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Insight: Lowering tariffs may not the magic wand for promoting businesses and helping economies grow. But what lies in the value proposition of AfCFTA is its offer for incremental and long-term benefit in creating new markets for goods and services.

Check: The Brooking Institution has this forecast for Africa through 2021, where it dedicated Chapter Five to address economic integration. The COVID-19 may have dealt the speedy implementation of the African Continent Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) a blow. But Brooking insists that leaders in Africa “must move forward with the ambitious project.”

Learn: six benefits of a free trade regime worth pursuing between African countries, which may help the continent change the game in itsfavour.

Guide: Businesses based in Africa or those from the outside but working with the continent can learn the nitty-gritty of the AfCFTA treaty.

Feast: For those data nerds, here are graphs and statistics to devour trade in Africa.

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