The Bank says the ‘Journal of African Trade’, a peer-reviewed publication will be expected to fill the gaps in availability of accurate information and statistics on African trade and trade finance.
It will also publish research on trade-related issues of interest to entities promoting and financing African trade, the Bank added.
In a press release issued by the Bank, Jean-Louis Ekra, President of Afreximbank, was cited as saying during the maiden meeting of the Editorial Board and Managing Editors of the publication in Cairo, that the Journal of African Trade would be an authoritative medium for the publication and dissemination of research findings on contemporary policy issues relating to African trade development and that it would be devoted to African trade, trade finance and other trade related issues.
He also said the Journal would address the challenges faced by governments, businesses, banks and other entities involved in policy-making in respect of African trade, trade finance and trade negotiations, who, because of lack of credible data, often had to make decisions with limited information, with attendant poor results.
The Bank indicates that the journal will contain a blend of theoretical and empirical research work and would consist of articles written by prominent international trade professionals, including academics and researchers, with in-depth knowledge of global and African trade.
The journal, it says is being managed by a 16-member Editorial Board and a five–member team of Managing Editors. The Editorial Board is made up of economists and trade experts with proven technical competences in international trade and trade finance and is responsible for controlling the quality of the publication. The Managing Editors are knowledgeable and well known economists.
The first issue of the journal is due to be released in October 2013, the Bank noted.
By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi