India and Mauritius discussed initiatives to strengthen bilateral ties including the early finalisation of the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Partnership Agreement (CEPCA).
The US-Africa Strategy seeks to re-position the US and bring it to par with China and Russia.
African countries, backed by the EU, want internal and external free trade, which will wreck local agriculture, and rural economies and societies.
Business groups have supported the Nigerian Federal Government’s delay in signing the African Continental Free Trade Area, stressing that adequate measure should be put in place to prevent dumping of goods into Nigeria and Africa countries in general.
Trade unions from Africa and Europe have followed with grave concern the negotiation and conclusion of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the EU and regional groupings in Africa.
If the EU is to seize the economic opportunities that Africa offers, it will need to work with the continent’s leaders to forge a new kind of partnership that treats African countries as equals. Simply put, the new EU-Africa relationship must be based on trade, not aid.
Government has opened consultations with industry on rules of origin (RoO) for the ambitious African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) aimed at promoting duty-free flow of goods and services originating in the bloc.
Some general concerns centre on the potential impact a continental free market could have on particular sectors of national economies.
The European Union could one day look to take advantage of African efforts to forge a free trade area within the continent to work toward a comprehensive continent-to-continent free trade agreement.
The African Union wants to have a continent-to-continent dialogue with Europe, a change that could make the framework of the Cotonou Agreement implode and leave the Pacific and Caribbean states out in the cold.
Many have suggested that China and African countries, represented by African Union, should launch a feasibility study on free trade and investment facilitation negotiation.
Increasing trade between the EU and the ACP, particularly African countries, lay at the heart of the ambition of the Cotonou Agreement. But it has not worked out that way.
The US is looking for African countries that would be interested in having bilateral free trade agreements with.
Mauritius is the first African country that launched the FTA negotiations with China; MoU over the Belt and Road Initiatives is under negotiation.
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Germany’s development minister has sparked a debate by calling for EU tariffs to be waived on African goods. Critics question whether import duties are really the issue, or are there other barriers to trade?
Free trade agreements on farm products benefits primarily transnational corporations and furthers the industrialisation of agriculture. All at the expense of local food production.
The United States wants to pave the way for a free trade agreement between Washington and sub-Saharan African countries.
President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria will only be signatory to the Continental Free Trade Agreement if the nation’s national interests as well as regional and international obligations are balanced.
USTR Robert Lighthizer believes the time is right to pursue free trade agreement negotiations with AGOA eligible countries.