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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.


Joint statement between the United States of America and the African Union concerning the development of the African Continental Free Trade Area
The United States and the African Union share a mutual desire to pursue deeper trade and investment ties, eventually leading to a continental trade partnership between the United States and Africa.
Africa offers a test to von der Leyen’s ‘geopolitical Commission’
The African Union Commission’s high representative on Cotonou has warned that keeping the ACP framework will make it harder for the EU to agree on a ‘continent-to-continent instrument’.
AfCFTA phase 1 negotiations: Issues and challenges for Eastern Africa
This study identifies issues and challenges of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), with a focus on East Africa.
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.