E&M

2020/3

Giovanni Carbone

Political-economic Dynamism and the Unknown Factor of Solidity

Africa is often portrayed in a simplistic manner, and the sum of the 54 countries it consists of - 49 in the sub-Saharan region - is inevitably depicted using short-cuts and stereotypical images. Between 1990 and 1994, most sub-Saharan countries introduced new constitutional structures, and this season of political reform served as a prelude to that of economic progress and greater interest by international actors, China first of all. In 2018, the treaty establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was signed, aimed at promoting intra-African trade and thus an acceleration of development of the area.

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