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AfCFTA: Trade’s high stakes and big winnings

By The Africa Report
Posted on Thursday, 15 April 2021 16:17

The African Union (AU) Chairperson and Rwandan President Paul Kagame (1st R) delivers remarks at the 10th Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in Kigali, Rwanda, on 21 March 2018.(Xinhua/Gabriel Dusabe)

“I don’t want anybody to be under the illusion this is going to be easy. It’s going to be difficult, but we’ve got to do it,” Wamkele Mene, secretary general of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) told The Africa Report in February.

In any case, if you are a difficult problem, join the continental queue: demography, climate change, jobs…. Trade is no silver bullet. Nevertheless, the engagement of African leaders to create the AfCFTA is one of the most encouraging efforts at driving development in recent decades.