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Women work at a textile factory in Kigali, Rwanda. Women work at a textile factory in Kigali, Rwanda, Aug. 28, 2018 (Photo by Kristin Palitza for dpa via AP Images).

How the African Continental Free Trade Area Can Fulfill Its Potential

Friday, July 19, 2019

Leaders from across Africa gathered in Niamey, the capital of Niger, earlier this month to officially launch the African Continental Free Trade Area, or AfCFTA. The sweeping agreement, which covers 54 out of 55 African Union members, is designed to boost intra-African trade and eventually create a single African market for goods and services. It has been called a potential “game changer” for Africa, but member states must now complete the hard work of implementing the deal and negotiating specific reductions in tariffs and non-tariff barriers to trade. In an email interview with WPR, Trudi Hartzenberg, the executive director of the Trade Law Center in South Africa, discusses the most significant obstacles to the AfCFTA’s implementation and how member states can overcome them.

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