INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ZLECAF (ONLINE)


TERMS OF REFERENCE
WEBINAR

Theme: "The place of logistics in the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (FTAA): challenges and prospects".
04 March 2021 online on zoom

I. Background
The African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTAA) ratified by 54 African states by the end of 2019 and whose implementation is scheduled for January 2021, marks the beginning of a new era in the continent.
Indeed, the agreement will reduce customs duties between member countries, facilitate trade in goods and services while putting in place the necessary provisions such as health standards and Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT).

With projected wealth creation of US$3.4 billion and a targeted target of 50% of intra-African trade by 2030, FTAA is a source of considerable hope for Africa's private sector. If implemented, it would reorganize the region's markets and economies and boost production in the services, manufacturing, and natural resources sectors. Also, its acceleration should contribute to ensuring food security across the continent.

The Covid-19 situation could also provide an opportunity to accelerate progress on regulatory and structural reforms. As supported by several personalities of the continent, the FTAA remains Africa's ambitious plan for prosperity and economic resilience even in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic crisis.

However, there remains at least one crucial question, namely, what is the place of logistics in the implementation of the FTAA?

Beyond the administrative and customs provisions which will certainly and progressively go in the direction of facilitating free trade, what about infrastructure projects and logistics platforms?  What role should logistics play in this FTAA project? What opportunities are offered to companies in the transport or logistics sector in general, an indispensable link to boost intra-African trade? Is Africa ready to meet the logistics challenges that await it in the implementation of the FTAA? These are all questions that deserve reflection.

II. Objectives

The observation is obvious and the facts are stubborn, in terms of logistical investments, Africa is several decades behind, with significant disparities between the different member countries. The continent is experiencing many difficulties in this sector, particularly with :

  • The lack of logistics infrastructure at international level ;
  • Administrative and customs red tape at the borders;
  • The high cost of transporting goods;
  • Political instability and transport security, particularly road transport;
  • The lack of a medium-long term logistic vision of our States.

This webinar aims at highlighting the challenges facing our States and the African private sector, particularly in the logistics and transport sector, in the implementation of the FTAA.
Thus, it will enable participants to

  • Learn about the progress of the FTAA project and its future deadlines;
  • Have an overview of the logistics situation on the continent;
  • Understand the stakes of the logistics sector and its opportunities in the implementation of the FTAA;
  • To have an idea on the prospects and transformations towards the future of local and continental African logistics in the context of a pandemic.

III. Expected results

An analytical note on the logistical situation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (FTAA).
Thus, it will be used :

  • Information notes for companies on the logistical advantages of the free trade zone and the difficulties that may arise.
  • A logistics information platform for companies and market players is set up.

IV. Themes

  1. Review of the FTAA project and future deadlines : Review the history of the project, current discussions and negotiations, country commitments, prerequisites, and upcoming deadlines.
  2. Diagnosis of the Logistics Chain in the African Continental Free Trade Area (FTAA) : Analyze the logistics chain of the African Continental Free Trade Area (FTAA), address logistics problems, difficulties and challenges. Analyze the disparities in terms of infrastructure between African countries. Address the gap between more industrialized regions such as the Maghreb compared to sub-Saharan Africa. Propose solutions for improving the fluidity of goods.
  3. The role of ports in the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTAA) : Analyze the importance of ports in the (ACFTAA) and their role in the implementation of the (ACFTAA), analyze the intra-African maritime lines that exist and those that could be created to boost trade.
  4. The impact of Covid-19 on the logistic plan in the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTAA) : Analyze the possible prospects with the ACFTAA in a context of pandemic: opportunity or threat? What are the expected transformations in the transport and logistics sector and the necessary adaptations.

V. Schedules Activities

  • 15h45 - 16h10 Technical set-up
  • 16:10 - 16:15 Welcome by the Director of Africa Logistics Magazine (ALM)
  • 16:15 - 16:35 Review of the ZLECAF project and future deadlines
  • 16:35 - 16:55 Diagnosis of the Logistics Chain in the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTAZ)
  • 16h55 - 17h15 The role of ports in the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTAA)
  • 17h15 - 17h35 The impact of Covid-19 on logistics in the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTAA)
  • 17h15 - 18h00 Contributions, Questions & Answers

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Date de l'événement

Thursday, 4 March, 2021

Lieu de l'événement

ZOOM