Is the AfCFTA viable in a post-pandemic Africa?

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is an integration initiative embedded in Agenda 2063 of the African Union. The main objective of the AfCFTA is to create a single continental market for goods and services with free movement of people and investments, thus expanding intra-African trade across the continent, enhancing competitiveness, and supporting economic transformation in Africa.

However, it was launched on January 1st, 2021, when Africa was still having a surge in the pandemic. Therefore, AfCFTA begs whether intra-Africa integration is possible when the pandemic has drastically changed the socio-economic scape.

Before the pandemic, Africa had a promising economy as one of the fastest-growing economies globally. Unfortunately, Africa’s economy was one of the hardest hit during the COVID-19 pandemic…..

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