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Africa Urged to Push Ahead With the Continental Free Trade Area

The continent seeks to meet its October 2017 deadline for the implementation of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA), which is expected to bring together fifty-four African countries with a combined population of more than one billion people and a combined gross domestic product of more than US $3.4 trillion. The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)'s Coordinator, David Luke, of the African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC), reiterated that "boosting intra-African trade through the CFTA is ... crucial to accelerating structural transformation in Africa." More on the ECA in this BRIEFING

The African Union Assembly launched the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) negotiations during the 25th Ordinary Summit of Head of States and Governments on 15 June 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa.



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