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’Moving into the heart of negotiations’ for Africa’s free trade agreement
Some general concerns centre on the potential impact a continental free market could have on particular sectors of national economies.
EU’s Juncker eyes Africa free trade pact
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.
Tensions grow over the future of the ACP group
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.
An FTA between China, African nations will boost global trade
Many have suggested that China and African countries, represented by African Union, should launch a feasibility study on free trade and investment facilitation negotiation.
Africa prepares to drive a hard trade bargain with EU
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.
US plans bilateral free trade agreements with African countries
The US is looking for African countries that would be interested in having bilateral free trade agreements with.
Mauritius and Africa must avoid Chinese debt-trap
Mauritius is the first African country that launched the FTA negotiations with China; MoU over the Belt and Road Initiatives is under negotiation.
Should Buhari sign the African Continental Free Trade deal?
Six analyses from economists and stakeholders.
EU-Africa free trade will create more imbalances, say critics
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?
Small–scale farmers of Africa and Denmark reject free trade agreements
Free trade agreements on farm products benefits primarily transnational corporations and furthers the industrialisation of agriculture. All at the expense of local food production.
US, African officials prepare for post-AGOA trade future
The United States wants to pave the way for a free trade agreement between Washington and sub-Saharan African countries.
Buhari gives condition to sign Africa free trade agreement
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.
Africa: Statement of USTR Robert Lighthizer at the opening plenary of the 2018 US-sub-Saharan Africa trade and cconomic Cooperation forum (AGOA forum)
USTR Robert Lighthizer believes the time is right to pursue free trade agreement negotiations with AGOA eligible countries.
Consultative workshop on market access concessions on trade in goods for CEN-SAD, ECCAS, ECOWAS and UMA Member States
The objective of the consultative workshop is a regional-wide consultation to finalize the outstanding issues including criteria for designation of sensitive products, percentages, etc.
Namibia finally pens Africa free trade deal
Namibia has finally signed the trillion-dollar African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), which requires members to remove tariffs from 90 percent of goods to allow free access to commodities, goods and services across the continent.
49 AU members have signed free trade pact: AU chairperson
Forty-nine members of the African Union have signed the African continental free trade area (AfCFTA) agreement, said AU chairperson Paul Kagame .
MAN kicks against Nigeria’s ratification of African free trade agreement
The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) said the issues raised by major stakeholders, including those expressed by manufacturers, still remained unattended to.
African ministers meet on free trade
African trade ministers have deliberated on the protocols to the agreement establishing African free trade area (AfCFTA), and the modalities for tariff liberalization.
Ratification of African Continental Free Trade Area gets underway
African Continental Free Trade Area signatories are now beginning the ratification process, while also looking at the technical work needed to make the area a reality.
Eight lessons on imperatives of private sector-driven AfCFTA
It appears from all indications that the African private sector is either kept at the back door or yet to be given a pride of place in the AfCFTA process.