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Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Procedural Law [MPEiPro]

Dispute Settlement: African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)

Olabisi D Akinkugbe

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 04 December 2021

Regional trade — Settlement of disputes

Published under the direction of Hélène Ruiz Fabri, with the support of the Department of International Law and Dispute Resolution, under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law.

1 In March 2018, 44 of the 55 African States members of the African Union (AU) met in Kigali, Rwanda, to sign a landmark pact that aims to transform intra-African trade relations (Viljoen, 2011). In May 2019, that pact, the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (the ‘Agreement’), entered into force. The initial implementation was projected to commence in mid-2020, however that plan was temporarily derailed by the coronavirus pandemic and rescheduled for 2021 (African Union, 2021). Trading under the AfCFTA was officially launched on 1...
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