A continental trade bloc could transform Africa’s economies

Trade between African countries is fragmented, making economies ofscale hard to achieve. A planned 55-country free-trade area promises much-needed integration. An ambitious pan-African economic bloc- the AfricanContinental FreeTrade Area (AfCFTA)- was launched on 21 March at an African Union (AU)summit in Kigali, Rwanda. If it takes shape as envisaged, AfCFTA will comprise all55 AU members, …

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