Africa’s economic transformation: implementing the AfCFTA

This event, hosted by UK think tank the ODI will discuss how the negotiations & implementation of the AfCFTA can contribute to Africa’s economic transformation.

Africa’s economic transformation is a critical component to improve Africa’s living standards, and an increase in intra-Africa trade through the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area supports transformation on the continent.

This event, organised under the programme Supporting Investment and Trade in Africa (SITA), aims to create a space to discuss how the negotiations and implementation of the AfCFTA can contribute to Africa’s economic transformation and better outcomes in key sectors, such as trade, green recovery and digital transformation. During the event, speakers will consider the practical implications for state governments and development partners, highlighting the support available to those involved in its implementation at national level and the key opportunities ahead.


Dirk Willem te Velde – Chair – Director of Programme, International Economic Development Group, ODI

Hon. Herbert Krapa – Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry of the Republic of Ghana 

Emily Njeri Mburu-Ndoria – Director of Trade in Services, Investment, Intellectual Property Rights and Digital Trade, African Continental Free Trade Area Secretariat  
Frank Matsaert – Chief Executive Officer of TradeMark East Africa (TMEA)  
Trudi Hartzenberg  – Executive Director of the Trade Law Centre for Southern Africa (TRALAC)
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