Professor of international relations and head of the department at Wits University Gilbert Khadiagala says a landmark trade agreement launched by African nations will now allow the continent to 'look inward'.
The African Union (AU) launched the "operational phase" of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) this week after it was signed by Nigeria and Benin's presidents.
Of the 55 AU member countries, 54 have now signed onto the deal, with Eritrea the only holdout.
It is going to benefit the continent because the dream of African integration has been that we need to open our borders, we need to trade with each other and reduce our dependence on trading with the outside world.— Gilbert Khadiagala, Professor - Wits University
It is going now to force us to look inward.— Gilbert Khadiagala, Professor - Wits University
It is a very lengthy process.— Gilbert Khadiagala, Professor - Wits University
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