Vision of an African Economic Community
Progressive approach to regional integration in Africa, the establishment of Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and a plan for creating an African Economic Community by 2028 (Albert, 2019)
Vision of an African Economic Community at the African Union’s 18th Session in Addis Ababa
AU adopts Action Plan to oost intra-African trade
at the 50 TH Anniversary of the Organisation of African Unity
relating to the Free Movement of Persons, Right to Residence and Right to Establishment.
In Kigali, Rwanda
Signed by 44 heads of state and governments
Only one year and ten days after its signing, the threshold of 22 countries required for the entry into force of the agreement, was reached. The timelines of this ratification process are unprecedented in the AU history.
30 days after the 22-country ratification threshold
Nigeria has done much to encourage local manufacturing and expansion of agriculture in the countryConcerned that low-priced goods will flood the market.
Finally signed the agreement on 7 July 2019 – big boost for AfCFTA as they represent the biggest economy
during the 12th Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Niamey, Niger
Aat the 33rd Ordinary African Union Assembly, supported by:
International Trade Disrupted
AU Head of State and Government urged Member States to prepare national strategies for utilizing and benefiting from the AfCFTA
Agreement comes into force before negotiations have been concluded!
For political reasons - creates momentum and may sustain momentum
Opportunity for trade unions to influence negotiations
The AfCFTA enterprise must accommodate the aspirations of all stakeholders in new debates and decisions about social and labour issues in the process of negotiating an inclusive Continental Free Trade Area.
The AfCFTA Protocol on Investment provides a unique opportunity to make intra-African investment work for women.
The trade union movement in Africa is working to adopt strategies that can promote developmental outcomes of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement. Here are some key messages emerging from our work so far.
The Intellectual Property (IP) rights under the African Continental Free Trade Area will offer us the opportunity to recognise the economic value in promoting Geographical Indications through IP instruments.
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will regulate tariffs and other trade restrictions between member states. Here’s how it could impact Namibia’s economy, workers and the role of unions.
The implications of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTFA) on job creation and the decent work agenda in countries.