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African Union Commission Consult with SADC Member States to discuss on the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA)

Posted by African Press International on June 5, 2014

GABORONE, Botswana, June 4, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ The SADC Consultative meeting on CFTA/BIAT kicked off today. The meeting is organized by the AUC in collaboration with SADC Secretariat and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The objectives of the two days meeting is to facilitate consultations and dialogue between SADC Member states on the CFTA.

In her opening remark H.E Mrs. Fatima Haram Acyl, Commissioner for Trade and Industry, highlighted that “there is a consensus on functional regional FTAs which provides a strong basis for the implementation of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA), it is for this reason that we see a lot of value in supporting the implementation of SADC FTA and in the tripartite initiative of COMESA-EAC-SADC to establish FTA by 2014″. In Addition she affirmed that “the successful implementation of BIAT/CFTA initiative requires the participation of multiple stakeholders. These include the private sector, civil society, parliamentarians and academia among others.”

The meeting was also assumed by the director of SADC secretariat, Ms. Boitumelo Gofhamodimo who stated that “……BIAT action plan is aimed at addressing challenges constraining intra-African trade through programmes and activities grouped under seven clusters covering trade policy, trade facilitation, productive capacity, trade-related infrastructure, trade finance, trade information and factor market integration”, the Director said “this should resonate well with the aspirations of SADC Member states who are keen to put up coherent programmes to address problems arising out of an increasingly competitive global market environment”. In addition she said” in preparation for CFTA negotiations there are a number of lessons that can be drawn from the tripartite experience”.

Addressing the opening ceremony, the Permanent Secretary of Trade and Industry in Botswana, Mrs. Banny Molosiwa welcomed all the delegates to Gaborone to attend this critical meeting. “The meeting comes at an opportune time as it will allow us, as SADC, to introspect and to make meaningful contributions towards the Action Plan for boosting Intra-African Trade”. In addition, she said “…….Most of the SADC Members are part of the Tripartite negotiations whose main objective is to strengthen and deepen economic integration of the southern and East African regions…..therefore, full implementation of the SADC Free Trade Area, as well as meaningful progress at the Tripartite level should be the stepping stones towards conclusion of the CFTA”, In her conclusion, the Permanent Secretary of Botswana Ministry of Trade encouraged the involvement and participation of the private sectors in the process of the implementation of the CFTA. For full speech please consult our website http://ti.au.int

SADC Member States, SADC Secretariat, UNECA, Association of SADC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ASCCI) and the Botswana Confederation of Commerce and Manpower development participated in this meeting.

For further information please consult our website; http://ti.au.int

 

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African Union Commission (AUC)

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SRSG Djinnit meets with President Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire

Posted by African Press International on June 5, 2014

DAKAR, Senegal, June 4, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for West Africa, Mr. Said Djinnit, met today in Abidjan with the President of Cote d’Ivoire, Mr. Alassane Ouattara.

Mr. Ouattara and Mr. Djinnit discussed the situation in West Africa and the various challenges to the security and stability in the region.

SRSG Djinnit informed the President that he will be undertaking this afternoon his second visit to Nigeria as High Representative of the Secretary General following the abduction of the school girls in Chibok. He expressed concern at the prevailing insecurity in North-Eastern Nigeria as a result of the terrorist acts perpetrated by Boko Haram and reiterated the United Nations commitment to the stability of Nigeria and the consolidation of its democracy.

Echoing the extraordinary ECOWAS Summit meeting which was held recently in Accra, the President and the Special Representative stressed the need for regional coordination to fight terrorism.

The President and the Special Representative w elcomed the peaceful elections in Guinea-Bissau and called for interna! tional support to the newly elected authorities, the Government and people of Guinea-Bissau. The Special Representative seized the opportunity to commend ECOWAS and its leaders for their support to the transition process in Guinea-Bissau.

 

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UNITED NATIONS

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