2021 will be the year for free inter-African trade as more than 50 economies- from Algeria to South Africa – will be brought together under an ambitious plan. The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) kicks in on January first. It was supposed to become technically operational months ago, but the launch was delayed by complications blamed on the coronavirus pandemic and the slow pace of negotiations. The pact has been signed and ratified by all 55 African Union states except Eritrea. But experts warn it could take a while before the benefits are felt. Read More.