Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 will be remembered as a historic day for Africa’s economic integration, as 44 states signed the Agreement on the African Continental Free Trade Area, opening the path for the creation of the largest single market in the world. It is an incredible milestone for the continent, especially as signatories include both larger and smaller economic markets. The key architects of this ambitious project include AfCFTA’s Champion His Excellency Mahamadou Issoufou, President of the Republic of Niger, His Excellency President Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda and current President of the African Union, the Chairperson of the African Union, His Excellency Mr Moussa Faki and the Commissioner for Trade and Industry Mr Albert Muchanga – and their dedicated teams. There was a lot of pride and emotion during that moment, as we were listening to an acapella version of Asimbonanga in the main Auditorium of the Kigali Convention Center. It was an achievement and at th e same time the start of a new process, i.e. the ratification by all signatories so that the implementation of the various policies can start and make the AfCFTA, the free movement of goods, services and investment an opportunity for Africans.
What does the AfCFTA means for africans? Listen to comments from Michael Kottoh.