The vision of African leaders for a free trade area across the continent is becoming a reality, and real trade benefits will begin to flow from July 1 2020, when tariffs will start to tumble.

There are still some details to be resolved by negotiators, but the process is on track to see customs duties reduced as of July 2020. It is already possible to see what the initial benefits of the agreement will be and the prospects for increasing trade between African countries.     

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