Namugala applauds Africa for Economic Integration efforts

First Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Zambia, Hon Catherine Namugala MP, has said the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement is a remarkable achievement as evidenced by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) comment that, “at a time when trade is questioned in some parts of the World, African Leaders have taken a bold step in favour of trade and Economic Integration of the Continent”.
She stated that, the decision to establish the African Continental Free Trade Area was made during the Eighteenth Assembly of Heads of State and Government in 2012, when the Heads of State and Government decided to establish a Pan-African Continental Free Trade Area by the indicative date of 2017.  The decision was taken as part of  Africa’s efforts towards fast- tracking the continent-wide free trade component of the African Economic Community (AEC), established by the Abuja Treaty of 1991.
Hon Christopher B Yaluma, MP, Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry added that the African Continental Free Trade is critical to Africa and Zambia as it not only entails liberalising trade and services for the whole of Africa but also has the benefit of making Africa into one big market.
Hon Namungala was speaking at Parliament Building on Wednesday 20th February, 2019 during the official opening of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AFCFTA) Sensitization Meeting for Members of Parliament.