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Kick-starting the African Continental Free Trade Area

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Wednesday, 27 May 2020


African leaders should not let the socio-economic crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic go to waste. Faizel Ismail makes the case that the crisis provides an opportunity for African countries to kick-start the African Continental Free Trade Area. They could start off by accelerating intra-regional trade by, among others, focusing on the manufacturing products of the greatest need during the health crisis. They could also focus on building regional value chains to drive industrialisation, improve infrastructure and strengthen good governance and ethical leadership.

Jabulani Sikhakhane

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