The importance of information and communications technology in achieving African economic integration

Other Title(s)

أهمية التقنية الرقمية فى تحقيق التكامل الاقتصادي بين الدول الأفريقية

Author

Awad, Atif

Source

University of Sharjah Journal for Humanities and Social Sciences

Issue

Vol. 18, Issue 1 (30 Jun. 2021), pp.26-60, 35 p.

Publisher

University of Sharjah

Publication Date

2021-06-30

Country of Publication

United Arab Emirates

No. of Pages

35

Main Subjects

Economy

Abstract EN

-The present study investigated and tested the influences of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) development on intra-African trade using a panel dataset for 41 African countries during the period 2002– 2016.

To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first empirical study in the Africa continent that investigates the impact of ICT development on Intra-African trade using the Information and Communications Technology Development Index as a comprehensive measurement tool.

The Pedroni cointegration tests verified a long-run relationship between the mentioned variables.

The results of the Fully Modified Ordinary Least Squares (FMOLS) technique suggested that ICT development plays a marginal impact on intra-African trade, an impact that is significant at 1%.

Overall, the results implied that one of the key channels through which the goal towards Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) is through promoting and investing more in the ICT sector.

Thus, governments and development partners should work with other stakeholders progressively to build ICTenabled trade facilitation in Africa.

American Psychological Association (APA)

Awad, Atif. 2021. The importance of information and communications technology in achieving African economic integration. University of Sharjah Journal for Humanities and Social Sciences،Vol. 18, no. 1, pp.26-60.
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-1258758

Modern Language Association (MLA)

Awad, Atif. The importance of information and communications technology in achieving African economic integration. University of Sharjah Journal for Humanities and Social Sciences Vol. 18, no. 1 (Jun. 2021), pp.26-60.
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-1258758

American Medical Association (AMA)

Awad, Atif. The importance of information and communications technology in achieving African economic integration. University of Sharjah Journal for Humanities and Social Sciences. 2021. Vol. 18, no. 1, pp.26-60.
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-1258758

Data Type

Journal Articles

Language

English

Notes

Includes appendices : p. 59

Record ID

BIM-1258758