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3 weeks
Web Based E-Learning

Making The African Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Work

Announcement in Brief

Type : Short Term Course
Programme Area : Trade
Date : 20th Novemberr - 8th December 2023
Duration : 3 Weeks
Language : Bilingual (French / English)
Location : Web Based E-Learning
Fee : Free
Application Deadline : 17th November 2023
Specific target audience : No
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IDEP strongly encourage and supports the participation of suitably qualified female officials in its capacity development and training programme.

Programme Rationale 

The African Continental Free Area (AfCFTA) was officially launched at the 12th Extraordinary Summit of the African Union in Niamey, Niger on July 7, 2019. To date, 54 African states have signed the AfCFTA Agreement, which entered into force on April 29, 2019 when the threshold of 22 countries ratifying the Agreement was reached. Since then, 15 more countries have ratified the Agreement, and several other ratifications are in the pipeline. Thirty member states also signed the Protocol on Free Movement of Persons, Right of Residence and Right of Establishment at the Niamey Summit, signalling a highly symbolic, formal initiative to ease restrictions on the movement of people across African borders.

The AfCFTA Agreement is far from complete. So far, only negotiations on trade in goods and services, and on the settlement of dispute, have been concluded, with the remaining issues – investment, competition policy, intellectual property rights, and e-commerce – meant to be delved into in the next phase of the negotiations. Nevertheless, the launch of the AfCFTA marks an important milestone in Africa’s long and rather strenuous history of regional integration, going at least as far back as the Abuja Treaty of 1991, which envisaged an African Economic Community as the culmination of the integration process. A key objective of the AfCFTA is to create a single pan-African market for goods and services along with free movement of business persons and of capital.


At the end of this online course, participants should be able to:

  • Appreciate the role that regional integration could play in Africa’s economic growth and development;
  • Understand the arduous process leading to the AfCFTA, and the way forward;
  • A full appreciation of the value of integrated and holistic public policymaking;
  • Recall and understand key provisions of the AfCFTA agreement and its protocols;
  • Critically assess what it would take for the AfCFTA to deliver on its promises;
  • Evaluate the likely impacts of the AfCFTA — both in terms of gains and losses — on their respective country; 
  • Comprehend the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on continental integration efforts and consider how the AfCFTA could provide opportunities for economies to build back better;
  • Recommend, as part of a country AfCFTA strategy, measures that their government could take to leverage the opportunities arising from the AfCFTA and mitigate any short-term costs;
  • Explain the fundamentals of the AfCFTA and its potential impacts to other interested parties.

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