Sipho Mbele: Invitation to Chatham House – “Implementing the African Continental Free Trade Area  (AfCFTA): Priorities and prospects”.

Chatham House invitation to attend a virtual engagement on “Implementing the African Continental Free Trade Area  (AfCFTA)- Priorities and prospects”.

The Progressive Citizens Forum (PCF) has received an  invitation from the London-based Africa Programme of Chatham House, among the most highly regarded independent policy institutes for international dialogue,  to participate at a virtual meeting on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to be addressed by the Secretary-General of the AfCFTA. H E  Wamkele Mene.

The event details are as following:

Date:    Tuesday 29 March 2022

Time:   15.00 – 16.00 (SA Time)

Title:    “Implementing the African Continental Free Trade Area: Priorities and Prospects”.

Speaker: HE Wamkele Mene, Secretary-General, African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat

Chair:   Jonathan Rosenthal, Africa Editor, The Economist

The Secretary General of the AfCFTA, HE Wamkele Mene, , will discuss the progress of the African Continental Free Trade Area, including the implementation challenges and priorities in Phase II negotiations.

How are Phase II negotiations progressing and what are the main challenges in developing new protocols?

How is the relationship between the AfCFTA and regional economic communities (RECs) evolving?

What is the role of the AfCFTA in shaping Africa’s external trading relationships?

What are the main policy priorities for the AfCFTA to support climate resilience and inclusive growth across African countries?”

We wish to extend an invitation to our subscribers to participate in this event.

The event will also be broadcast live on the Chatham House website and Africa Programme Facebookpage. 

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