TERMS OF REFERENCE
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
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.
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 :
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
III. Expected results
An analytical note on the logistical situation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (FTAA).
Thus, it will be used :
V. Schedules Activities
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