An export-led economy: A free lunch to economic success?

Assessing Tanzania's trade development and competitiveness

Binyam Demena, Jamal Msami, Donald Mmari and Peter van Bergeijk evaluate Tanzania's aim to develop an export-led competitive economy. Will it be a free lunch with only winners or will some sectors lose out from trade liberalization? This policy brief explains.

This policy brief, produced by Research on Poverty Alleviation in Tanzania, evaluates the trade development and competitiveness of Tanzania by assessing the productivity of its firms against the background of further integration into the East African Community (EAC).

The note addresses both the export premium of an internationalization strategy, the opportunities for specialization within the EAC and the impact of the challenges that currently are hindering trade competitiveness.

Finally, the brief provides recommendations on how to enhance trade competitiveness and remove policy bottlenecks in order to reap the significant trade potential.

This brief is based on econometric research, literature review and informed by many sources including background interviews, field research, government reports, academic papers as well as non-governmental reports.

You can download the brief from Africa Portal - Trade, Productivity and Competitiveness

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