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Sunday, 25 March 2018

Al Bashir Signs Kigali Agreement Establishing African Free Trade Area

Khartoum- (Zuleikha Abdul Raziq-Khalda Elyas) President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer Al Bashir signed during his participation in the opening session of the African

Union’s Extraordinary Summit in the Rwandan capital of Kigali yesterday the Kigali Declaration and the agreement establishing African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) besides the protocol concerning freedom of movement of persons among the states of the African continent.
The documents were also signed by Rwandan President Paul Kagame, President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou, Chadian President Idris Deby, President of Republic of Congo Denis Sassou Nguesso, President of Djibouti Ismail Omar Guelleh, Gabonese President Ali Bongo, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Senegalese President Macky Sall.
The documents were also signed by each of the Presidents of South Africa, Angola, Central Africa Republic, the Comoros, Ghana, Gambia, and Mozambique besides a number of other heads of state and government.
The extraordinary African summit on establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) opened session in Kigali, Rwanda, yesterday, with participation of President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer Al Bashir.
The inaugural session of the African Union (AU) summit conference was addressed by President of Rwanda and Chairman of the AU Paul Kagame, welcoming the heads of state and government participating in the summit.
President Kagame pointed out that the summit would adopt the agreement establishing CFTA, the protocol of freedom of movement of persons and Kigali Declaration.
He noted that the free trade area is considered a culmination to a vision that had been agreed upon 40 years ago during Lagos meetings, lauding the great role that is being assumed by the African economic groups in boosting the African integration.
President Kagame added that CFTA would be source of welfare for all Africans through the establishment of the African Common Market.
Chairperson of the AU Commission Moussa Faki, on his part, said convening of this summit is considered as a real start for economic integration among the African countries, indicating that the initiative is set to realize the aspirations of the peoples of the African continent.
He added that the world witnesses quick change a matter that requires more unity and integration among the African states, explaining that the achievements culminated incessant work that lasted for two years.
Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou, on his part, said the agreement establishing CFTA would realize the dream of African economic unity, which was sought by the founding presidents of the AU.
He noted that CFTA represents one of the programs of the African Agenda 2063.