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Launch of AfCFTA Guided Trade Initiative

AfCFTA Guided Trade Initiative was officially launched on 7th October 2022 in Accra by the AfCFTA secretariat. The Guided Trade Initiative intends to achieve its goal through matchmaking businesses and products for export and import between interested State Parties in coordination with their national AfCFTA implementation committees.

The specific objectives of the AfCFTA Guided Trade Initiative are:

  1. to allow commercially meaningful trading under the AfCFTA;
  2. to test the operational, institutional, legal and trade policy environment under the AfCFTA; and
  3. to send an important positive message to the African economic operators.

The initiative will also prompt state parties to start issuing AfCFTA trading documents including certificates of origin, importer as well as exporter declaration forms and ensure that their customs laws and systems are aligned to the AfCFTA requirements. The initiative has attracted participation of eight (8) State Parties – Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Rwanda, Tanzania and Tunisia. The products earmarked to trade under the AfCFTA Guided Trade Initiative include: Ceramic Tiles; batteries, tea, coffee, processed meat products, corn starch, sugar, pasta, glucose syrup, dried fruits, and sisal Fibre, amongst others, in line with the AfCFTA focus on value chain development.

The expected outcome of the Initiative is increased opportunities for SMEs, Youth and Women in trade and ultimately establishing sustainable and inclusive economic development.

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