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  • ***NOTN delegation participates in the G20 Trade and Investment Working Group (TIWG) meeting where delegates, discussed current issues in international trade including digital trade, with a view to developing a consensus draft Ministerial Statement on Trade and Investment for the G20 Ministers of Trade and Digital Economy meeting scheduled to hold in June 2019 *** NOTN delegation also participated in the T20-G20 roundtable and gained further research-based insights from the T20 policy briefs and recommendations on digital trade, WTO reforms as well as trade and investment for sustainable and inclusive growth *** NOTN circulates approved draft market access schedule of concession on trade in goods as a basis for the ECOWAS draft schedule for AfCFTA *** NOTN initiates process of consultative engagement with stakeholders on AfCFTA Phase II negotiations on Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs). Stakeholders commenced with identification of negotiating priorities *** Stakeholders agree that the safeguard of the IP of Right Holders remains critical to Nigeria’s economic growth, export of Nigeria’s soft power, modernization of the economy and job creation. ***

“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.