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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 ***

“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.