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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.


The folly of the Africa’s Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA)
The roadmap of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) was adopted by the African Union in 2012 and the decision to launch the negotiations in June 2015 at the 25th Summit of the African Union, with the aim of implementing it by the end of 2017.
Senegalese economist Ndongo Samba Sylla: “the Continental Free Trade Area is a mistake” (Interview)
The economist Ndongo Samba Sylla is a former advisor to the President of the Republic of Senegal. He explains why the Continental Free Trade Area is “suicide for African countries.”
Africa eyes its prized continental free trade area
The 2017 deadline has arrived and the Continental Free Trade Area, formally adopted in 2012, is not yet a reality. But it’s not that far off either.
The African Union Commission is hosting the 5th meeting of the Continental Free Trade Area Negotiating Forum (CFTA-NF)
The meeting will be adopting the modalities that will guide the negotiations in Tariff liberalization and Trade in Services liberalization
Interview with Guy Marius Sagna
The Coordinator of the National Coalition "No to EPAs" in Senegal discusses two free trade projects in Africa: Economic Partnership Agreements and the Continental Free Trade Area.
Nigeria begins negotiations on CFTA adoption
Nigeria has commenced negotiations to facilitate the adoption of the Continental Free Trade Area after lagging behind among other trade blocs.
Private sector will be the main focus of the CFTA – MoTI
The interest of the private sector will be at the forefront in negotiations of the Continental Free Trade Area Agreement.
African leaders agree deal on continental free trade
This agreement is in furtherance of the commitment made by African leaders in Addis Ababa in 2012 towards the establishment of the CFTA.
Virtual teach-in videos: a heterodox and feminist approach to the Continental Free Trade Area
Regions Refocus has compiled five “Virtual Teach-ins” of footage from the workshop “Towards an Equitable and Transformative Continental Free Trade Area: A Heterodox and Feminist Approach.”
East Africa: Why cautionary approach to EPA’s deal is important
Signing this pact at the moment would expose young EAC countries to harsh economic conditions in post-Brexit Europe
Africa is moving toward a massive and important free trade agreement
Here are seven things you need to know about Africa’s Continental Free Trade Area — which could be up and running by the end of 2017.
We cannot afford to fail on the Continental Free Trade Area
Successful implementation of the CFTA will enable members to realize their potential to expand and accelerate the dynamism of intra-African trade
AU prioritises mining, intra-Africa trade
The Continental Free Trade Area offers African producers and investors an unique opportunity to benefit from this important market.
COMESA appreciates Tripartite FTA progress
The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Council of Ministers has appreciated the progress made so far in the negotiating process that include finalising the outstanding work in Phase 1 of the Tripartite Free Trade Area Agreement (TFTA).
African Union puts India’s free trade pact proposal on hold
New Delhi to explore potential trade pacts with individual countries.
Mooted free-trade area seen boosting intra-African minerals trade flows
Formal negotiations are taking place among the 54 member States of the African Union to create a free-trade zone on the continent by 2017.
Half of Africa joins in a free trade zone
African leaders have established a single free trade area encompassing 26 countries and 625 million people in eastern and southern Africa. And next week, they’ll kick off a process to negotiate an all-Africa trade pact.
Africa to launch Continental Free Trade Agreement negotiations
African countries will launch the Continental Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) negotiations at the upcoming African Union Summit scheduled for mid-June this year, it was announced on Thursday.
On a free trade mission in Africa
Treasure Maphanga is one of Africa’s most important women, with arguably the continent’s toughest job on her hands: driving the establishment and implementation of a Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA).