Africa’s New Free Trade Area Will Require a ‘Multidecade Process’ to Implement

Africa’s New Free Trade Area Will Require a ‘Multidecade Process’ to Implement
A container ship at the port in San Pedro, Ivory Coast, Oct. 1, 2010 (AP photo by Marco Chown Oved).

Editor’s Note: Every Friday, Andrew Green curates the top news and analysis from and about the African continent. Subscribers can adjust their newsletter settings to receive Africa Watch by email every week. Africa rang in the New Year with the official launch of a new, continent-wide free trade zone. The African Continental Free Trade Area, or AfCFTA, aims to bring 1.3 billion people into a $3.4 trillion economic bloc, creating a single market for goods and services that could significantly boost intra-African trade and investment. However, implementation of the agreement is expected to be slow, as experts and officials from […]

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