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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.
Indonesia, Africa have great potential to strengthen economy: Kalla
Indonesia’s Vice President Jusuf Kalla noted that Indonesia and Africa have great potential to develop and strengthen economy.
Free trade and its pitfalls: Lessons for Africa
Despite having several trade and investment agreements from 1975, the inability for Africa to build substantial productive capacity has in effect rendered the continent a net importer, unable to meet even its own food requirements.
Interview with Ndongo Samba Sylla
Dr Ndongo Samba Sylla is an economist, researcher and programme officer at the Office for West Africa at the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. In this interview, he analyses the African Continental Free Trade Area
African free trade, China’s ‘Silk Road’ big window for continent
China, being Africa’s largest trading partner, is a key factor and beneficiary of the continent’s development.
African Continental Free Trade Area: questions & answers
Compiled by the African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC) of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in association with the African Union Commission