Africa's Free Trade Deal 'Could Be A Reality by March 2019'

The agreement on the African Continental Free Trade Area has the potential to boost intra-African trade and support economic development. The Institute for Security Studies interviews Carlos Lopes on progress being made with the deal. Lopes is a professor at the University of Cape Town, a member of Rwandan President Paul Kagame's African Union reform advisory team and former executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

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African Union chair and Rwandan President Paul Kagame, President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, and the chair of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat unveil a plaque marking the launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area at the Kigali Convention Centre on March 21, 2018.

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