AfCTA: $450bn Potential Income Gains At Stake – Osinbajo

September 10, 2021 The Tide News 0 Comments

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says there is a potential income gain of up to 450 billion dollars from the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, said the vice president spoke virtually at the closing of the 2021 Conference of African Insurance Practitioners.
He said that amidst monumental challenges posed by climate change, particularly energy transition and related issues, the coming decade anchored on AfCFTA offered great opportunities for Africa’s socio-economic transformation.
Osinbajo urged African insurance practitioners to leverage opportunities in the AfCFTA,
“Every smart economic grouping, whether governments or businesses, must be thinking, planning and strategising for these new times.
“The free trade agreement presents a major opportunity for African countries, as the  theme of conference is, “Rebuilding Africa’s Economy: An Insurance Perspective”.
“By some estimates, if we get it right, we can bring several millions out of extreme poverty and raise the incomes of 68 million others who live on less than 5.50 dollars per day.
“There are potential income gains of up to 450 billion dollars, and just cutting red tape and simplifying customs procedures alone could drive up to 250 billion dollars of that sum.” Read More.

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