The Africa Continental Free Trade Area #AFCFTA which was launched on the 1st of January 2021, opens up opportunities for businesses to expand across Africa. Marketing expert Hazel Chimhandamba, shares insights on how to enter different African markets on Scix African Trade talks. pic.twitter.com/P1gJM1gA23
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The council of ministers of the economic blocs Southern African Development Community (SADC), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the East African Community (EAC) discussed — among other topics, the draft guidelines of the three-part mechanism on safe movement in the region.
An important conversation in light of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic — in addition to the approach to accelerating and implementing the Tripartite Free Trade Area.
The African Free Trade Area is a great opportunity for us to learn other African languages of our close neighbours and far neighbours to facilitate more inter-African trade and business partnerships
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Ricardo de Abreu, the Angolan Minister of Transports, shares his insight on the goings-on.
“The free trade area aims at exactly that, to ensure that there is an increase in the volume of intracontinental trade, which is something that does not happen, therefore, not only here in this southern region but in the rest of the continent. Inter-African trade is very low, and not only because of the need for better infrastructure. The business professionals themselves and the economic players often seek solutions and opportunities much further away when the market is here, the market is next door.”
Efficient Integration of Continental Trading Areas
The objective of the tripartite free trade agreement is the creation of a customs union that integrates the member states — from Egypt up top all the way down to South Africa.
The representatives of the regional economic blocs — namely COMESA, EAC and SADC, met on Monday by videoconference to analyse the legal regulations that will be in force at the time of the implementation of the Tripartite Free Trade Area.