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Nigeria To Sign Africa Free Trade Agreement On July 7

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Nigeria has finally agreed to sign the African free trade pact at the forthcoming African Union (AU) summit holding in Niamey capital Niger, a statement posted on the Nigeria presidency’s Twitter feed on Tuesday.

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The 12th extraordinary summit on African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) holds on July 7, in Niamey capital Niger.
Nigeria, the largest economy on the continent, was one of the last countries that had not committed to signing the deal and its decision to join the bloc will significantly bolster its clout.
The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) aims to eliminate tariffs between member states, creating a market of 1.2 billion people with a combined GDP of more than $2.2 trillion.
Apart from Nigeria, only Eritrea and Benin have chosen not to join the zone. President Muhammadu Buhari had expressed concern it could allow neighboring countries to inundate Nigeria with low-priced goods, and confound efforts to encourage moribund local manufacturing and expand farming.
But a panel set up to assess the impact of joining the bloc recommended last week the president “should consider joining.”
“Our position is very simple, we support free trade as long as it is fair and conducted on an equitable basis,” the Twitter feed quoted Buhari as saying.
It added Nigeria would sign onto the deal at an upcoming African Union summit in Niamey, Niger. The agreement with the other signatories came into force on May 30.
The Extra-ordinary Summit in Niger will also make a decision on the location of the secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area which will have the principal function of implementing the Agreement through a focused work programme.
According to AU, seven Member-States: Egypt, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana, Madagascar and Senegal submitted bids to host the secretariat.

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