Mr. Wamkele Mene, Secretary-General of the AfCFTA speaking at a virtual press briefing on the Status of AfCFTA, revealed that, they were in the process of introducing a digital enabling platform to make sure there was interconnectivity on the continent to create room for business expansion, verification of trade documentation and reaching new customers across the continent.
Mr. Mene said through digital enabling platforms, they believed they could accelerate interconnectivity, particularly of SMEs across the continent to reach the goal of reducing various trade and investment barriers in Africa in line with the objectives of the agreement.
After which he touched on the issue of rules of origin, the Secretary-General said the Secretariat would have to be robust in the application of the rules of origin to ensure there were no job losses. “Other products from the diaspora will not enjoy preferential treatment, because we want to ensure industrial development of the African continent,” he added.
Mr. Mene said the Secretariat would always be ready to work with similar institutions in the implementation of the African development agenda and indicated that infrastructure was critical to doubling trade revenue by 2035.
He stated that the agreement did not make provision for free movement of people on the continent but rather there was free movement of business people.