The Republic of Cabo Verde has become the forty-first (41st) State Party to deposit an instrument of ratification for the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA).
In the name of H.E. The instrument was presented to the Chairperson of the Office of the Legal Counsel by Miryan Djamila Sena Vieira, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Cabo Verde, and Belarmino Silva, Ambassador of Cabo Verde in Nigeria and ECOWAS.
H.E. Wamkele Mene, Secretary-General of the AfCFTA Secretariat, expressed his satisfaction and welcomed Cabo Verde as a State Party.
To date, the Agreement Establishing the AfCFTA has been signed by 54 AU Member States. Forty-one (41) African Union Member States are also State Parties to the Agreement by virtue of their deposits of the instruments of ratification of the Agreement, demonstrating an unequivocal political will to achieve market integration in Africa.
Pursuant to Article 13 of the Agreement establishing the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), the Assembly has established the AfCFTA Secretariat.
The seat of the AfCFTA Secretariat is Ghana, Accra.
Under the AfCFTA, African countries have collectively undertaken commitments to substantially liberalise all trade by eliminating tariffs on 97% of tariff lines – over a 13-year period from the start of implementation.
So far, the AfCFTA Secretariat 44 countries representing 80% of African Union membership have submitted their tariff offers, with Algeria being the latest.
Regarding Trade in Services, so far, the Secretariat has received 46 initial offers submitted by State and non-State Parties, covering the five priority sectors, namely: Business, Communication, Financial, Tourism and Transport services sectors.
On Trade in Services, there have been some progress in the implementation of the objectives of the Protocol on Trade in Services.
So far, the AfCFTA Secretariat has received 46 initial offers submitted by State and non-State Parties, covering the five priority sectors, namely: Business, Communication, Financial, Tourism and Transport services sectors.
Some State and non-State Parties, namely members of CEMAC, EAC, and ECOWAS, have all presented consolidated offers as part of this process.