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Africa’s economic transformation: implementing the AfCFTA

Time (GMT +00) 16:30 17:45
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Africa’s economic transformation is a critical component to improve Africa’s living standards, and an increase in intra-Africa trade through the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area supports transformation on the continent.

This event, organised under the programme Supporting Investment and Trade in Africa (SITA), aims to create a space to discuss how the negotiations and implementation of the AfCFTA can contribute to Africa’s economic transformation and better outcomes in key sectors, such as trade, green recovery and digital transformation. During the event, speakers will consider the practical implications for state governments and development partners, highlighting the support available to those involved in its implementation at national level and the key opportunities ahead.

Due to new COVID-19 restrictions in Geneva, and the postponement of the official 12th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC12), the event will be held in online only format at 16:30 - 17:45 GMT/UK time (17:30 - 18:45 CET/ Geneva time).

To find out more about SITA and how the programme contributes to the development goals of African economies and helps African countries negotiate and implement the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), please visit this project page.


  • Dirk Willem te Velde

    Chair - Director of Programme, International Economic Development Group, ODI

  • Hon. Beata Uwamaliza Habyarimana

    Panellist - Minister for Trade and Industry of the Republic of Rwanda

  • Emily Njeri Mburu-Ndoria

    Panellist - Director of Trade in Services, Investment, Intellectual Property Rights and Digital Trade, African Continental Free Trade Area Secretariat

  • Frank Matsaert

    Panellist - Chief Executive Officer of TradeMark East Africa (TMEA)

  • Trudi Hartzenberg

    Panellist - Executive Director of the Trade Law Centre for Southern Africa (TRALAC)