Entries by Hanin Abdulrazzaq

AfCFTA Implementation Pushed to January

The executive secretary of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), has proposed to African heads of state that trading under this framework starts in January 2020, according to an official. Trading under the AfCFTA agreement was due to commence on July 1, 2020, but as a result of the Covid-19 global pandemic, this date […]

Afreximbank, ITC partner to boost intra-African trade.

Ahead of the operational launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement, Afreximbank has partnered with the International Trade Centre (ITC) to train small-business owners and young entrepreneurs on the continent on boosting intra-African trade. The training programme tagged, ‘How to Export within the AfCFTA’, is being launched as the new free-trade area […]

AfCFTA will push on even if virus second-wave hits, says Wamkele Mene, Secretary General (AfCFTA)

AfCFTA secretariat will develop necessary public-health protocols to implement the deal and revive economic growth in Africa An Africa free-trade agreement is unlikely to face any further delays even if a second wave of coronavirus infections hits the region, according to the deal’s top official. “If the pandemic continues into 2021, we will develop the […]

Kenya pushes US trade deal despite continental outcry.

Kenya is proceeding with Free Trade Agreement talks with the US despite opposition by a section of African countries and  the East African Community (EAC) bloc. On Wednesday evening, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Kenya’s Industry and Trade Cabinet Secretary Betty Maina formally launched the talks. The government is pushing to secure a free […]

Cameroon plans to create an export promotion agency to capitalize on the soon to be launched AfCFTA

Cameroon currently plans to create an export promotion agency to capitalize on the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) being created. This was revealed during the audience granted by Trade Minister Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana to Antonio Pedro, Director of the UNECA’s sub-regional office in Central Africa, on June 25 in Yaoundé. “It is imperative […]

AfCFTA Africa’s plan to ride out crippling coronavirus crisis, says Dr. Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary (UNECA)

Africa does not need a Marshall Plan to ride out the ongoing coronavirus crisis. It has a more powerful tool in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to use in accelerating regional and economic integration and prepare for uncertain times. This was said Tuesday by Ms. Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission […]

Partial Resumption of Internet

As of July 15th, Ethiopia has resumed it ‘s internet connection through WIFI only. Until full restoration The Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry Secretariat Office, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is available only during working hours at GMT+3.   Questions for reflection. How can the private sector be involved in peace building ? […]