ESTABLISHMENT OF AFRICAN FTA AT ADVANCED STAGE, SAYS AU COMMISSIONER

LUSAKA,Work on establishing a continental free trade area (FTA) for Africa has reached an advanced stage, says the African Union (AU) Commissioner for Trade and Industry, Albert Muchanga.

Speaking to the First Secretary for Press and Tourism at the Zambian Embassy in Ethiopia, Inutu Mwanza, Zambian national Muchanga said Zambia was actively participating in negotiations to create a workable continental FTA.

He added that a draft protocol on the establishment of the African FTA would be ready by December this year after African Trade Ministers meet in Niger next month.

Muchanga said once the protocol is in place, there would be no duty charged on products moving from one African country to another.

Meanwhile, the Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations, Amos Chanda, says it gives the government pride to see its citizens serving in key positions at the AU Commission.

Chanda said President Edgar Lungu wants to see more Zambians taking up positions in strategic agencies outside the country. The government is hopeful that those serving in such positions will excel and put the interest of the country first.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK