Enhancing Africa’s trade performance: towards an effective implementation of AfCFTA - 2nd training session
Announcement in Brief
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement represents the most ambitious project of economic integration in Africa since the creation of the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and it is one of the pillars of the African Union Agenda 2063. Its main objective is to create a single continental market for goods and services, with free movement of people and investments, in order to promote intra-African trade, reduce dependence from foreign markets, improve competitiveness, support economic transformation and pave the way for the establishment of a customs union in Africa.
This second step towards a complete implementation of the AfCFTA agreement will show and deepen the ways in which the agreement itself will affect and effectively multiply the business possibilities through implementing specific business ideas and start-ups and how to present them in seminars, events, and fairs; how SMEs they can benefit from the agreement above all at the inter-regional level; how to use and participate in international tenders.
For the AfCFTA to achieve the laudable goals as well as for effective implementation of PTAs by African countries, capacity building is key. Based on this background, a distance learning programme on effective implementation of AfCFTA is being organized with a view to equip participants mainly policy makers at national, regional and continental levels and private sector stakeholders with relevant knowledge. Two levels of capacity building activities. - public and private sectors are planned. The target countries are eight (8) namely: Angola, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Senegal, Uganda, and Tanzania.
The course aims to build the capacity of African government officials at national, regional and continental levels equip them with the necessary tools to design, negotiate, implement, monitor and evaluate PTA with particular focus on the AfCFTA. In addition, the course intends to build the capacity of the private sector stakeholders in trade with a view to provide them necessary tools to understand the existence and content of the various PTAs and strategize to take advantage.