Policymakers from 54 African countries have been negotiating for 17 years to increase inter-trade among themselves. Finally, in July 2019, the African Continental Freedom Association was signed. However, the implementation of the agreement was stuck in the hands of Corona. Finally, on the first day of the new year, the journey to Africa started in the country’s largest free trade area. 75 percent. As a result of the introduction of this zone, the inter-trade between African countries is expected to increase by about 15 to 25 percent.
The World Bank says the inter-trade agreement will lift about 10 million people out of poverty in Africa. Ghanaian President Nana Afuye Addie has expressed outrage over the inter-trade agreement.
“I am overwhelmed by the introduction of this free trade zone. With the birth of a new Africa, this agreement will make Africa self-sufficient,” said African President Nana Afufe.
Wamkeley, secretary general of the African Containers Freight Association Agreement, hopes the trade zone will reduce dependence on the global supply chain.
Wamkeley, secretary general of the ACFT’s secretariat, added that Kovid19 proved that Africa was overly dependent on the global supply chain for its daily exports. When the global supply chain is disrupted, it has a negative impact on Africa.
However, the biggest obstacle to the implementation of this trade agreement is the weak infrastructure, including the fragile roads of the African continent. Member countries need to pay joint attention to road reform.
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