Federal Government has flagged off nationwide awareness and sensitisation campaign on African Continental Free Area Agreement AFCFTA, which is expected to deliver an integrated continental market of about one point Three billion consumers in the continent with an aggregate Gross Domestic Product of USD3.4 trillion.
At the ceremony in Kaduna, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment Otumba Niyi Adebayo explained that the core objective of the agreement is to create a single market for goods, services and free movement of persons in order to deepen the economic integration of the African continent.
Represented by the Director, Trade Department, Mr. Abubakar Aliyu, the minister said Nigeria approved the ratification of the agreement in November last year, to demomstrate readiness to participate in the Continental Free Trade Agreement.
According to him, the flagged off of the activity was to take the message of the Agreement to the states and grassroots levels where the bulk of, both natural resources, human talent and economic activities are domiciled.
Presenting an overview, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on public Sector Matters Mr. Francis Anatogu explained that the continent can not achieve Industrialization without implementing the agreement.
Mr. Francis Anatogu, who is also the secretary of the National Action Committee of the AFCFTA emphasized that the campaign will be carried out across the Thirty Six States of the Federation to create awareness and encourage active participation of all stakeholders.
Kaduna State Governor Mallam Nasiru Elrufai who was represented by the Commissioner, Ministry of Business Innovation Idris Samaila stated that the urban renewal projects in the state has set the stage for trade and investment to thrive.