President Ramaphosa leads South Africa's delegation to AU Summit

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa is leading South Africa's delegation to the African Union’s 10th Extraordinary Summit in Kigali.

African leaders are gathered in the Rwandan capital to consider the legal instruments of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCTA) and also launch the agreement officially to establish the treaty.

AFCTA is aimed at deepening African economic integration, promoting agricultural development, food security, industrialization and structural economic transformation through single-air continental transport market with free movement of persons, capital, goods and services.

Pretoria said it is committed to the establishment of an AFCFTA that will boost intra-Africa trade in accordance with the aspirations of the African Union’s Agenda 2063.

Ramaphosa is expected to deliver a statement to the Summit in his capacity as chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has said he will not be in Rwanda to sign the AFCFTA agreement designed to promote commerce among African countries.

This is because of the Federal Government’s inability to reach a domestic consensus on the agreement.
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21 march 2018 11:45:25

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