Supporting the AfCTFA.

Position:Focus on COMESA - African Continental Free Trade Area

The signing of the AfCTFA agreement in March opened the way for the establishment of a continental single market in Africa. COMESA played an active supporting role in the negotiations that led to this landmark accord.

COMESA was an active partner in the negotiations that led to the signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement in March 2018. The agreement opens the way to establishing an African single market encompassing 1.2bn people.

The African Union (AU) Assembly established a special structure, the Continental Task Force, made up of the AU Commission and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to support the AfCFTA negotiations, and COMESA was an important contributor its meetings. COMESA also worked closely with and supported the AUC in the AfCFTA negotiations by providing written and other guidance. In the drafting of the Framework Agreement, COMESA developed, circulated and presented to the AfCFTA meeting a technical paper on infant industries. This presentation was eventually used as the basis for finalisation of the guidelines on infant industries.

On a continuous basis, and working closely with its partners in the Tripartite Free Trade Area--the East African Community (EAC) and Southern African Development Community...

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