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  • ***Stakeholders in the Lagos Forum for South-West Geopolitical Zone Sensitization and Consultation, support Nigeria’s membership of the AfCFTA, at the same time, welcoming the urgency for radical improvements in economic infrastructure, trade financing and the establishment of AfCFTA monitoring, implementation and coordination *** South-South Sensitization and Consultations Forum unanimously adopt Calabar Communique, endorsing the AFCFTA. Executive Governor Prof. Ben Ayade, states a powerful case for Nigeria's membership of the AFCFTA and accepts the role of "AFCFTA Champion" *** South-East Stakeholders endorse the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area, under the leadership of Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha in Owerri, Imo State. *** National Stakeholders' Sensitization and Consultation on the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) across the six geopolitical zones will be holding in Owerri, South-East zone on the 21st of May, 2018. *** The AfCFTA Stakeholders’ North-Central Forum in Makurdi concludes with a range of views, including, the position that the Agreement would be premature prior to implementation of trade-related complementary policy ***

“100 DAYS TO THE CFTA”- CHIEF NEGOTIATORS RECONFIRM THEIR COMMITMENT TO CONCLUDE NEGOTIATIONS ON THE CFTA BY END OF 2017

The African Union Commission is organizing the Seventh Meeting of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) Negotiating Forum (CFTA-NF) from 02-07 October 2017 in Ethiopia. The Objective of the meeting is to consider the draft Texts of the CFTA Agreement and its Annexes and Appendices proposed by the Technical Working Groups (TWGs). Furthermore, the Chief Negotiators will discuss criteria for designating sensitive products and exclusion list in the modalities for tariff liberalization.

AFRICAN UNION MINISTERS HOLD INFORMAL CONSULTATIONS ON THE MATTER OF RESERVATIONS MADE ON CFTA MODALITIES ON THE LIBERALIZATION OF TRADE IN GOODS

At the backdrop of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly, on 21st September 2017 in the Conference Room of the African Union Permanent Mission in New York (USA), AU Ministers of Trade and Industry from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Malawi, Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe held Informal Consultations on the matter of reservations made on the CFTA Modalities on liberalization of Trade in Goods. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Dr.Okechukwu E. Enelamah, Minister for Trade and Industry of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Chairman of the African Union Ministers responsible for Trade.