Olu Fasan

Olu Fasan is a Visiting Fellow in the International Relations Department of the London School of Economics (LSE), and a member of the LSE’s International Trade Policy Unit. He is also currently a senior adviser on energy and climate change policy with the UK Government. In particular, he advises and develops policy on how to minimise the costs of EU and UK energy and climate change policies for UK businesses so as to support their international competitiveness. He also advises on state aid issues, working closely with the European Commission.

Content by Olu Fasan
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    AfCFTA: Africa is moving too slowly towards economic integration

    Africa’s quest for a single market dates back to the establishment of the Organisation of African Union (OAU) in 1963. The OAU, which brought together Africa’s newly independent nations, had at its heart intra-Africa economic integration. In fact, it aimed to emulate Europe by creating an African Economic Community, encompassing a single market and a customs union. In...

    18 Feb 2019 | Olu Fasan

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    EU-Africa trade relations: Why Africa needs the economic partnership agreements

    Africa should ratify the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), make use of their flexibilities, if necessary, and hold the EU’s feet to the fire on the implementation of the EPA’s development component. The Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) are trade deals between Europe and regions in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, designed to end preferential treatment...

    26 Mar 2018 | Olu Fasan

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    Determining the costs and benefits of Africa’s alignment with China

    China’s economic model challenges that of the West, manifesting in a global economic imbalance. Africa is determined to align with China in this division, and China has its ambitions for Africa too. Despite China being Africa’s most favoured nation, politically and economically, what does the continent stand to gain from this asymmetric relationship? Napoleon once said...

    6 Oct 2017 | Olu Fasan

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    Brexit: Why Africa will lose a voice in Brussels but gain the best of both worlds

    The recent British referendum results have unleashed considerable panic and anxiety both in and out of Europe. Olu Fasan explores what a British exit from the EU could mean for African trading partnerships. The world has talked about little else since Britain voted in a referendum on June 23 to leave the European Union (EU). Everyone, it seems, is transfixed by the...

    18 Jul 2016 | Olu Fasan

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    Africa must industrialise and trade more to achieve the SDGs

    With a lack of clarity around how the Global Goals for Sustainable Development will be financed, LSE Visiting Fellow Olu Fasan argues that it will be up to African nations to mobilise resources through industrialisation and trade. This post forms part of a cross-blog series on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development run by the IGC, Africa at LSE, and South Asia at...

    21 Oct 2015 | Olu Fasan