The Nordic Africa Institute


AfCFTA: is it accelerating Africa’s economic growth?

A podcast episode on trade from and within Africa
Date • 7 Jul 2023

Signed in 2018, officially launched in 2021, and now in full swing, the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement, the AfCFTA, aims to create a single market in Africa by erasing trade and labour mobility barriers. By 2030, the African free trade zone is estimated to host 1.7 billion people and oversee consumer and business spending at a value of almost 7 trillion US dollars. While there is much to be gained from the agreement but there are some challenges ahead. Can Africa surmount them and harness its collective power to boost economic growth?

Our panel of experts include:

  • Assem Abu Hatab, senior researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute
  • Jörgen Levin, senior researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute
  • Stephen Karingi, Director of the Regional Integration and Trade Division at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

NAI Podcast

The Nordic Africa Podcast is a series of discussions where we talk to political scientists, anthropologists, economists and other researchers about current issues and trends in Africa. We analyse the choices of African leaders, we challenge dominant narratives about the continent, and occasionally, we look into the crystal ball to see where Africa is headed. Hosts Heba Habib and Henrik Alfredsson and guesting experts guide us toward a deepened understanding of Africa’s role on the global scene.

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