African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)
Announced at Summit, 22 Oct 2008, by F-XD6196 - East African Community (EAC), F-XF2522 - Southern African Development Community (SADC) and F-XF3162 - Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), to gather 26 African countries within one zone. May 2012, idea was extended to also F-XD3462 - Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), D-XD4308 - Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and F-XF1048 - Arab Maghreb Union (AMU). At summit of D-XD8572 - African Union (AU), 2015, negotiations launched to create a free trade zone. African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) signed 21 Mar 2018, Kigali (Rwanda) and entered into force, 30 May 2019. Operational phase launched 7 Jul 2019. Secretariat officially commissioned and handed over to African Union, Aug 2020.
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