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Understanding the importance of the Tripartite Free Trade Area

Published on June 18, 2015

Promoting intra-regional trade has long been a priority item for African policymakers.  Over time, regional integration arrangements have proliferated all over the continent, often creating a confusing mixture of overlapping, sometimes incompatible, preferential trade regimes.  The Tripartite Free Trade Area(TFTA), which was officially launched on June 10, goes some way towards addressing these issues by bringing together three of Africa’s major regional economic communities—the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the East African Community (EAC), and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). Read more. Source | Brookings