Algeria-Morocco rift another blow to Africa’s free trade aspirations

September 30, 2021 ISS 0 Comments

Algerian Foreign Affairs Minister Ramtane Lamamra’s announcement on 24 August of a new break in diplomatic relations with Morocco is another setback for free trade and free movement on the continent. The rift between the two countries widened last week with Algeria’s ban on Moroccan civilian and military planes flying over its territory.

These developments scupper the African Union’s (AU) plans of seeing a regional economic community (REC) established in North Africa after Morocco rejoined the organisation in 2017. At the time, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI committed to playing a constructive role in the AU and argued for the revival of North Africa’s ailing Arab Maghreb Union. Read More.

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