April 2013 to May 2013

Calls for monitoring and evaluation of regional integration in Africa

April 2013: 6th Joint Annual Meetings of AU-ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development 
April 2013: AfDB Board of Directors approve concept for a project on monitoring regional integration in Africa
May 2013: 6th Conference of African Ministers in charge of Integration

Decision to merge AU/ECA and AfDB projects on monitoring regional integration


March 2014 to March 2015

Design & Consultation

March 2014: 7th AU-ECA Conference of Ministers - Framework for Index approved
July 2014: 7th Conference of African Ministers in charge of Integration - Framework for Index approved 
July 2014: Technical Working Group on Architecture of the Index and Roadmap
December 2014: First Conference of African Director Generals of National Statistics Offices and Statistical Commission for Africa – presentation of an Update on Methodology and Indicators 
March 2015: 8th AU-ECA Conference of Ministers – Presentation and Review of Index in a side-event


November 2014

Capacity building

November 2014 – July 2015: Workshops with 32 national, REC and corridor statistical Focal Points as part of the pilot data training exercise.

November 2014 – September 2015: Data collection by trained Focal Points as part of the pilot data collection exercise.


October 2015

Development

October 2015 – February 2016: Calculation of the Index with Rankings and Scores.


April 2016

AU-ECA Conference of Ministers side event

April 9th: Launch of the Africa Regional Integration Index 2016 Report

“To promote economic, social and cultural development and the integration of African economies in order to increase economic self reliance and promote an endogenous and self-sustained development”

Abuja Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community (Article 4. Objective 1. (a))