Erudite Series on the future of Africa: AfCFTA

Erudite Series on the future of Africa: AfCFTA


The African Continental Free Trade Area presents a unique opportunity to create an integrated, continent-wide market, a vital step towards building the ‘Africa we want’.


The event will highlight AfCFTA’s potential to bring about significant economic and social benefits in the form of faster economic growth, higher incomes and reduced levels of poverty. The AfCFTA provides opportunities for African countries to diversify and industrialise their economies, through tariff reductions and other measures, including an enabling policy environment to reduce their reliance on the export of primary goods. In this seminar, we will explore the impact of higher levels of trade integration on Africa’s overall progress towards sustainable economic transformation in line with Agenda 2063.   

This seminar is co-hosted by AUDA-NEPAD and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS).

Read the full AfCFTA report here.

Moderator: Nyiko Khoza, Head of Private Sector Engagement at the African Union Development Agency

Presenter: Dr Blessing Chipanda, Researcher, African Futures & Innovation (AFI) programme at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS)


Mr George Boateng, Senior Policy Analyst, African Center for Economic Transformation

Mr Mustafa Sakr, Trade and Markets Division lead at AUDA-NEPAD

Development partners

The ISS is grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.