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The African Continental Free Trade Agreement: Loss of sovereignty, lack of transparency
Rather than making drastic structural changes to the systems of production within Africa, the AfCFTA may intensify the ‘race to the bottom’ between working classes on the continent.
China calls more African countries to join BRI
China is planning to capitalize on AfCFTA to connect African and Chinese markets to promote the free movement of goods, persons, capital and technologies.
Turkish investors see boon in pan-African trade pact
African Continental Free Trade Area expected to pave way for Turkish businesses in to grow on continent
AfCFTA implementation may drag despite becoming operational
The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) became a binding international legal instrument, even though critical parts of the agreement are yet to be completed.
Interview: Free trade deal to benefit Chinese companies in Egypt, Africa: expert
The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) is very important for Chinese companies in Africa, particularly in Egypt, an Egyptian economic expert said.
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.
Rein in dairy exports to our continent: African farmers to EU
African dairy farmers protested outside the European Union HQ to demand that they don’t over-produce milk and then flood African markets.
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.
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.
The Belt and Road Initiative: Chinese agribusiness going global
The Belt and Road Initiative provides a framework for Chinese investment to enhance existing infrastructure as well as build new production sites and trade routes to better connect China with the rest of the world.