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AfCFTA: Calls grow to bridge information gap

Published on June 17, 2019

Awareness among citizens and traders about the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement and ways to make the most of the deal may not be at ideal levels to have maximum benefit when it takes effect. The framework is set to officially be launched during the African Union Summit in Niamey, Niger in July. The agreement is ready for implementation having received 52 signatories and 24 ratifications. It required 22 ratifications in order to be enter into effect. The AfCFTA operationalisation will make the bloc the largest free trade area in the world. However, experts say that the impact of the development will be among other things dependent on the level of awareness about the opportunities it presents, ways to be compliant with requirements, existing markets, goods on demand and profit margins, among others. Read more. Source | New Times

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