Africa: AfCFTA – Africa Readying for Free Trade Come January 2021

December 2, 2020 All Africa 0 Comments

One day in February 2020, Accra-based coffee and cocoa trader Meron Dagnew visited the Secretariat of the new African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to introduce herself, even before the Secretariat was fully operational.

“I couldn’t wait,” she told Africa Renewal in a recent interview “I need free trading in Africa to begin as quickly as possible; it will be so good for my business.”

The AfCFTA Secretariat officially opened in Accra on 17 August 2020, although, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, free trading will now begin on 1st January 2021 instead of the originally scheduled date of 1 July 2020. Read More.

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