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New free trade area deal to scale up Africa's economic integration

Published on June 22, 2015

The 19th century British colonialist Cecil Rhodes’ dream of unifying Africa from “Cape to Cairo’ was not too far-fetched after all.

In a poetic sense, tinged with a dash of de ja vu, this dream was fulfilled with the launch of the Tripartite Free Trade Area Agreement (TFTA), in the idyllic Egyptian city of Sharm el Sheikh on the Red Sea when 26 African Heads of State endorsed an economic integration plan for the continent on a scale never witnessed before.

The new trade arrangement, signed on Wednesday, June 10, was described by president Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe as creating a “borderless continent”. Read more. Source | New times