The Ethiopian president has called on African nations to boost intra-African trade through the implementation of a recently constituted African Continental Free Trade Area.

On April 3, Gambia deposited its ratification instrument of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) becoming the 22nd member state of the AU to do so — the minimum number of countries required for the free trade regime to go into effect.

Under the AfCFTA, the countries committed to remove tariffs on 90% of goods, liberalize trade in services, and lift non-tariff barriers.

The agreement eyes creating a single African market of

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