Intra-Africa trade increases economies of scale, value addition, and diversification while reinforcing the continent’s resilience to external shocks by reducing dependency on other regions. The AfCFTA also has the potential to increase job opportunities for Africa’s youthful population and growing middle class. However, appropriate governance mechanisms must be in place to maximize these opportunities while multiplying initiatives to narrow the infrastructure deficit.
Throughout this Africa Dialogue Series 2023, the interlinkages between these challenges and opportunities and their impacts on the development of Africa are explored through the lenses of three sub-themes: 1. Boosting Trade Facilitation and Rethinking the Foundations of Africa’s Export Diversification; 2. Growing Middle Class and Continental Import Substitution: Connecting the Dots to Unlock Made in Africa; and 3. Digital Service Trade: Great Potential but Regulatory Frameworks Are Urgent.
The AfCFTA brings enormous opportunities
The Africa Dialogue Series 2023 is organized by the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) and the African Union Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations (AUPOM) in partnership with the The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat, the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Sub-theme 2: Growing Middle Class and Continental Import Substitution – Connecting the Dots to Unlock Made in Africa
- Documentary Video Screening
- Video Interviews with Experts
- International Webinar
- Youth Voices
- African Music Videos