Objectives of AfCFTA

Updated: Dec 3, 2021

  • Create a single market for goods, services, facilitated by movement of persons in order to deepen the economic integration of the African continent and in accordance with the Pan African Vision of “An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa” enshrined in Agenda 2063;

  • Create a liberalized market for goods and services through successive rounds of negotiations;

  • Contribute to the movement of capital and natural persons and facilitate investments building on the initiatives and developments in the State Parties and RECs;

  • Lay the foundation for the establishment of a Continental Customs Union at a later stage;

  • Promote and attain sustainable and inclusive socio-economic development, gender equality and structural transformation of the State Parties;

  • Enhance the competitiveness of the economies of State Parties within the continent and the global market;

  • Promote industrial development through diversification and regional value chain development, agricultural development and food security; and

  • Resolve the challenges of multiple and overlapping memberships and expedite the regional and continental integration processes.

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