WEBINAR: Implementing the AfCFTA: the Need for Deepening Private Sector Engagement

24 March 2021“Implementing the AfCFTA: the Need for Deepening Private Sector Engagement and Commitment”, co-hosted by the African Development Bank (AfDB), UNIDO, Session N°17 @ the International Trade Centre (ITC), the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Aid-for-Trade Stocktaking Event 2021.

The AfDB, UNIDO and the ITC have each engaged with the private sector at the continental, regional and sub-national level to facilitate the African business community’s access to the new single market. The panelists will reflect on: measures to promote the benefits of the AfCFTA among the private sector; suitable trade policies and regulations to make the AfCFTA work for the African business community; and steps to increase intra-African trade. They will also explore ways to boost the participation of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), women and young entrepreneurs in the new single market to facilitate growth and enhance job creation.

Participants included high-level representatives from the African Business sector and the International Organizations involved.Opening remarks by:


  • H.E. Mr. Alan Kyerematen, Minister of Trade and Industry of Ghana (TBC)
  • Ms. Tania Rödiger-Vorwerk, Director, Private Sector, Trade, Employment and Digital Technologies, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
  • Ms. Glwadys Tawema, CEO, Karethic, Benin | Biography
  • Mr. Emmanouil Davradakis, Senior Economist, European Investment Bank | Biography
  • Mr. Paul Walters, Director for Trade & Development, UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office | Biography
  • Mr. Michael Kottoh, Head of Strategy & Research, AfroChampions | Biography
  • Moderator – H.E. Ambassador Usha Dwarka-Canabady, Permanent Representative of Mauritius/ Coordinator of the African Group at the World Trade Organization

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