A warm welcome to Kigali, and thank you all for being here today.
I thank Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat for convening this event, and I also commend the Commissioner for Trade and Industry, Albert Muchanga, and the entire staff of the African Union Commission for their hard work and dedication.
The Extraordinary Summit on the African Continental Free TRADE AfCFTA held from 17 – 21 March 2018 in Kigali , Rwanda, will serve as a platform for the African Union to sign into existence another flagship project that will boost intra-Africa trade: The Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community relating to Free Movement of Persons, Rights of Residence and Right of Establishment.
Kigali Rwanda, 19th March 2018: The establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area will result in a unified market of over 1,2 billion people with a combined gross product of over US$3 trillion, said H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, in his address during the 18th Executive Council on African Continental Free Trade Area. He added that it would result in an increase in intra-African trade of 52 per cent by 2022 and culminate in substantial improvements of the lives of Africans.
Kigali, Rwanda, 19 March 2018: H.E Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) underscored the need for Africa to speak with one voice as African Union member states embark on implementing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
INVITATION TO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MEDIA
When: Tuesday 20 March 2018
Time: 2:00-2:45 pm
Where: Kigali Convention Center, Room MH4
• Your Excellency, Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the
• Hon Ministers;
• AUC Commissioners and staff, here present;
• Representatives of Regional Economic Communities;
• AU partners;
• Distinguished delegates;
• Ladies and Gentlemen.