Online platform launched to support Africa Free Trade Agreement
20-06-2018 10:34:00 | by: Bob Koigi | hits: 3436 | Tags:

The African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC) has launched its knowledge platform coming after the historic signing of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).

The online platform will provide daily monitoring of national, regional and international trade policy news, current affairs, and related developments of interest to Africa’s business, trade and development communities.  This service is provided in both English and French.  Progress in the implementation of the AfCFTA will be a special focus.

More broadly the platform will support the development of technical capacities in African trade policy through online discussions, publications, tracking of key events and important conferences, and e-learning courses. 

Industrializing through trade and skills for modelling trade policy scenarios and outcomes are among the e-learning courses that are expected to be made available online, in close collaboration with UNECA’s training arm, the Dakar-based Institute for Economic Development and Planning.

“Trade is central to Africa’s development.  The UNECA’s African Trade Policy Centre’s new online platform will serve as a continental hub that provides trade news and information to help continental integration to take root in Africa.” says Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

“We want to ensure that Africa’s own narrative on trade policy issues is widely shared while also taking advantage of the technology to develop skills and capacities” said David Luke, Coordinator of the African Trade Policy Centre at the UNECA, in elaborating the rationale of the new platform.