CAIRO – The 7th Meeting of African Ministers of Trade opened Wednesday in Cairo with Minister of Commerce Said Djellab.
The agenda for this meeting, which is held Wednesday and Thursday in the Egyptian capital, includes the consideration of a statement on the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other issues related to the international trade and the modalities of tariff liberalization.
There is also discussion of the rules of origin and hybrid products, the development of a roadmap for the finalization of outstanding work on the negotiations of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (African Continental Free Trade Agreement – AFCFTA) and review of the guidelines that were the subject of the legal audit for the implementation of the trade remedies.
In addition to the African Ministers of Commerce, this meeting also brings together representatives of UN organizations such as the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) , as well as those of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the African Export / Import Bank (Afreximbank).
Organized on the sidelines of the first edition of the Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF), held in Cairo from December 11 to 17, the meeting of African trade ministers will be sanctioned by recommendations to strengthen cooperation between African countries.
As a reminder, Mr. Djellab leads the Algerian delegation composed of the leaders of 38 companies exhibiting at the 1st edition of the intra-African Trade Fair which brings together 1,200 companies from African countries.
The aim of this fair is to stimulate intra-African trade and support the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA), whose agreement was signed in March 2018 by 44 heads of state and African governments at the AU Extraordinary Summit in Kigali, Rwanda.