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AfCFTA

AfCFTA is a proposed trade agreement involving all 54 African Union member states. The continental agreement seeks to enhance trade liberalisation, deregulate services and remove tariff and non-tariff barriers. The negotiations were launched in June 2015 and the deal was signed in March 2018 by 44 nations.


Trade in services in the AfCFTA
Member states are currently engaged in negotiations on issues that are essential for trade in services under the AfCFTA to begin.
In Burkina Faso, the business community is wondering about the AfCFTA
In Burkina Faso, many businessmen are concerned about the challenges of implementing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), a vast space of more than a billion people.
India says African Continental Free Trade Area will help enhance trade ties
India is increasing its engagement with Africa. Since 2014, there have been 32 outgoing high-level visits from India to Africa.
African Continental Free Trade Agreement: Will the SA beef industry benefit?
The agreement will have positive spin-offs for the SA beef industry, said one of South Africa’s leading beef producers.
The African Continental Free Trade Area and investor-state arbitration: What can investors expect and why?
Should AfCFTA member states opt for an ISDS mechanism, a reformed mechanism should be expected.
AfCFTA: Officials push for all member states to ratify free trade deal
With the July 1, 2020 launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area approaching, 90% of outstanding issues on the rules of origin and tariff guidelines have been resolved.
Africa’s tripartite free trade area to be operational in early 2020: COMESA
The TFTA will also be a building bloc for the African Continental Free Trade Area, COMESA official said.
‘Phase 1B’ of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) negotiations
This policy brief focuses on the expected economic impacts of tariff liberalization under the AfCFTA.
What the AfCFTA means for the energy sector
Major new opportunities for cross-border energy collaboration arise from the signature of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement.
India, Mauritius close to sewing up FTA
India and Mauritius are close to finalising the proposed bilateral free trade agreement that got delayed due to apprehensions amongst domestic players in both countries.
Setting sights on ‘free trade’ Africa
Indonesia has caught the African fever, but with AfCFTA, it can do a lot more and faster in tapping the growing economic and business opportunities on offer
African states launch the operational phase of the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement, creating one of the largest common markets in the world
The AfCFTA entered into force on May 30, 2019 for all States that have ratified the Agreement. Trading under the agreement will begin on July 1, 2020.
Africa wants one trade deal with the US, the US wants many
The African Union prefers a continent-wide deal with the US while the US wants bilateral deals when AGOA expires.
Nigeria sets up committee to implement African free-trade deal
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of a committee to implement the country’s participation in the African Free Trade Agreement.
Central Africans express mixed reactions to continental free trade area
Analysts and businesspeople in the six-member Central African Economic and Monetary Community say that although the African Continental Free Trade Area brings hope for pan African trade, they are not sure CEMAC will be fully implemented anytime soon.
Rwanda ratifies Tripartite Free Trade Area agreement
Members of the Lower House approved the agreement establishing a Tripartite Free Trade Area among the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, the East African Community, and the Southern African Development Community.
Why Nigerian small manufacturers fear new continental trade deal
Some manufacturers in Nigeria say that wading into the continental market could undermine local players and have negative implications.
Civil society dialogue on Africa’s meeting of 28 June 2019
The preparation of the AfCFTA represents a waste of time and resources for the African States that will reduce the resources which should be concentrated on economic and political strengthening of the Regional Economic Communities.
Economic ’game changer’? African leaders launch free-trade zone
African leaders launched a continental free-trade zone that, if successful, would unite 1.3 billion people and create a $3.4 trillion economic bloc.
Nigeria will sign Africa free trade agreement -presidency
Nigeria will sign an Africa free trade agreement at the coming African union summit, according to a statement posted on the Nigeria presidency’s Twitter feed.