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African nations form new free trade zone

Published on July 13, 2015

Twenty-six African nations have created a free trade zone that spans the eastern half of the continent from Egypt to South Africa in an effort to increase the flow of goods through reduced tariffs and improved infrastructure.

According to observers, the new trade bloc is expected to act as a common market with a combined gross domestic product of $1.2 trillion with the potential to generate a 25 percent increase in each individual member country’s trade profile over the coming decade.

The agreement includes Egypt and South Africa, among Africa’s wealthiest countries, and some of its poorest including Mozambique and Burundi. The continent’s most powerful economy, Nigeria, located on the continent’s west coast, is not included in the new FTZ. Read more. Source | Global Trade Daily