Developing Economic and Commercial Diplomacy in Africa

Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) employ 70-90% of the workforce. However, their export and integration in the international economy are declining.

This paper argues that the solution is to strengthen Africa’s Economic and Commercial Diplomacy through systemic and long-term efforts including:

  • training of diplomats and officials;
  • building diplomatic services and other institutions;
  • strengthening regional cooperation via African Union.