“Africa is on the cusp of something great” IATF boss says of AfCFTA

“Africa is on the cusp of something great” IATF boss says of AfCFTA

The Managing Director of Afreximbank’s Intra Africa Trade Fair (IATF), Kanayo Awani, has lauded the political enthusiasm and leadership that’s driving implementation of the continent’s integration agenda.

According to her, the strategic partnerships that are being built around the AfCFTA across the public and private sectors suggest the agenda has come to stay.

She expressed that the various tools and innovations being rolled out by critical stakeholders of the single market will be better outdoored at the fair, and that will greatly propel actualisation of the continental agenda.

Ms. Awani further indicated that the upcoming third edition to be held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, will be the rallying point for business connectivity and lasting partnerships for efficient trading under the AfCFTA.

“The AfCFTA’s success will be hinged on its effective implementation, but how do we practicalise it? The main agenda of this agreement is to grow intra-Africa trade and ensure that Africans are trading among themselves.

“The trade fair is a platform that gives African businesses and policymakers a snapshot of this huge market. It was conceived to address the challenges that are inhibiting the growth of trade within Africa – which is the lack of access to markets and trade information,” she told Single African Market.

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