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Nigeria unprepared for African free trade –Experts
Three years after signing the African Continental Free Trade Area, Nigeria appears unprepared to compete in the trade regime...
The New U.S. Africa Strategy Breaks From the Status Quo—With Some Perplexing Stumbles
U.S. positioning for the great power competition with China and Russia for influence in Africa.
AfCFTA suffers setback as Benin Republic slams CFA9m on Nigeria-bound transit cargoes
The agreement was brokered by the African Union (AU) and was signed by 44 of its 55 member states in Kigali, Rwanda on March 21, 2018. The only country still not to sign the agreement is Eritrea, which has a largely closed economy.
ECOWAS experts meet to consider draft offer on trade in services for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)
The 7th Regional meeting reviewed the draft ECOWAS Offer for the AfCFTA Trade in Services negotiations and held bilateral sessions between ECOWAS Commission and Member States.
Russia’s meandering return path to investing in Africa – OpEd
United States, European Union and their Pacific allies’ sanctions are fast-driving Russia towards Africa. As the sanctions bite, Russia continues stepping up to realign with Africa, stemming its policy with mountainous pledges.
North African standoff: How the Western Sahara conflict is fuelling new tensions between Morocco and Algeria
Tensions between Morocco and Algeria have risen lately, and there is now a heightened risk of armed conflict arising and the escalation is rooted in the dispute over the status of Western Sahara.
Africa: a false start for Africa’s free trade deal?
To sustain momentum after the AfCFTA’s January launch, traders must be kept in the loop about why implementation is slow.
Huge potential to boost Arab-Africa trade
Arab-African trade has enormous potential but is held back by a number of bottlenecks. The Second Arab-Africa Trade Forum in Cairo revealed new ways to take trade forward.
Africa’s economic trade-off
Africa’s new free trade area could transform the continent’s economy. But without strong social protections, it may result in more precarious work.
SADC countries unhappy with major new framework for relations with the EU
Southern African countries have rattled the European Union by indicating they might reopen negotiations on a major new, long-range framework for relations between Europe and developing countries that has already been accepted by all sides.
AfCFTA/China sign MoU on establishing Expert Group on Economic Cooperation
The AfCFTA Secretariat and the Ministry of Commerce of China agreed to establish an Expert Group to collaborate in areas such as experience-sharing on intellectual property rights, digital trade, competition policy, and others.
African Union sees ‘huge potential’ for trade with Turkey
There is a huge potential when it comes to expanding and deepening relations between Turkey and African countries, the African Union’s commissioner for economic development, trade, industry and mining said.
Africa-Turkey forum to promote investment and trade under AfCFTA
On October 21 to 22, Turkish and African leaders together with corporate business directors, industrialist and investors are meeting under the theme “Deepening Turkey-Africa Strategic Partnership: Trade, Investment, Technology and Logistics”.
Algeria-Morocco rift another blow to Africa’s free trade aspirations
Algerian Foreign Affairs Minister Ramtane Lamamra’s announcement on 24 August of a new break in diplomatic relations with Morocco is another setback for free trade and free movement on the continent.
Tanzania ratifies Africa free trade area treaty
Tanzania on Thursday ratified the agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), effectively joining a pact connecting countries with a total gross domestic product of $3.4 trillion.
What’s going on between African nations and the EU?
African leaders still have incentives to maintain the partnership between the two continents, not least because of the trade links and development assistance Europe offers. But they also have a strong interest in revising that relationship.
African social movements demand that AU suspends undemocratic and pro-industry seed and GMO guidelines and processes
More than 50 African groups denounce how the African Union is using the African Continental Free Trade Area as a justification to push the seed harmonisation agenda.
Burundi has officially ratified the agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area
In a document that was made public this Tuesday, July 6, 2021, it was confirmed that Burundi officially ratified the agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area on June 17, 2021.
EU commits sh21b towards AfCFTA operationalisation
The European Union has pledged to commit an additional €5m (about sh21.7b) towards the second phase of the African Trade Observatory (ATO) to support the operationalisation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).