues pertaining to the political economy of Africa’s development, including Professor Gumede’s disengagement hypothesis which takes forward Professor Samir Amin’s delinking agenda.

Prof. Vusi Gumede in brief

Professor Vusi Gumede, a former Associate Professor at the University of Johannesburg and a former Chief Policy Analyst in the Thabo Mbeki administration, is Professor at the University of South Africa. He was also Director of the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (2013-2018).

He has published 2 books on the political economy of South Africa – the first was published by CODESRIA Press in 2015 and the second one was published by CAMBRIA Press in 2016 – and he is finalizing a third one.

He has also edited seven books on the political economy of development in Africa and published numerous journal papers, book chapters and essays. He is Editor-in-Chief of Africa Insight and Africanus as well as having guest edited various special issues (including Africa Development). His postgraduate training is in policy studies and economics – he holds a PhD in Economics...

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South Africa's flipflopping developmental state journey
The Star Opinion Article 
1 August 2019

Some argue that even in exile the liberation movement yearned for South Africa to become a democratic developmental state. A democratic developmental state can be viewed as a state that pursues higher levels of socio-economic development in a participatory manner, guided by a robust long-term plan.

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South Africa's future becomes more bleak
September 2019

It was always going to be hard to advance wellbeing in South Africa. It has become harder. For many African countries, ensuring that human development expands has been a challenge. This important point is generally overlooked in many analyses, voices and proposals regarding what could be done. 

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Policy thinking needed as much as policy coordination 
TK Pooe & Vusi Gumede
July 2019 


There is no doubt that policy coordination has been weak. Policy thinking too has been found wanting. This challenge was very glaring in the Zuma administration. It is clear, at least judging by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s June 2019 State of the Nation Address (SoNA)

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