AU launches landmark trade agreement

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

Click on the link below to hear the full discussion...


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
KFC couple asks for time as they deliberate on wedding plans

KFC couple asks for time as they deliberate on wedding plans

The man who proposed at KFC says the outpouring of love and support has left him and his partner speechless.

Interviews for Deputy PP well underway

Interviews for Deputy PP well underway

Eight candidates were nominated from a list of 19 individuals.

Unions and SAA at loggerheads over planned restructuring process

Unions and SAA at loggerheads over planned restructuring process

Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola and SAA interim chief financial officer Deon Fredericks discuss looming retrenchments.

Racist Adam Catzavelos will now start negotiations to stay out of jail

Racist Adam Catzavelos will now start negotiations to stay out of jail

The case against Adam Catzavelos is going ahead; plea bargain negotiations are about to start, says the NPA's Phindi Mjonondwane.

KFC couple to make announcement soon on 'national wedding'

KFC couple to make announcement soon on 'national wedding'

KFC director of public affairs Zinhle Modiselle says they have met with the couple and they are in talks with their families.

Bonginkosi Madikizela says DA leadership position not completely off the table

Bonginkosi Madikizela says DA leadership position not completely off the table

The Democratic Alliance Western Cape leader says he is stepping back for now.

Popular articles
[WATCH] 'Fourth industrial revolution' braai has social media talking

[WATCH] 'Fourth industrial revolution' braai has social media talking

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

[WATCH] Pre-school class erupts as boy returns from RWC, goes viral

[WATCH] Pre-school class erupts as boy returns from RWC, goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

We’ll shut you down! – unions to SAA ('overstaffed by any measure globally’)

We’ll shut you down! – unions to SAA ('overstaffed by any measure globally’)

The money-pit airline is fighting for its life. Bruce Whitfield interviews Theto Mahlakoana, a senior political reporter at EWN.

'KZN ideal tornado climate, but no evidence it's consequence of climate change'

'KZN ideal tornado climate, but no evidence it's consequence of climate change'

Wits University's Global Institute climate modeller professor Francois Engelbrecht explains why a storm hit the area on Tuesday.

'Drought is so bad that farmers are taking own lives'

'Drought is so bad that farmers are taking own lives'

South African Water Warriors co-convenor Isabel Coetzee says the country cannot sit back and lose farmers because of the crises.

[WATCH] Gay teen fights back against school bully as teachers do nothing

[WATCH] Gay teen fights back against school bully as teachers do nothing

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

'Aarto Act could be used by Sanral to enforce e-toll compliance'

'Aarto Act could be used by Sanral to enforce e-toll compliance'

Justice Project SA chair Howard Dembovsky says the act presumes a motorist to be guilty until he or she proves they are innocent.

[VIDEO] Family saved from being hit by speeding SUV goes viral

[VIDEO] Family saved from being hit by speeding SUV goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.