3 Jun 2019
Africa’s potential ‘born digital’ trade agreement
Article by Craig Atkinson, Consultant, International Trade Centre and Visiting Research Fellow, World Trade Institute in International Trade Forum 6/2019 p28
"The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement, presently signed by 52 African Union (AU) member states, is remarkable in its geographic coverage and ambition to create a single market for the continent. The agreement’s extensive protocols will cover trade in goods, trade in services, investment, competition and intellectual property rights.
Following its ratification by the Gambia in April 2019, the agreement is now set to shift the nature of economic relations in the region: intra-African trade is expected to rise by more than 50%. The AfCFTA also has the potential to be innovative in its conception as a 21st century arrangement and become the world’s first ‘born digital’ trade agreement. "
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