Paul Brenton is Lead Economist (Trade and Regional Integration) in the Africa Region of the World Bank. His role is to lead analytical work on country, regional and on Africa-wide trade issues and to support Bank staff in their work in these areas. Paul also coordinates the Africa Region's activities that are supported by the Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Trade and Development. Previously he worked in the Trade Department of the Bank where he worked for several years on issues related to trade reform with a focus on regional integration and preferential trade agreements. He has published work on the economic impact of trade policies, with a particular focus on trade preferences for developing countries, regional integration, rules of origin, foreign direct investment and the role of regulations in influencing trade and investment flows. Paul joined the Bank in 2002, having been Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Trade Policy Unit at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels. Before that was a lecturer in economics at the University of Birmingham in the UK. He has a PhD in Economics from the University of East Anglia.