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FM calls "historic" launch Sunday in Niamey of African Continental Free Trade Area

Foreign Minister khémaies Jhinaoui called "historic" the launch Sunday in Niamey, Niger, of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

Mr. Jhinaoui added: This is a "crucial step on the pathway to economic integration."

 

The FM was tasked by President Béji Caïd Essebsi with leading the Tunisian delegation to works of the 12th Extraordinary African Union Summit on AfCFTA.
This is a move towards achieving "peace ansd prosperity in Africa," the minister said. Tunisia is intent on underpinning continental efforts to implement the free trade zone designed to increase trade and draw investments.
The Tunis-based African Union Institute for Statistics (STATAFRIC) will undoubtedly play a key role in developing the free trade area.
Mr. Jhinaoui had a series of talks, on the fringes of the summit, with heads of African delegations and senior AU officials.
Tunisia, which signed the African Continental Free Trade Agreement in March 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda, started the process of its ratification. 
The coming into force of the agreement, Tunisia's membership of the African Continental Free Trade Area and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and its observer status with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will help strengthen the legal framework of its relations with African countries.
The African Continental Free Trade Area is a continent-wide market of 1.2 billion people.


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