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  • ***The African Union is holding a Signaling Conference on the 2nd-3rd of September in South Africa. The Signalling Conference for Services was Nigeria's idea, as Chairman of the Negotiating Forum (NF) *** The Signaling Conference would be a two-day event where African countries will present market access opening for trade in service. Nigeria shall be participating at the Services Signaling Conference, with representatives from operators in Nigeria's Services Sector and the Nigerian Coalition of Services Industries (NCSI) *** Kenya and Côte d’Ivoire now join Nigeria as the African countries participating in the WTO E-commerce Initiative, following the launch of negotiations in Davos on 25th January 2019.  Nigerian Chief Trade Negotiator, Ambassador Osakwe commended Kenya and Côte d’Ivoire saying: “Congratulations to Kenya and Côte d’Ivoire for their foresight and positive engagement. You can only influence and decide on rules, if you are at the negotiating table. Nigeria looks forward to collaborating with both countries in the Ecommerce Initiative and associated negotiations” *** Le ZLECAF est en marche. L'Afrique est en marche. M. Waoti Seydou Toure, le negociateur en chef du Cote d'Ivoire et un ami du Nigeria, donne un coup de pousse du ZLECAF. Ambassador Osakwe, negociateur en chef du Nigeria felicites le Cote d'ivoire pour leur contributions aux lancement du ZLECAF *** Le ZLECAF est en marche. L'Afrique est en marche. M. Waoti Seydou Toure, le negociateur en chef du Cote d'Ivoire et un ami du Nigeria, donne un coup de pousse du ZLECAF. Ambassador Osakwe, negociateur en chef du Nigeria felicites le Cote d'ivoire pour leur contributions aux lancement du ZLECAF ***

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.