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Ethiopian govt draws roadmap towards ratifying Africa free trade deal.

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Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed, has stated that the government is ready to ratify the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) deal and deposit its instruments to the African Union.

Ethiopia he said was ready to follow the move by Ghana and neighbouring Kenya – who became the first countries to submit their documents to the A.U. last week. He further encouraged other countries to do same.

 



Whiles lauding the AfCFTA, Abiy described the deal as key to the continent’s development through creation of employment for its citizens. Ensuring diversification and the collective well being of especially women and the youth.

Abiy was speaking during an event organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). The Addis Ababa based commission is holding its 51st Session of Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development.

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It forms part of wider consultations on the historic deal that was signed by presidents and government leaders in Kigali, Rwanda.

Other speakers at the event are ECA Executive Secretary, Vera Songwe, deputy Chairperson of the A.U. Commission, Kwesi Quartey and head of U.N. Habitat, Maimunah Mohammed Sharif. Representatives of other international finance institutions and governments are also at the event.

The AfCFTA is one of the biggest free trade bloc in the world, maybe only behind the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The signing of the AfCFTA by heads of governments and or their representatives is only a step in chasing an ambitious dream of uniting Africa at the level of commerce.

Experts and watchers say, the real work is yet to take off, all things being equal. The fact that after all this while, some countries decided to hold on to ratification is not as much a setback but speaks to the challenges that lay ahead.

  • 1. The AfCFTA was signed in Kigali, Rwanda under the theme: ‘Creating one African Market.’

  • 2. If all nations come on board, it will bring together 1.2 billion people

  • 3. The estimated combine Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the pact is over $2.5 trillion

  • 4. In terms of participating countries, it will be world’s largest free trading bloc, second round of negotiating is expected in December 2018

  • 5. It is part of the bigger Agenda 2063 being championed by the African Union (A.U.)

  • 6. The AfCFTA is expected to progressively eliminate tariffs on intra-African trade

    According to the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa, AfCFTA can boost intra-Africa trade by 53.2%

  • 7. Africa’s industrial exports stand to benefit the most from the pact

  • 8. The AfCFTA also aims to harmonize the efforts of sub-regional trading bloc and also consolidate gains

  • 9. It aims at empowering especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who form around 80% of the region’s businesses.

  • 10. SMEs through the AfCFTA will have capacity to supply inputs to larger regional companies who will in turn deal with overseas export.

  • 11. Intra-continental trade in Africa is around 16% as against 51% for Asia and 70% for Europe, the pact aims to change that narrative.

  • 12. Some of the main hurdles are: local business laws, security and poor infrastructure.

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Absa became the new competitor on the Ethiopia market.

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Absa Bank Of South Africa’s  has become the Latest Multinational Corporation to show Interest in Organizing the Ethiopia market.

Ethiopia has since Prevented Foreign Ownership in Economic Sectors that Includes Banking but Abiy Ahmed has began to take fast Action on the issue since he came to power in April.



Jason Quinn, the bank’s chief financial officer, told reporters that Absa was investigating on how and where to enter in a number of populating market, including Nigeria and Angola.

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Am Entrance made into the Ethiopia market of 100 million People, would be part of a Scheme made by Absa after it break from Britain’s Barclays in 2017.

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Ethiopia has plans to liberalise state-owned companies including Ethiopian Airlines, Ethio Telecom, Ethiopian Shipping & Logistics Services Enterprise, and Ethiopian Electric Power, in order to attract foreign direct investment and stimulate growth.

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Black box of the Ethiopian Airline Crash recovered.

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The United Nations described the Sunday crash of the Ethiopia airline as disastrous saying it has cost them a great loss.



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Michael Moller, director-general of the U.N. European head garters said this was the worst loss suffered in years in Geneva in a statement where 150 people where gathered.

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Investigators in Ethiopia have recovered the black box from the ill-fated Ethiopian airline this Sunday.

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