Road to CFTA: African ministers adopt free trade agreement – The New Times

Ministers in charge of trade from across the African continent over the weekend approved the draft African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) agreement ahead of its signing later this month by heads of state.

The ministers convened on Thursday last week to review the draft document.

After reviewing the 250-page draft agreement, the ministers agreed that it factors in concerns and inputs of member states expressed during the negotiation phase.

The draft agreement will then be submitted to ministers of justice from across the continent for further review to ensure the legal consistency.

The ministers of justice will then submit it to ministers of foreign affairs prior to the signing on March 21.

The agreement has been tailored to ensure that it is not in contravention of any international trade…

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