Acta Scientific Nutritional Health (ASNH)(ISSN: 2582-1423)

Research Article Volume 5 Issue 9

An Empirical Study on the Influencing Factors and Trade Potential of International Trade in African Regional Integration Organizations: A Case of ECOWAS and SADC

Mariam Doumbouya and Liu Xia*

Department of International Trade, Zhengzhou University, China

*Corresponding Author: Liu Xia, Professor, Department of International Trade, Zhengzhou University, China.

Received: July 01, 2021; Published: August 30, 2021


  The success of countries and continents relies heavily on its capability to handle its trading activities as well as its policies regarding trading activities. The African continent, like the rest of the continents, still relies on trade for its successes and social-economic development. The aspect of regional integration of countries will come into play given that these trading activities take place within the country, between countries, and between the continents. The extra and intraregional organizations will be an influential factor when it comes to the success of the trade. The need to improve the overall stance of the African continent in the face of the world has forced the African leaders to come up with different regional organizations to aid in its economic activities. The article, therefore, covers on the factors influencing Africa’s regional, potential bilateral trade whereby the econometric analysis methods are used in understanding the estimation model used in line with the OLS estimation and Random fixed effects. It also includes the significant factors behind the growth of exports, imports, and bilateral trade through engaging gravity variables as well as analysis of supplementary dummy variables. The findings of this article show that factors influencing international trade are economic components such as per capita GDP, difference exchange rate of currencies, GDP of involved countries as well as the distance between trading partners. The regional trading block on which the article focuses its studies on is the (ECOWAS SADC.

Keywords: International Trade; Empirical Potential Regional Trade; Africa Influential Factors; Gravity Mode


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Citation: Mariam Doumbouya and Liu Xia. “An Empirical Study on the Influencing Factors and Trade Potential of International Trade in African Regional Integration Organizations: A Case of ECOWAS and SADC". Acta Scientific Nutritional Health 5.9 (2021): 65-70.


Copyright: © 2021 Mariam Doumbouya and Liu Xia. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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