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  • China (Henan) Pilot Free Trade Zone

    China (Henan) Pilot Free Trade Zone was formally approved by the State Council on August 31, 2016. It covers an area of 119.77 square kms, including 73.17 square kms in Zhengzhou, 19.94 square kms in Kaifeng and 26.66 square kms in Luoyang.

    March25,2019


  • Tunisia to become member of major African common market

    Tunisia will officially join the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) at an upcoming summit, Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.

    July18,2018


  • UK publishes new Brexit white paper seeking free trade area with EU

    The British government on Thursday published a long-awaited white paper on Brexit, seeking to create a free trade area with European Union (EU).

    July13,2018


  • Niger ratifies agreement on African continental free trade area

    Niger has deposited document with the African Union (AU) for the country's ratification of the agreement that establishes the African continental free trade area (AfCFTA).

    June11,2018


  • UN official says China could help Africa in continental free trade area

    A UN offcial said on Wednesday that China could play a role in helping Africa achieve benefits of the Continental Free Trade Area.

    May24,2018


  • S. African cabinet approves continental free trade agreement

    The South African cabinet has approved the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) agreement that establishes the common market for Eastern and Southern Africa, East African Community and Southern African Development Community.

    May14,2018


  • Rwandan lower house ratifies treaty establishing African Continental Free Trade Area

    Rwanda's lower house, Chamber of Deputies, on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill approving ratification of the treaty establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

    April25,2018


  • Kenya's Cabinet approves Africa free trade treaty for ratification

    Kenya's Cabinet on Tuesday approved the Africa Continental Free Trade (AfCFTA) treaty for ratification.

    March28,2018


  • AU targets to ensure effective implementation of continental free trade area within one year

    The African Union (AU) targets to start implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) within a year, AU Commissioner for Trade and Industry Albert Muchanga has said.

    March23,2018


  • UN chief: African free trade agreement important to SDGs

    United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the singing of a continental free trade agreement in Africa "is an important step towards achieving the SDGs and delivering on the African agenda of peace and prosperity."

    March23,2018


  • Zambia says not ready for some protocols of continental free trade agreement

    Zambia did not sign the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) as it was still conducting internal negotiations on some protocols in the agreement, a Zambian official said Thursday.

    March23,2018


  • What are challenges facing Africa's "historic" free trade agreement?

    African leaders on Wednesday signed the agreement to establish the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), but officials and experts said challenges including poor infrastructure and protection of local industries could face the deal's enforcement.

    March23,2018


  • Africa expects win-win situation with partners through free trade: AU chairman

    Africa expects to have a win-win situation with its partners through the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Chairman of the African Union (AU) and Rwandan President Paul Kagame said on Wednesday.

    March22,2018


  • Nigerian gov't says yet to understand continental free trade agreement

    The Nigerian government said on Wednesday it has not signed the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement because it is still reviewing the proposal.

    March22,2018


  • African countries sign agreement establishing continental free trade area

    Forty-four African countries on Wednesday signed an agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda.

    March22,2018


  • Continental free trade area to help Africa weather international changes: UN official

    The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will help Africa to weather international changes in the developed world and multilateral trading system, a UN official said on Monday in Rwanda's capital city Kigali.

    March20,2018


  • AU highlights importance of African continental free trade area

    Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat on Monday stressed the importance of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda.

    March20,2018


  • AU expects cooperation with China on free trade area

    The African Union (AU) is looking forward to work with China and other partners outside Africa as the continent focus on realizing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), an African Union (AU) official said.

    March20,2018


  • African envoys hail free trade area for boosting trade

    African ambassadors to the African Union (AU) have stressed importance of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to intra-African trade on the sidelines of an ongoing AU extraordinary summit.

    March19,2018


  • Africa to benefit from Continental Free Trade Area, challenges remain--minister

    The envisaged African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will benefit Africa in terms of business and industrialization, although operational challenges remain, a Rwandan official said Wednesday.

    March16,2018


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