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 is planning to capitalize on AfCFTA to connect African and Chinese markets to promote the free movement of goods, persons, capital and technologies.
African Continental Free Trade Area expected to pave way for Turkish businesses in to grow on continent
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.
The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) is very important for Chinese companies in Africa, particularly in Egypt, an Egyptian economic expert said.
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 negotiations on key substantive issues related to trade in goods and trade in services that are still to be completed.
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.
Negotiators still need to agree on market access offers, rules of origin and specific commitments in trade in services.
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.
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)
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.
African dairy farmers protested outside the European Union HQ to demand that they don’t over-produce milk and then flood African markets.
African governments must act immediately to address the AfCFTA’s potential negative implications for Africans’ health.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Gambia became the 22nd country to ratify the agreement effectively helping meet the minimum threshold.
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.