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13th African Economic Conference : African Countries Urged To Leverage Strengths Toward Integration

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The 13th African Economic Conference, AEC has called for African countries to leverage the full range of their strengths and resources to accelerate the region’s drive towards continental integration.

According to a joint opening statement from the UN, participants made the call at ongoing conference in Kigali, Rwanda.

The conference, jointly organised by the UN Development Programme, the UN Economic Commission for Africa, and the African Development Bank, follows the launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area,AfCTA.

The AfCTA was signed in March by 44 countries and seen as an ambitious effort to form what has the potential to be the world’s biggest free trade agreement.

It aims to create a single continental market of goods and services, with free movement of business persons and investments across Africa.

Speaking during the conference’s opening ceremony, Rwanda’s Minister of State in charge of Economic Planning Claudine Uwera, said “Africa’s integration is no longer a choice.

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