Exploring the AfCFTA and the resilient economic recovery

This event, hosted by UK think tank the Overseas Development Institute will explore how the AfCFTA can be utilized as a lever for green trade.

The African Union Agenda 2063 aims to transform African economies by increasing intra-continental trade and investment. As African countries seek to rebuild their economies after the damage caused by COVID19, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) constitutes the most important instrument to achieve those goals.

The AfCFTA is predicted to bring vast economic benefits to the continent, however, the strengthening of intra-African value chains, increased economic growth, and enhanced human development gains are not the only effects that will define its success. In an era marked by rapidly advancing environmental degradation and climate change, the AfCFTA must serve as a lever for sustainable growth.

During this event, speakers will explore how the AfCFTA can be utilized as a lever for green trade, focusing on the strategic implementation of AfCFTA Protocols, and on ongoing negotiations that can be aligned with developing a green economy (incl. enhancing Biotrade for small businesses).


Colette van der Ven – Chair – Director, Tulip Consulting

Petina Gappah – Principal Legal Adviser, AfCFTA Secretariat

Jodie Keane – Senior Research Fellow, ODI

Stefania Lovo – Associate Professor, University of Reading

David Luke -Professor in Practice and Strategic Director, Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

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