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Presidential Committee on African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) meets in

The Presidential Committee charged with the responsibility of widening consultations on the framework Agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) met in a closed session at its second meeting, today (Tuesday, June 19, 2018). The meeting was co-chaired by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah and his Foreign Affairs Counterpart, Geoffrey Onyeama, with Ambassador Chiedu Osakwe, Chief Negotiator and DG NOTN as its Secretary. At the closed door meeting today, the DG of NOTN was invited to report the feedback from the stakeholders’ sensitization and consultation across Nigeria’s 6 geopolitical zones; and, with industry, sector-specific groups, labour, think thanks and civil society; and, to exchange views on the draft report that will be sent to Mr. President. It would be recalled that the AfCFTA Presidential Committee initially met on 4th April, 2018 during which itreviewed the Substance of the AfCFTA and received an update on the legal status of the AfCFTA. Speaking at the event today, Minister Enelamah commended the efforts of Amb. Osakwe and his team and stated that the Committee will continue to consult. At today’s meeting, a technical drafting group led by Ambassador Osakwe was mandated by Minister Enelamah and Foreign Affairs Minister, Onyeama to finalize the draft report this week.