- Ethiopian Foreign Minister Envisages AfCFTA to Boost Pan-African Businesses, Opportunities
Ethiopian Foreign Minister Envisages AfCFTA To Boost Pan-African Businesses, Opportunities
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement can get a new momentum in terms of boosting pan-African trade and creating more business opportunities now that the economic growth of the continent and direct foreign investments are on rise, Ethiopian Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew told Sputnik
The AfCFTA, which entered into force on May 31 after being ratified by the necessary threshold of 22 signatories, aims to create a tariff-free pan-African market that will foster intracontinental trade and business development as well as spur industrialization and employment opportunities.
According to the minister, the rapid economic growth and surge of direct foreign investments are an opportune development to further promote the AfCFTA.
"Now every corner of Africa is open for everyone to produce, sell goods and services. That will encourage African business people to move throughout Africa. That will create opportunity," Andargachew said,
He added that despite there being concerns, they were not of unmanageable kind.
AfCFTA was immediately signed by 44 out of 55 African countries when it was launched in Rwanda's capital, Kigali, in March 2018. Nigeria, one of Africa's leading economies, along with Benin, initially refrained but eventually signed it in summer 2019. Eritrea now remains the sole outsider.