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AfCFTA launch on 1 January 2021 – what you need to know

Commencement of Trade under AfCFTA: A zoom event will take place between 11am – 12 noon GMT on 1 January 2021, moderated by Mark Eddo. Statements will be made by Presidents Cyril Ramaphosa African Union Chair, Issoufou Mahamadou as Champion, Pres. Nana Akufo Addo as host of the Secretariat and Afrexim bank, ECA and AfroChampions, interspersed with video clips on AfCFTA; the event will be streamed also via Facebook and Youtube.

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission and the Secretary-General of AfCFTA will make statements. The event will be available at – https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sXzsVzExR8eu1Wiw6jKMXQ

Actual shipments will be flagged off by Member States that arrange them throughout the month of January, as part of the build-up to the African Union Feb 2021 Summit. For example, the Hon Minister of Trade of Ghana will flag off shipments from the airport and sea port on Monday 4 January 2021.

Also read: Interview: Mark-Anthony Johnson – AfCFTA, Intra-trading as the future of African economies

Private and public sector initiatives will arrange corridor voyages, to make the point that travelling and trading across borders under the AfCFTA regime has started in earnest. For example, AfroChampions have organised a corridor voyage from Nigeria to Ghana. Also, throughout the month of January, they will undertake a dissemination campaign featuring celebrities, SMEs and members of the public participating in the AfCFTA Vision challenge, i.e their expectations of AfCFTA.

AfCFTA website is already live since yesterday:  https://afcfta.au.int/docroot/en

Special thank you to Jean Bertrand Azapmo for his positive energy.

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