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AfCFTA: Action Committee Commences Nationwide Sensitisation

The National Action Committee on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) has commenced a nationwide awareness and sensitisation tour to prepare Nigeria in taking advantage of the AfCFTA agreement.

“The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement presents Africa with a unique opportunity to unleash its economic potential for inclusive growth and sustainable development.

“The agreement will create a single African market of more than a billion consumers with a combined GDP of U$2.5 trillion,” the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations explained.

“It aims to promote agricultural transformation and growth in Africa and contribute to food security, as well as improve competitiveness through regional agricultural value chain development and incentivise critical investments in production and marketing infrastructure,” It added.

According to a statement by the Communication Coordinator of the committee, Zakari Jimeta, the AfCFTA sensitisation tour would kick off from Kaduna State, then to Bauchi State, after which it will be extended to the Federal Capital Territory and all other 34 states of the federation.

The committee is liaising with relevant agencies, to put out the framework for free trading under the AfCFTA agreement, the statement noted.

The Secretary, the National Action Committee on AfCFTA, Francis Anatogu, noted that the committee’s strategy was to work with the states based on their areas of comparative advantages and priorities.

He explained that this strategy would scale up our national export trade and create jobs at the grassroots level.

He said, “The core objective of the AfCFTA is to create a single market for goods, services, and free movement of persons in order to deepen the economic integration of the African continent”.

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