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African countries urged to ratify free trade agreement

From left- Director-General of Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations, NOTN, Mr Victor Liman, Secretary-General, AFCFTA, Mr Wamkele Mene, Minister of Trade and Investment, Otumba Adeniyi Adebayo. Photo: RN.

The Secretary-General of Africa Continental Free Trade Area Secretariat AfCFTA Mr Wamkele Mene has called on all African countries to ratify the Free Trade Agreement signed by the organization to make Africa a global economic giant by 2022.

He made the call during a visit to the Minister of Industry Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo in Abuja.

Mr Mene explained that when the policy is ratified, Africa will be an Industrialized continent, thereby creating job opportunities for its over one billion population.

The Secretary-General, however, thanked the Nigerian government for its key role in the economic development of the continent and promised that the Agency would set up an institution to check to dump of products.

The Minister of Industry Trade and investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo maintained that Nigeria remained committed to the AfCFTA Market, regional integration and the advancement of Africa’s Industrial Objectives.
Otunba Adebayo said Nigeria is currently in the process of securing approval to ratify the agreement.

The Secretary-General of AfCFTA is on a three-day working visit to Nigeria since his election in March this year.

Patience Olumati

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