Advancing the intra-African Trade Agenda by implementing the Tripartite FTA

Written by Gerhard Erasmus 6 June 2019 No comments

The launch of the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) in June 2015 carried the signs of a new approach towards intra-African trade and integration. It was subsequently followed in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) negotiations. Although the initial promise of the TFTA to integrate the three participating Regional Economic Communities (RECs) into one arrangement proved to be too ambitious, a new negotiating model was adopted. Trade in services and other trade-related disciplines were included in the suite of proposed TFTA legal instruments. There is also a plan for aligning the agendas of the three participating RECs.

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