Making policies work


External event



Africa Trade Week 2016

28 November 2016
2 December 2016

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The ATW2016 will be organised by the African Union Commission and the United Nation Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), in partnership with the African Development Bank, the Africa Export-Import Bank. The ATW2016 will focus on the Continental Free Trade Area(CFTA), with emphasis on trade facilitation, implementation as well as building productive capacities for industrialisation. The main objective of ATW2016 is to provide a comprehensive, integrated and inclusive platform for policy dialogue between various trade constituencies – including public officials, parliamentarians, civil society and the private sector – on Africa’s current trade agenda. ATW2016 will provide networking opportunities through (a) a Business to Business Exchange program (B2B Exchange) for the private sector and through (b) an Exhibition of productive and trade capacity building programs. The specific objectives of ATW2016 are to:

  • Enable high-level exchange of views between African countries, regional economic communities and their international partners on how African countries can foster economic integration that nurtures social and economic structural transformation as mandated by Agenda 2063.
  • Facilitate a platform for RECs, member states and other stakeholders to exchange views on how to prioritize the CFTA as part of a coherent and consistent package that encompasses the multilateral and bilateral trade agenda as well as share experience for cross-fertilization on the CFTA negotiations and its effective implementation.
  • Provide a platform for African trade stakeholders to define their contribution to the CFTA as well as reflect on how their existing trade capacity building programs can be mobilized in support of the CFTA initiative.
  • Provide a platform for peer-to-peer learning among the private sector, based on best practices for private sector-led initiatives in support of Africa’s structural transformation.

Trade, investment and financeRegional IntegrationAfrican Union (AU)TradeAfrica