Trade Unions want clarity on African free trade deal

More clarification is needed on South Africa's position on the African Continent Free Trade Area, and the US metal tariffs.

Whilst the African Continent Free Trade Area (AFCTFA) has received some positive reception from many AU member states, questions have also been raised as to how the deal may affect South Africa.

Trade unions have asked President Cyril Ramaphosa to give clarity on the agreement and possible impacts.

As yet, South Africa has only signed the declaration, signifying that is it committed to the deal.

It takes into account that, due to legal processes, some member states were not in a position to sign. So we could not sign on March 21, but we do intend to sign the agreement once all the critical components of the agreement have been finalised.

Xolelwa Mlumbi-Peter, Deputy Director-General, Department of Trade and Industry

Mlumbi-Peter says there are a number annexes outstanding, but add that a lot of progress has been achieved.

We have negotiated the annexes but they still have to go through the legal batting process. Once that is done and we have gone through our legal process, we will sign the agreement.

Xolelwa Mlumbi-Peter, Deputy Director-General, Department of Trade and Industry

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