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Regional Trade Facilitation: Challenges of EPZs and SEZs on East African Regional Trade Integration.

Regional Trade Facilitation: Challenges of EPZs and SEZs on East African Regional Trade Integration

Regional Intergration

By Moses Kulaba

EPZA-Athi RiverThe last decade has seen a proliferation of the use of various types of Special Economic Zones (SEZ) in Africa and the East African region (Woolfrey, 2013:3). Their increased proliferation was partly induced by the relative success in countries like Mauritius and Some parts of Southern Asia and started reshaping their economies from import substitution towards export led growth.  The government’s view these as important arrangements for attracting foreign direct investment, job creation, boosting industrialisation, export led manufacturing and larger economic development.

Despite the interest that has been shown by East African Community governments in establishing Economic Processing Zones and Special Economic Zones (SEZ) as an investment promotion measure, this article sheds light on the diverse perspectives on EPZs and SEZs and cautions that governments and policy makers need to be very careful and when designing EPZA and SEZs policies, since these have a tendency of working in contrast to regional trade integration processes and if not well managed can lead to losses in revenue foregone. For more details can be read via: http://www.gepc.or.tz/?post_type=work&p=648


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