Ouyahia in Kigali to partake in AU extraordinary summit on AfCFTA

March 21st, 2018

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APS : Tuesday, 20 March 2018

KIGALI- Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia arrived Tuesday afternoon in Kigali, Rwanda, to represent President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika at the African Union extraordinary summit,
which will be devoted to the official launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
Ouyahia is accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdelkader Messahel and Minister of Trade Mohamed Benmeradi.
Kigali’s AU extraordinary summit, convened by Rwandese President Paul Kagame, AU’s current chairperson, will culminate in the signing of an agreement on the AfCFTA and a protocol on the free movement of people and African passport.
The AfCFTA would include the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC), the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) and the Community of Sahel-Saharan States.
This project is among the top priorities in the AU Agenda 2063, which provides for a new vision for Africa’s development over the five coming decades.