Trade Agreements: Africa

Department for International Trade written question – answered at on 10 March 2021.

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Photo of Baroness Kennedy of Cradley Baroness Kennedy of Cradley Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress made by the African Union in delivering the African Continental Free Trade Area.

Photo of Lord Grimstone of Boscobel Lord Grimstone of Boscobel The Minister of State, Department for International Trade, The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The UK welcomes the commencement of trading under the terms of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement on January 1st 2021, and the potential that the AfCFTA offers to significantly boost intra-African trade once it is fully implemented.

The UK has supported the AfCFTA negotiations directly through our African Union Support Programme, providing targeted technical assistance to negotiators.

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