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The AfCFTA Launch in January 2021 Confirmed and S-G discusses Investment in Africa with Amazon and Google

South African President and African Union chairman, Cyril Ramaphosa, called on the continent’s Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to prepare to start trading under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement effective from 1 January 2021

Readers will recall that negotiations on Phase 3 of the AfCFTA starts in January 2021 and include the regulatory framework that will be used for the digital trade (ie ecommerce) aspects of AfCFTA. EFA is active on this issue. For more information please contact me, [email protected]

Meanwhile, the Secretary-General of the African Continental Free Trade Area,( AfCFTA), Wamkele Mene, has reported that Google and Amazon have approached the Secretariat to discuss investment in AfCFTA.

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Alastair Tempest

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