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.
Your Excellency, Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission;
Your Excellency, Ms. Louise Mushikiwabo, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and East African Community of the Republic of Rwanda and Chairperson of the Executive Council
Your Excellencies Honourable Ministers of Member States;
Your Excellency Deputy Chairperson, and African Union Commissioners;
Your Excellencies Ambassadors;
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen
Good morning members of the media.
I am very happy to be with you.
I have come here to brief you on the state of play as we move towards 21st March, 2018 when the 10th Extra-Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union Heads of State and Government will be held, here in Kigali.
The purpose of the Extra-Ordinary Session will be for Heads of State and Government to sign legal instruments establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area and thereafter launch it.
Madame Chairperson of the Executive Council,
Distinguished Representatives of the Regional Economic Communities and the Organs of the Union,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
May I first of all, on behalf of the African Union Commission, express to the Government and the people of Rwanda our deep gratitude for the excellent organisation of our meeting.
I am touched by the innumerable expressions of hospitality shown to my colleagues and me since our arrival in Kigali.