The Nordic Africa Institute


Free trade area expected to add value to Africa's natural resources

Date • 8 Sep 2023

“The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is going to help African countries diversify their economies and add value to their natural resources. This will make it possible for regional value chains to emerge,” says Stephen Karingi, Director of the Regional Integration and Trade Division at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). He was one of the speakers at the NAI event Africa’s trade potential – an interactive and evidence-based ‘deep dive’. It brought together African and Nordic scientists, policymakers and practitioners to discuss how Africa’s trade potential can be unlocked.