Road to AfCFTA: South African President expected in Kigali

President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead a South African delegation to the 10th Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) in Kigali scheduled to take place on 21 March 2018.
President Kagame and President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa during their meeting on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos in January. (Courtesy photo)
President Kagame and President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa during their meeting on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos in January. (Courtesy photo)

President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead a South African delegation to the 10th Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) in Kigali scheduled to take place on 21 March 2018.

This was confirmed in a statement from the South African Presidency.
 
The AU session is preceded by an Extraordinary Session of the Executive Council that started Monday with aim of considering the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Legal instruments and launch the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area.
 
The Summit, which will be chaired by President Paul Kagame, who is the current chairperson of the AU, is expected to consider and conclude issues related to the AfCFTA and adopt the Agreement on the Establishment of the AfCFTA.
 
“South Africa is committed to the establishment of an AfCFTA that will boost intra-Africa trade in accordance with the aspirations of the African Union’s Agenda 2063,” reads part of the statement from the South African Presidency.
 
According to the statement, President Ramaphosa will be accompanied by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu, Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies and Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Gratitude Magwanishe.

 

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