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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.


Nigeria to join Africa free trade zone, Trade Minister says
Nigeria will sign the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement as soon as President Muhammadu Buhari approves an impact-assessment report he asked for, the country’s trade minister said.
The AfCFTA enters into force on 30 May
The negotiations on key substantive issues related to trade in goods and trade in services that are still to be completed.
AU urges dispute settlement endeavors as AfCFTA edges closer to effect
The African Union (AU) stressed the need to boost African countries’ capacity on both Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) and state-to-state dispute, as the African Continental Free Trade Area edges closer to entry into force.
The African single market takes a step forward as the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement becomes a reality
Negotiators still need to agree on market access offers, rules of origin and specific commitments in trade in services.
Continental free trade pact comes into effect June
Supporting instruments to facilitate the launch of the operational phase of the AfCFTA need to be finalised, including rules of origin, schedules of tariff concessions on trade in goods.
Interview with Ken Ukaoha
Ken Ukaoha is the president of the National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) and shares his view on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)
Africa Continental Free Trade Area to enter into force in July
The African Continental Free Trade Area will officially enter into force during the next Extra-Ordinary Heads of State and Government summit slated for 7th July 2019 in Niamey, Niger.
Will free trade make Africans sick?
African governments must act immediately to address the AfCFTA’s potential negative implications for Africans’ health.
The African single market takes a step forward as the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement becomes a reality
As a second step, negotiators will focus on rules pertaining to intellectual property rights, competition policy and investment, which they aim to finalise by June 2020.
Will Africa’s historic free trade agreement succeed?
The African Union agreed last year to create a free trade zone on the continent but Africa’s largest economy, Nigeria, isn’t on board with the agreement.
Africa: How soon can the Continental Free Trade Agreement be implemented?
Among the key issues where negotiations are still needed include the rules of origin, non-tariff barriers, structure of implementation, schedule of concessions and tariff books.
Fresh push for states to ratify the tripartite FTA as deadline draws near
The deadline set by the Tripartite Council of Ministers for member States of three regional economic blocs to sign and ratify the tripartite free trade area lapses this month.
Implementation of AfCFTA in Nigeria will increase unemployment among farmers – NANTS warns
The National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) has warned that the implementation of African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) in Nigeria would increase unemployment among farmers, and farm workers in the country.
Africa’s free trade deal reaches required minimum ratifications
The Gambia became the 22nd country to ratify the agreement effectively helping meet the minimum threshold.
NANTS backs Buhari over trade agreement
The National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) thrown its weight behind President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to signed and ratified the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).
African free trade agreement one country closer to reality
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is nearing reality as only one country is left to ratify the Agreement for the deal to reach the 22 countries required for the Agreement to effectively come into force.
Cotonou successor: EU-Africa relations at the crossroads
Negotiators are hoping to break the back on talks for the successor to the Cotonou Agreement, which expires in May 2020, between the EU and 79 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP).
Zim not yet ready for full AfCFTA
Zimbabwe should ramp up value addition and beneficiation of its products beforehand, says official.
The African Continental Free Trade Area: What kind of pan-Africanism?
If this agreement comes into force, it is likely, because of the peculiarities of the insertion of Africa into the world capitalist civilization, to be among the worst of the free-trade wave that is underway.
The African Continental Free Trade Area: Free trade and pan-Africanism
The entry into force of the AfCFTA is a decisive stage of the African Union’s neoliberal Pan-Africanist project.